If you need something to do tonight, there are lots of opportunities to catch live music in Central Iowa. Here is a look at some of Saturday's top concerts.
Wayne "The Train" Hancock will headline at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines tonight. The Texas native plays a mix of honky tonk, western swing, blues, rockabilly and big band that he calls "Juke Joint Swing". The singer/songwriter has been covered by Hank Williams III, and the two have even teamed up to record material. Hancock's latest album, entitled Ride, came out in February of last year. Opening the show for Hancock will be Des Moines alt-country/Americana bands the Monday Mourners and Randy Burk & The Prisoners. The 8 p.m. show has a $15 cover and is a 21-and-over event.
Har Mar Superstar (born Sean Tillman) will be performing in the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater tonight at 9 p.m. The comical and acrobatic (see slideshow) pop and R&B singer has tour with the Red Hot Chili Pepper, The Strokes, Incubus, and Tenacious D. Tillman has also had some memorable movie scenes: facing off with Ben Stiller's character in a disco dancing contest in Starsky and Hutch and playing a roller derby coach in Drew Barrymore's Whip It! Har Mar Superstar's latest album, Bye Bye 17, was released last year. Opening the show will be Des Moines folk act Gloom Balloon and Des Moines disco act MAIDS. Tickets are $12 at the door for this all ages show.
We are the Willows (see embedded video) will play the Maintenance Shop in Ames tonight. The Minneapolis indie folk rock act started out as a solo project by singer/songwriter Peter Michael Miller and expanded into a full six-piece band. The band just finished recording a new album based on the 350 or so letters that Miller's grandparents exchanged while his grandfather was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. The album does not yet have a release date. Opening the show tonight will be Des Moines/Ames progressive soul collective Christopher the Conquered. Tickets to the all ages 9 p.m. show are $9 ($7 for ISU students) at the door.
Des Moines metal band Dawn of Destruction will hold an EP release party tonight at Wooly's starting at 7:30 p.m. The band will also be filming a video at the show. DoD also has plans to release a new full-length album later this year. Tickets for the all ages show are $10 at the door. September (Iowa Falls) and Painface (Des Moines) will open the show, and LAZERfest openers Green Death (Des Moines) will co-headline. [Update: Due to an illness within the band, Green Death has dropped out of this concert. Des Moines rockers Superchief will take their place.]
Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines hosts the Last Honky Tonk Music Series Iowa kick-off tonight at 9 p.m. The nationwide music series spotlights local and touring roots musicians in all 50 states. Tonight's free 21-plus show will feature performances by 2013 Georgia "Male Artist of the Year" Finalist Thomas Fountain and Illinois native, and former Dirty Hands Band frontman, Chris Corkery. [Note: this show was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved to Saturday.]
Kansas City-based Motley Crue tribute band Looks That Kill will headline at the Krazee Kafe tonight. The 7 p.m. show also features performances by Devil's Deck (Des Moines), Minitallica (Waterloo), and Knucklehead (Waterloo). The show is all ages until 9 p.m. and then 18-plus after that. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Des Moines pop/rock/blues act Decoy will play the Finish Line Show Lounge at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona tonight at 8 p.m. The band released their debut album Nothing to Lose in 2010 and has been playing non-stop shows ever since, including a spot at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Tonight's show is a 21-and-up event.
The High Crest will perform at the Hotel Pattee in Perry tonight from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Des Moines folk rock band released their full-length self-titled debut album last year after previously releasing EPs in 2007 and 2010. The all ages performance tonight is free, so stop by early and grab a bite in the hotel's restaurant before the show.