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Sunday's best: Botanical Blues, Elway, and Bobaflex in Des Moines

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For those venturing out on a blustery Sunday, here are some live music events to make the trip out worth your while.

Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens hosts their next installment in the Botanical Blues concert series. Taking the stage this Sunday will be Jono Smith of the Des Moines classic rock band Opus Taylor. "Mojo" has been performing for more than 50 years, and besides playing with Opus Taylor, Smith has been a part of The Red Ryder Band, Up with People, ZINI, Alien Corn, and The Other Brothers. While with Alien Corn, "Mojo" and the boys finished third in the Iowa Blues Challenge back in 1998. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors (65+), $3 for kids 4-17, and free for Botanical Garden members and kids under 3. Food and beverage are available for purchase from Trellis, and admission to the gardens is included.

The Fort Collins, Colorado punk band Elway invades Des Moines' Gas Lamp on Sunday. Despite a broken down tour bus that caused a few shows to be cancelled earlier in their tour, the quartet made it to Chicago in a minivan for their show there tonight and plans to rock Des Moines on Sunday. Opening the show will be Des Moines punk bands North of Grand and Super Powers. This rare 6 p.m. all ages show has a $5 cover.

West Virginia metalheads Bobaflex (featured in nearby video) will play an all ages show at the House of Bricks in Des Moines Sunday night. Led by alternating frontmen (and brothers) Shaun and Marty McCoy (related to the McCoys of the infamous Hatfields and McCoys feud in the 1880's), Bobaflex has been a part of Gigantour, Rock on the Range, and Woodshock. Named after Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett, the band has opened for bands like Nickelback, Disturbed, Filter, Sevendust, and Mushroomhead, just to name a few. Bobaflex released their latest album Charlatan's Web last September. Des Moines rockers Hollowpoint and alt-rockers Cirrus Minor (2014 Des Moines Waka Winter Classic winner), Webster City hard rock band GearDown, and Ottumwa rockers Of Kings and Beasts will open the show. Advance tickets for the 5 p.m. show are $10 through Ticketfly. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $13.


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