If you are looking for live music tomorrow night, here is a look at the top concerts in Central Iowa for Friday, February 28.
Quad Cities blues, funk, and soul band The Candymakers (see slideshow) will return to the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Friday for 9 p.m. show. The Candymakers are Iowa Blue Challenge winners and Mississippi Valley Blues Society's Blues Challenge winners, and they have competed in the International Blues Challenge, as well. The band always packs the Gas Lamp, so be sure to get there early. In fact, you might just want to show up at 4:30 p.m. to catch Iowa Blues and Iowa Rock and Rock Hall of Famer Bob Pace for the Gas Lamp's weekly Work Release Party, and then stick around for the late show. Cover for Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band is $5, and cover for The Candymakers is $7. Both acts always put on dynamic shows.
Country singer Jason Brown returns to his hometown of Pella on Friday for a benefit show at the Pella Opera House. Brown has opened for the likes of Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, and The Band Perry. The "Home Sweet Home Dessert Concert & Auction" will benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a "social hour", featuring light hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and a silent auction. At 7:15 p.m., there will be a live auction, and Jason Brown will take the stage for an acoustic set at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15, and they may be purchased at the Pella Opera House or the Habitat for Humanity office. You can check out Brown's "Something Wonderful" in the nearby video.
Denver alternative band Air Dubai headlines the early show at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines tomorrow night. The six-piece band released a new EP entitled Warning last May. Itch will open the all ages show at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 today through Ticketfly or $14 tomorrow night. The 21-and-over late show will feature Los Angeles psychedelic band Dead Meadow with openers Land of Blood and Sunshine and Brooks Strauss. The late show kicks off at 10 p.m., and tickets are $10 at the door or through Tikly.
Des Moines indie groove rock band Mighty Shady will play Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines at 9 p.m. Friday. The band recently won the Summer Camp: On the Road Battle of the Bands in Des Moines to earn a spot at the 2014 Summer Camp Music Festival. The show is 21-plus and has no cover.
Finally, the Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward, Iowa will be hosting a Mardi Gras Masquerade on Friday. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is $7 per person to get in. Costumes and masks are strongly encouraged. There will be masks and Cajun food available for purchase on site. Des Moines' The El Dorados will be playing a blend of Cajun blues and other New Orleans music throughout the evening.