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Wednesday's concerts feature The Cold Stares, Bob Pace, and more

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Wednesday's Central Iowa concert calendar is topped by shows from The Cold Stares, Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band, Ancient Elm, Cadaver Dogs, and Trio Aceto. Here are the details on June 16's top concerts.

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The Cold Stares are a two-man blues rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The duo of Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins released their self-titled debut album in 2010 and followed that up with A Cold Wet Night and a Howling Wind in 2012. After vocalist/guitarist Chris Tapp battled cancer for a year, the band has returned to the studio and to the road. The Cold Stares latest album Label is due out in February of next year, and the first single "Fire in the Sand" is already on iTunes and radio stations across the nation. Central Iowa fans can hear the song on 106.3 FM and in the accompanying video box. The band will perform at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The show is a 21-plus event, and it has a $5 cover charge.

Bob Pace and The Dangerous Band will perform at Zimm's Food & Spirits in Des Moines on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pace (see slideshow) is an Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as well as an Iowa Blues Hall of Famer. He is currently working on a new album at Capp Audio Productions in Norwalk. The show is free, and it is open to all ages.

Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host a concert doubleheader on Wednesday night. Sac City, Iowa progressive metal band Ancient Elm headlines the 5:45 p.m. early show with openers Dark Mirror and Hours of Decay. Ancient Elm has said that they will be trying out some new songs at the show, which kicks off a short four-date, three-state tour. The show is open to all ages and has a $5 cover charge. The 10 p.m. late show features Ohio rockers Cadaver Dogs. The Dogs just released their latest album Too Much on June 24, and they are currently on in the middle of their "Feel the Heat '14" nationwide summer tour. The show is a 21-and-over event with a $5 cover.

Trio Aceto will play this week's Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines Wednesday night. Trio Aceto is led by multi-genre multi-instrumentalist Mike Aceto who has performed in bands and solo for four decades. From rock to pop and blues to country, Aceto and the boys play it all, including covers from the 60's to present and music from Aceto's albums. Zoo Brew runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and admission is the same as regular zoo admission ($11 for non-members/free for zoo members). There will be free samples of this week's featured beer(s) while they last, and food and additional beverages will be available for purchase. Access to all the zoo's animals is included in the price of admission. This is a 21-and-over event.

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