This weekend will be a busy one for Central Iowa music fans. Here is a look at this weekend's top attractions.
On Friday, Yellowcard brings the Ocean Avenue Acoustic Tour to Wooly's in Des Moines' East Village. The tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the band's platinum smash Ocean Avenue and the 2013 release their acoustic anniversary send-up Ocean Avenue Acoustic. The pop punk band from Jacksonville, Florida has placed four albums in the Billboard 200 Top 20 and is known for hits like "Lights and Sounds", "Only One", "Ocean Avenue", and "Way Away". What's Eating Gilbert will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets for this all ages event are $20, and they may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or online through Ticketfly.
In Ames on Friday, The Maintenance Shop hosts the 3rd Annual Ames Winter Classic. The Classic is a free all ages event showcasing Iowa music. This year's event will feature performances by Ames alt-rockers Trigger-Fish, the Waterloo power pop quartet Twins, the Des Moines alt-pop band Annalibera, and Ames-based headliners Mumford's. Mumford's released their latest folk/rock/dance album, Immediate Family, late last year. Doors for the show open at 7:30 p.m., and the music kicks off at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Summer Camp: On the Road stops at Wooly's in Des Moines, where four bands will battle for a spot on a Summer Camp Music Festival stage. Indianola rockers Come Unity, Quad Cities rockers Natural Oil, Des Moines alt-rock jam band Best of Fools, and Des Moines-based indie groove rockers Mighty Shady will be the competitors. The doors at Wooly's will open at 7:30 p.m., and the competition will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, and they may be purchased at the Wooly's box office or through Ticketfly. The show is open to everyone 18 or older, and audience voting/participation will determine the winner. The 2014 Summer Camp Music Festival will take place on May 22 to 25 in Chillicothe, Illinois.
Des Moines rockers Aquamarine Dream Machine will play Team 36 Bar & Grill in Mitchellville on Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Des Moines rock jam band was showcased at Little Big Fest late last year, and they plan on releasing their second album later in 2014. Saturday's show is free to all 21 and over.
Des Moines metal band Dawn of Destruction will headline Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on Saturday night. DoD plans on releasing a new full-length album this summer, and recently released a new video for their single "Ruin(nation)". Opening the show will be Central Iowa metalheads As For You, Dark Mirror, and This Sudden Darkness. The all ages show kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and there will be an $8 cover at the door.
Bob Pace and Rebel Creek will rock the Gas Lamp in Des Moines on Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. For Pace, it will be back-to-back nights at the venue as the Iowa Blues Hall of Famer plays Gas Lamp's weekly Friday Work Release Party the day before. Young Ames rockers Rebel Creek are already veterans of Little Big Fest and the 80-35 Music Festival, and they, too, always put on a great show. There will be a $5 cover, and you must be 21 or older to get in. This is a "can't miss" event.
Also in Des Moines on Saturday night, Green Day's American Idiot: The Musical debuts to the Civic Center. The musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. It features hits from Green Day's Grammy Award winning multi-platinum album by the same name, including the title track, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,”, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Holiday”, and more. Tickets range from $30 to $99 (plus taxes and fees) through Ticketmaster. Saturday night's show time is 7:30 p.m., and there are two more shows on Sunday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Wrap up your weekend at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens on Sunday with the fourth show in the 2014 Botanical Blues series. This week's performer is Marion, Iowa's Bryce Janey. Janey released his 9th album on blues rock last year. The music will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ^5 and older, $3 for youth 4 to 17, and free from kids 3 and under.