Central Iowa has a number of live music events worth braving the cold for on Saturday night. Here is a look at Saturday's top concerts.
For blues fans, Saturday night will be a memorable one as the Downtown Des Moines Marriott hosts the Winter Blues Fest's 20th Anniversary. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. and run until well after midnight. The evening will feature performances by Jefferson County Green Band, Chad Elliott & Bonita Crowe, Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, Katy Guillen & The Girls, Nikki Hill, the Rock Island Rollers, John Nemeth, Chris O’Leary Band, Annie Mack, and Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band, as well as an after hours jam. The event will be spread over six different stages throughout the hotel. Tickets for the festival are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Central Iowa Blues Society website. For an event schedule, check out this article.
Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines hosts a concert doubleheader on Saturday. The 6 p.m. early show features up-and-coming Marshalltown pop/rock/punk band The Getaway Scene. Opening the show will be Iowa City folk pop band Crystal City and Cedar Rapids punk trio Well Aren't You Precious. The early show is open to all ages and has a $5 cover. The 10 p.m. late show finds Cedar Falls-based post grunge band Cardboard Kingdoms and Cedar Falls/Des Moines acoustic folk duo The Host Country opening for Kansas City-based Afro-Cuban indie rockers Making Movies. The headliners play songs in English and Spanish and are veterans of festivals like Wakarusa, Festival Verde de Cultura Musical, and Mas Musica. Check out the nearby video for the band's song "Cuna de Vida". The late show is 21-plus only and has a $10 cover.
The House of Bricks in Des Moines will also have two shows on Saturday. At 5 p.m., the venue will host Hip Hop For Humanity, a fundraiser for the homeless in Des Moines. The event will feature performances by Kyser Saiso, Hoozia, Animal Team, A.D., Crisis Child, and headliner Rypt the Ripper. There will be a $5 cover charge, and attendees are encouraged to bring clothing, coats, blankets, and food to donation. All proceeds from this all ages event will go to the homeless courtesy of 515 Support. The 9:30 p.m. show will feature two all-female cover bands, Hot Lady Band and Cover Grrls. The late show is 21+ and has a $5 cover.
Country musician Danny Grause will play Whiskey Dixx in Des Moines Saturday night at 9 p.m. Grause grew up in Nevada, Iowa, and he was a finalist in the Zac Brown Band's "Sailing Southern Ground" Song Contest. The concert is free to all 21 and older.
Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola will host country singer David Frizzell on Saturday night at 8 p.m. Frizzell, the brother of country great Lefty Frizzell, has racked up seven Top 10 singles over his 60-plus years in the industry, including the #1 Country smashes “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home” and "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" (a duet with Shelly West). Wilson Fairchild will open the show. Tickets for the concert are $10, $20, or $30, and they can be purchased through Red Truck Tickets.
Des Moines rockers The Nadas will headline Wooly's Saturday night. The local favorites released their latest album, Lovejoy Revival, in February of last year. Opening the show will be Des Moines Americana singer Lucca Soria. Tickets for this 21-and-up show are 415 in advance and $20 at the door. They may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly.
Justin Kaleb Driggers stops at the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Saturday. The young country/Americana artist out of Nashville has begun to build a large following in the Southeastern United States. Opening the show will be Minneapolis folk act The Still Sound and relative unknowns The Fightin' Side.