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Sunday brings Foreigner, Styx, Here Come The Mummies, and Fastball to the area

Sunday is a busy day for concerts in Central Iowa. The 2014 Iowa State Fair wraps up on Sunday night with performances by Foreigner, Styx, Here Come The Mummies, Fastball, and Charles Esten. With the fair winding down, the music venues in the area will be ramping up their entertainment schedules again. Check out all of the shows for Sunday, August 17 in the Central Iowa Concert Calendar.

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Here Come The Mummies.
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Closing out the Iowa State Fair for 2014 will be co-headlining classic rockers Foreigner and Styx (see slideshow). Tickets for the all ages Grandstand concert are $39, and they are still available. The show will kick off at 8 p.m. Foreigner's first four albums sold more than 5 million copies each and launched the band into worldwide superstardom. The band produced 18 Top singles, including the #1 smashes "Urgent", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", "I Want to Know What Love Is", and "Say You Will". Foreigner released a new collection on hits entitled I Want to Know What Love Is: The Ballads earlier this year. Styx also had four consecutive multi-platinum albums, en route to their current total of five multi-platinum, one platinum, and seven gold albums. The Chicago band has amassed twelve Top 20 singles. While "Babe" was Styx's only #1 single in U.S., the band added two more#1's, "The Best of Times" and "Mr. Roboto", in Canada. In 2012, Styx released the double live album The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight Live, which featured a performance of those two albums in their entirety performed at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis on November 9, 2010.

The fair's free stages have some interesting shows on closing night as well. Most notable of the shows is the Here Come The Mummies (pictured) concert at 8 p.m. on the Fairview Stage. The collective of musicians based out of Nashville bring their "Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave" back to the fair for another high energy performance. The musicians, dressed in full mummy wraps, are all rumored to have major label gigs, so their identities are kept "under wraps" as well. But the talent is unmistakable, and the performances are always amazingly memorable. The band released their sixth studio album Cryptic last year, and they have released a full-length concert film entitled Rejuvannhilation and two (of three planned) free EPs already this year. Check out HCTM in action in the nearby video.

Also on the free stages on Sunday, eco-crusaders Vocal Trash perform on the Fairview Stage at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Texas vocal group is billed as "Glee meets Stomp" and plays instruments made from trash cans, hubcaps, water cooler jugs, and other "trash". Nineties alt-rockers Fastball will perform on the Bud Light Stage at 8 p.m. The band best known for their 1998 #1 smash "The Way" has been nominated for two Grammy Awards during their career. Finally, actor/comedian/singer Charles "Chip" Esten will perform at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Esten is known for his acting on Whose Line is it Anyway? and his current role on ABC's Nashville, but three of his songs from Nashville have actually charted on the Country charts, and he is now touring doing limited singing engagements.

Here is a look at all the rest of Sunday's top shows:

Down on the Upside
w/ Nest of Snakes, Cirrus Minor, Alchemist, Butterfinger,
The Maw, As For You, Mike Shriner, Gravel Travel, Jim Enos,
Kane Starette, B.A.M., and Trish Toma & Friends
Birdland Park Shelter in Des Moines
11 a.m., all ages (free)

Dark Time Sunshine
w/ Big J Beats, Raphael Vigilantics, and Asphate
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages ($5)

Thelma and the Sleaze
w/ John The Bast--d and Karen Meat & the Players
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ ($5)

Brother Trucker at Live at the Creek
Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheater in West Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages (free)

Prairie Moon Winery near Ames
3 p.m., 21+ ($3)

The Brothers Gross
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages ($5)

Opus Taylor
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m. (free)

Max Wellman
El Patio Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages (free to diners)

Tom Gary Blues Project
w/ Curry
Hull Avenue Tavern in Des Moines
7 p.m., 21+ (free)

Millstreet Band
Two Saints Winery near St. Charles
1 p.m., 21+ (free)

Snus Hill Winery near Madrid
2 p.m., all ages (free)

Community Jazz Center
Java Joes in Des Moines
2 p.m., all ages (free)

Jay Casmiri
Wellman's Pub in West Des Moines
3 p.m., all ages (free)

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