The Glenn Miller Orchestra (featured video) will perform at the Des Moines Civic Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra was founded by Miller in 1938 and was carried on by members of the group and Miller's family after his disappearance in 1944. Today, the music lives on. The present day version of the orchestra, more than 20 musicians and singers led by Nick Hilscher, will take you on a 2-hour journey through timeless hits like "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" that Miller made famous back in the 30's and 40's. Tickets for the show are $35 to $55.50 through the box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Fresh off of opening for Grammy-winning R&B singer Mýa at the 2014 Capital City PrideFest earlier this month, Des Moines "Stanque Pop" singer Madison Ray and his band All the Single Ladies will headline at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Friday. Ray, who released his first full-length album Starship to Mars in 2013, has been a RAW Des Moines "Musician of the Year", played Tom Collins in Rent, performed on stage with the Des Moines Metro Opera, and designed his own fashion brand. Little Ruckus and HTML will open the show for Ray at 6 p.m. The all ages event will have a $10 cover.
Six-piece Des Moines metal band Dead Horse Trauma will celebrate the release of their new album Kill The Precedence with not one, but two shows at the House of Bricks in Des Moines tomorrow. The 5 p.m. early show will be open to all ages and also feature performances by Strate Jak It and Panthallasa. The 9 p.m. show will be a 21-plus event with openings acts Nuisance and Cirrus Minor. DHT was named Cityview's "Best Local Band" of 2014. It was the band's third time winning the award. Advance tickets are $10, and they can be picked up at Color Works Tattoo in Valley West Mall.
Here is a look at the rest of Friday's top Central Iowa concerts:
Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band (blues/rock)
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
4:30 p.m., 21+ ($5)
Brother Trucker (Americana)
w/ Monday Mourners
Gas Lamp in Des Moines
9 p.m., 21+ ($5)
The High Crest (folk rock)
Hotel Pattee in Perry
7 p.m., all ages (free)
Rebyl Road (country rock)
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
10 p.m., 21+ (free)
Haywire (cover band) at Music on the Plaza
Civic Plaza in Altoona
6 p.m., all ages (free)
Final Mix Show Band (cover band) at Urbandale Friday Fest
Walker Johnston Complex in Urbandale
5:30 p.m., all ages ($8, kids 12 and under free)