This weekend is full of great Central Iowa concerts. From jam bands to party bands, rap to rock, there is something to please nearly every musical palate. Here are the highlights.
Tonight and tomorrow night, Minneapolis psychedelic/reggae jam band Wookiefoot will rock DG's Tap House in Ames. The venue's annual Wookiefoot weekend kicks off tonight with Dead Larry and Fuzzy Logic opening the 8 p.m. show. Tickets for tonight's show are $20. Tomorrow night the Evergreen Grass Band and Doctor Murdock open another 8 p.m. show at the Tap House. Tickets for that show are also $20. Two-night passes may be purchased for $30.
Saturday the 19th is highlighted by three big shows. At 7:30 p.m., Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines will host party rocker Ali Spagnola. On Spagnola's current tour, shows are an hour of non-stop drinking games. Her latest release, The Power Hour Album, consists of 60 one-minute drinking songs and can be purchased in the form of a shot glass/USB hanging from a lanyard. Admission is $8 at the door. Bring your designated driver...you're going to need one. Check out a preview in the nearby video.
At 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, The Venue at Court Center has St. Louis rapper Chingy. Best known for hits like "Right Thurr" and “Pullin’ Me Back", Chingy (born Howard Bailey, Jr.) is currently working on two more releases, Chingology and No Risk No Reward. Both albums have faced delays because of funding and other issues. Ya Boy Dru Soy and DJ Brett B will host the event. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.
Wrapping up Saturday's top shows, The Bright Light Social Hour will take the stage at The Maintenance Shop in Ames. The 9 p.m. show will feature an opening performance by Waukee/Ames rockers Rebel Creek. The BLSH is an Austin, Texas powerhouse that won six awards at the SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards, including "Band of the Year", "Album of the Year", and "Song of the Year". The band is currently writing their second full-length album, which they hope to record later this year. Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show.
Topping Sunday's docket of shows is an 8 p.m. performance by electronic musician Baauer at The ISU Memorial Union's Great Hall. Born Harry Rodrigues, Baauer is the innovator behind the "Harlem Shake" dance craze. Tickets for the show are $20.