If you are looking for something to do this weekend, Examiner has your hook-up. First of all, if you are a music fan, you have to consider making the drive to Ames for the third annual Maximum Ames Music Festival. You can check out the full schedule of bands for the festival by clicking here. However, if you are not festival material, but still want to catch a show this weekend, here are six other "can't miss" Central Iowa concerts to pencil in on your calendar.
On Friday, September 27, Jon Wayne and The Pain will perform at Des Moines' Vaudeville Mews ($10 cover) at 8 p.m. The "ReggaeTronic Dub" band is currently on an album release tour for their latest, Surrender. Wayne's life has been a rollercoaster ride worthy of a "Behind the Music" special. The man fought his way back from poverty and homelessness to be one of the Midwest's top touring acts. His story comes to life in his band's music and message. Des Moines favorites, and Waka Winter Classic winners, Mighty Shady will open the show.
On Saturday, September 28, blues rock legend Johnny Winter brings his 44 years of music to Des Moines' East Village for a 7:30 p.m. show at Wooly's (Tickets). The man is a Blues Foundation Hall-of-Famer and is listed on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". The Grammy nominated performer and Grammy-winning producer is known not only for his solo work, but his work with the likes of Rick Derringer and Muddy Waters.
If you miss the Steepwater Band opening for Johnny Winter, you can catch them later in the night (9 p.m.) headlining at Des Moines' Gas Lamp (Tickets). The blues rockers have toured with the likes of ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Cheap Trick, Bad Company, and Heart, as well as Winter. The Chicago band has seen a number of their songs used in movies and on television.
In Ames Saturday, alt-rockers Saints of Valory will play the Maintenance Shop ($10 at the door) on the Iowa State University campus at 9 p.m. The band, whose members hail from three different continents, is touring in support of their latest release, the EP Possibilities, which came out in July.
Also on Saturday, New Jersey import Shady at Best will perform in their new home (Des Moines) at the House of Bricks ($10 cover) at 9 p.m. The event will be a CD Release Party for the piano rockers' first EP, entitled Freedom. The Candeez, Horizon, and YB & Q will also perform.
On Sunday, head back to Vaudeville Mews to catch the Supersuckers in action at 8 p.m. Squidboy and Hellbound Glory will open the show (Tickets) for the self-professed "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World." Eddie Spaghetti and the boys will bring nearly 25 years of garage/grunge rock music to the Mews for this killer show.
Check out the photo slideshow for more details on each show.