With the Iowa State Fair Grandstand switching from music to the Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull on Wednesday, music fans at the fair will turn to the free stages for entertainment. Detroit pop rockers The Romantics will play the Fairview Stage at 8 p.m. The band is best known for the hits "What I Like About You" and "Talking in Your Sleep". Also on the Fairview Stage, "Glee meets Stomp" vocal group Vocal Trash will play shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The eco-friendly Texas band plays instruments made from recycled street items like water cooler bottles, trash cans, hubcaps, and other "trash". Oklahoma country duo The Swon Brothers will perform at the fair's Susan Knapp Amphitheater at 8 p.m. The siblings finished in third place on Season Four of NBC's The Voice last year, and they have already scored a Top 20 Country hit with "Later On", the first single from their upcoming major label debut album. Wrapping up the free stage music is the Eagles tribute band Hotel California. The group will play the fair's Bud Light Stage at 8 p.m.
Rising Minneapolis rockers City of the Weak bring their coast-to-coast tour back to the Midwest on Wednesday for a show at the House of Bricks in Des Moines. The band released their second EP, entitled Disclosure, in April, and they have been on the road pretty much ever since, performing with the All-Stars Tour, The Vans Warped Tour, Stitched Up Heart, The Nearly Deads, and others. Opening the show will be Sioux City's Left Astray and Des Moines' The Spartan Blue. The 5:30 p.m. show has a $10 cover, and it will be open to all ages.
Wisconsin "basement pop" group The Midwestern Charm will headline a 9 p.m. show at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Wednesday. The band released their sophomore effort Growing Pains on July 30, and they are now bringing the new tunes across the Midwest on tour. The Sapwoods, Dr. Murdock, and Danny Boyle will open the show. The concert is a 21-and-older event, and it will have a $5 cover charge.
Also on Wednesday:
The Burnin' Sensations at Zoo Brew
Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines
5:30 p.m., 21+ ($11, free for zoo members)
Greenwood Lounge in Des Moines
8 p.m., 21+ (free)
Brian Holtz Band
El Bait Shop in Des Moines
8 p.m., all ages until 9 p.m., (free)