Des Moines' Friday night concert schedule is highlighted by two very special shows. Here is a look.
First, the Des Moines Civic Center hosts Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 7:30 p.m. Valli has led the group since the early 1960's, though the Four Seasons have changed as often as, well, the four seasons. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999, and they have been responsible for hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. The group's popularity has skyrocketed again with the success of the Tony-winning Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that chronicles Frankie and the boys' rise to fame. Tickets for the concert are still available at the Civic Center box office, and online through Ticketmaster, for $70 to $140 (plus taxes and fees).
Later in the evening, the Gas Lamp will host blues rocker Tim "Too Slim" Langford and his band the Taildraggers at 9 p.m. The band got its start in 1986 and has won numerous awards. Too Slim and the Taildraggers were named the Inland Empire Blues Society's "Best Blues Band" four years in a row, while the Cascade Blues Association named them "Best Regional Band" for five consecutive years. Tickets for the concert are $10, and they may be purchased in advance through MidwesTix or at the door.
If you show up early at the Gas Lamp Friday, you can catch Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Pace perform. The Gas Lamp's weekly Work Release Party runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and that includes free food, as well as the show by Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band.