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Wednesday's best: Switchfoot and Doug Deming come to Des Moines

Wednesday's concert calendar is topped by shows from Switchfoot and Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones. Here is a look at all of the top Central Iowa concerts on July 2.

Switchfoot.
Switchfoot.
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Switchfoot is headed back to Des Moines this week.
Switchfoot is headed back to Des Moines this week.
Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

San Diego alternative rockers Switchfoot will perform at Wooly's on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Switchfoot has won eleven GMA Dove Awards, one Grammy Award, and three ASCAP Awards. The group has long said that they are a band of Christians, not a Christian band, meaning that they do not want to be pigeon-holed as just a Christian act—they want their music to appeal to all audiences. Switchfoot has certainly succeeded at that. Their albums have cracked the Top 10 of the Pop, Rock, Christian (five #1's), and Alternative (one #1) charts, and their singles have peaked in the Top 20 of the Adult Pop, Rock, Alternative, Christian, and Christian Rock (five #1's) charts. Switchfoot released their latest album, Fading West, in January along with an accompanying behind-the-scenes film of the band touring and surfing (their favorite hobby). Tickets to see the band at Wooly's are $25, and the show is open to all ages. No opener is currently scheduled for this show. Check out Switchfoot in action in the embedded video.

Detroit-born blues guitarist and vocalist Doug Deming and his backing band The Jewel Tones are headed to Des Moines for a Wednesday show at the Gas Lamp. Deming is the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award winner of the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Deming and his band teamed up with harmonica wizard Dennis Gruenling to record their 2012 release What's It Gonna Take. Deming and the boys then helped out Gruenling on his 2012 album Rockin' All Day. Gruenling will join Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones on stage Wednesday. The band will follow up Wednesday's performance with one at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport on Thursday. Wednesday's Gas Lamp show will start at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are still available for $10. This will be a 21-plus event.

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will host another Zoo Brew event on July 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The theme for this event is Red, White, and Brew, and Des Moines rock cover band Abby Normal will perform. Admission to Zoo Brew is $11 (free for zoo members), and you must be 21 or older to attend. Samples of beers are available early, and food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the night. Patrons may also check out all of the zoo animals until just before dusk.

San Francisco "working class soul" band The Soft White Sixties will headline at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Wednesday night. The Soft White Sixties released their debut album Get Right in early March. Satellite State and Swamp Ghost will open the show at 5:45 p.m. The all ages show will have an $8 cover charge.

Sacramento rockers The 77's have reunited and started touring again, and they will be playing at Zeke's in Ames on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The band will be playing songs from their recently re-released More Miserable Than You’ll Ever Be, their upcoming album of cover tunes called Gimme a Kickstart..., and a smattering of their other hits from the last 30 years. Tickets for the show are $10, and the show is open to all ages.