The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Sunday, August 31 is headed by shows from The Secret Sisters, Soap, and Grandchamp, plus a CD Release/Birthday Party for Flavor Basket. Here are the details on those shows and more.
Country/folk artists The Secret Sisters (see slideshow) will perform at Wooly's in Des Moines on Sunday night at 8 p.m. Alabama-born siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers started The Secret Sisters in 2010. Their self-titled debut hit #3 on the Heatseekers chart, #8 on the Folk chart, and #27 on the Country chart. The sisters released their follow-up, Put Your Needle Down, in April. The sophomore release topped the Heatseekers chart and reached #3 on the Folk chart and #18 on the Country chart. Opening for The Secret Sisters will be Des Moines rockers Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires. Tickets for the all ages event are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host a concert doubleheader on Sunday night. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with Des Moines alt-rockers Grandchamp headlining a show with opening acts Bear Cub and Person Whale. Grandchamp released a new EP entitled Rinse Cycle on July 10, and they performed at both the Iowa State Fair and the 80/35 Music Festival this year. The show is open to all ages and has a $5 cover.
The nightcap at the Mews will feature the Minneapolis dance rock group Soap at 10 p.m. The band released their third album, entitled Piece by Piece, in 2012. They are regulars on the Midwest festival circuit, having played Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10000 Lakes, Prairie Grass, Shangri-La, Summer Set, Down on the Farm, and others. You can check out Soap's ballad "Can I Stay" in the nearby video. West Des Moines rockers the Damnation All Stars will open the show. The late show is a 21+ event with a $5 cover charge. (Note: Soap's bass player Ross Taylor was hospitalized in Kankakee, Illinois several hours ago with a leg infection. The doctors are keeping him overnight, but their Saturday night show in Evansville, Indiana was cancelled. As of now, the Vaudeville Mews show is still on, but keep an eye on the Soap Facebook page for updates.) [Update: Soap bassist Ross Taylor has been released from the hospital, and Soap's show at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines is officially a go according to the band's Facebook page.]
Ames songwriter Flavor Basket will be releasing another album tomorrow night at DG's Tap House in Ames. Flavor Basket released has a three-disc compilation entitled Artificial Flavor and a studio album entitled ihatedeath.com in the past 12 months and is set now to release another new album entitled Passage Ways. The album release party will also be a birthday celebration for the artist. Flavor Basket will perform with a live backing band called The Shrink Wraps. Also on the night's bill are Nate Logsdon, Adam Evening, and Free the Snakes. The free 21-and-over show starts at 9 p.m.
The End of the Summer Celebration Dinner and Concert at the Hotel Pattee in Perry is the next event in the hotel's Lit by the Sun Signature Series. The event will feature a summer courtyard feast prepared by Chef Chris Caes that includes a whole roasting pig, smoked pork butt, grilled local sweet corn, cornbread cakes, sausage/brat bites, watermelon salad, coleslaw, and tomato salad. The concert will feature award-winning indie pop/rock/Americana singer/songwriter Hilary Scott. The Missouri artist's new album Freight Train Love is due out in November. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $35, and concert-only tickets are $25 through the Hotel Pattee website. The meal will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the music will kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Sunday:
Tony Valdez & Retro Rockets at Live at the Creek
Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheater in West Des Moines
5 p.m., all ages (free)
Summerset Winery near Indianola
3 p.m., 21+ ($3/person or $10/carload)
Cam Steinbach and The Groove
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m., then 21+ ($5 cover)
Fat Tuesday and The Greasefire Keys
Snus Hill Winery near Madrid
2 p.m., all ages (free)
Tom Gary Blues Project
Hull Avenue Tavern in Des Moines
7 p.m., 21+ (free)
John Ernest Vineyard & Winery near Tama
7 p.m., 21+ (free)
The Soul Searchers
Two Saints Winery near St. Charles
1 p.m., 21+ (free)
Jack, Jerry, and The Musicmakers
Java Joe's/4th Street Theatre in Des Moines
3 p.m., all ages (free)
Wellman's Pub in West Des Moines
3 p.m., all ages (free)
Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward
6 p.m., 21+ ($10)
El Patio Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines
6 p.m., all ages (free to diners)