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Suicidal Tendencies, Fistful of Ska, and Mogwai head weekend concert calendar

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Central Iowa has some concert gems this weekend. If you are looking for some live music this weekend, check out this weekend's concert calendar.

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Friday's concerts kick off at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines with the venue's Friday Work Release at 4:30 p.m. Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band start your weekend off with some blues rock, while the venue offers free food while it lasts. The party has a $5 cover. Friday also kicks off Fistful of Ska 3 at Gas Lamp. The opening of the 3-day ska festival follows the Friday Work Release at 8 p.m. Friday's performers include Mephiskapheles, Soul Radics, Chris Murray with The New Riddim, The Bandulus, and 3 Minute Hero. Friday night of Fistful of Ska is $20, and it is open to all those 21 and older. Tickets for Fistful of Ska 3 are available here.

Here is a look at the rest of the top shows on Friday, May 16:

Mr. Baber's Neighbors and Evergreen Grass Band (bluegrass)
Wooly's in Des Moines at 9 p.m. (21+, Tix: $6)

Paul Doffing (folk) with Doctor Murdock and Bleujack
DG's Tap House in Ames at 9 p.m. (21+, free)

Dallas Hendrix (country)
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines at 9 p.m. (21+, $5)

Dakota Park (alt-country)
Hotel Pattee in Perry at 7 p.m. (all ages, free)

The River Monks (folk) Record Release Party Part 1
with GoodcaT and Dylan Sires & Neighbors
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 5:45 p.m. (all ages, $7)

The River Monks (folk) Record Release Party Part 2
with Har-di-Har and Land of Blood & Sunshine
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 10 p.m. (21+, $7)

Saturday's concert list is headed by a performance by the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai (see slideshow) at Wooly's in Des Moines at 8 p.m. Mogwai released their new album Rave Tapes in January, and they have watched it climb to #10 in the United Kingdom, #2 in Scotland, and #55 in the U.S. Tickets for the show are $17.50 in advance and $20 the day of the show. This will be an all ages show.

Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines will hold "Benefit for Griffin" on Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 p.m. The event will raise money for Griffin Phipps, a baby born with Pulmonary Hypoplasia and ARPKD (an incurable kidney disease), and his family. Admission is a $5 donation, and there will be a raffle and other fundraising activities throughout the night. Des Moines pop group Pie in the Sky will perform. This is a 21+ event. To learn more about the Griffin family's plight, click here.

Here is a look at the rest of the top concerts for Saturday, May 17:

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals
The Harris Collection, The Mercury Brothers,
Hot Tamale & the Red Hots, and Jefferson County Green Band
Hotel Fort Des Moines Grand Ballroom In Des Moines at 8 p.m. (21+, $10)
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Dead Larry (dance rock) with Night Phoenix
DG's Tap House in Ames at 9 p.m. (21+, $10)

Fistful of Ska 3, Day 2
Hub City Stompers, Jesse Wagner, Rude King, Umbrella Bed,
Sammy Kay & The Fast Four, The Bishops, The Last Slice,
and Young Costello
Gas Lamp in Des Moines at 3 p.m. (21+, Tix: $20)

Dividing the Masses (deathcore) with They Will Repent,
Buster Casey, The Opportunist, Intentions, Ghosthive,
Heartland, and By Design
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 3:30 p.m. (all ages, $5)

The Digital Wild (hip hop/rock--see video) with Ellesello
and DJ Confluence
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 10 p.m. (21+, $5)

Sunday's concerts are headed by a performance from the L.A. thrash band Suicidal Tendencies at Wooly's in Des Moines. The influential metal band fronted by Mike Muir (pictured above) has been credited as a pioneer in "crossover thrash" and was one of the first thrash bands to receive substantial play on MTV. Hits like "Institutionalized", "Nobody Hears", and "I'll Hate You Better" have propelled the band to numerous gold albums and worldwide notoriety. Suicidal Tendencies released their ninth studio album, entitled 13, last year. Tickets to the 7 p.m. all ages show are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the event. Green Death, Heavyweight, and the Outsiders will open the show.

Fistful of Ska 3 will wrap up on Sunday will an all ages day. Music at the Gas Lamp will begin at 3 p.m., and tickets for Day 3 of the festival are only $10. Sunday's lineup will feature Survay Says!, Run & Punch, Must Build Jacuzzi, and Fairhaven.

Here is a look at the rest of the top live music events in Central Iowa on Sunday, May 18:

Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band (blues rock)
Summerset Winery near Indianola at 3 p.m. (21+, $3)

Another Lost Year (alt-rock) with Bridge to Grace and Stone Park Ritual
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines at 6 p.m. (all ages, $12)

The River Monks (folk) with Brooks Strause and Dylan Sires & Neighbors
DG's Tap House in Ames at 9 p.m. (21+, free)

Rise Records & Friends Tour
featuring PVRIS (pop/alternative) with Nightmares, and Alive Like Me
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 5:30 p.m. (All Ages, Tix: $10 adv/$12 day of)

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