By Michael Swanger


Hit the Lights, There for Tomorrow, Fireworks, Sparks the Rescue and This Time Next Year, play an all-ages concert on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $12.

Young Des Moines jazz singer Max Wellman is a freshman at Butler University in Indiana, but on school breaks he will return home to play gigs. On Friday, Oct. 16, Wellman’s quartet performs from 8 to 11 p.m. at Chuck’s Restaurant.

Des Moines veteran jazz pianist Scott Smith returns to the stage where he first performed more than 50 years ago when he plays a “Fresh Beginnings” concert on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Theater. Over the years, Smith has toured the country with legends like George Burns and Jack Benny. Tickets to his 50th anniversary concert are $29.50.

The Mozaiques Chamber Ensemble opens its new season with a performance of “On Stage Goes Hollywood” on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Des Moines Art Center.

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition Concert Corps will sponsor an all-ages concert by Little Brazil, Weatherbox, Bright Giant and The Chatty Cathys on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Vaudeville Mews. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Admission is $7.

A tribute to Frank Iacovazzi, jazz drummer, teacher and CJC volunteer, will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 at Java Joe’s with a free performance by the CJC Big Band at 2 p.m.

“The Godfather of Austin Blues,” singer-guitarist W.C. Clark, who used to play in the band Triple Threat Revue that included the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, returns to Blues on Grand for a show on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

Piano-heavy indie-rock quartet We Shot the Moon is on tour supporting its new album, “A Silver Lining,” and plays Monday, Oct. 19 at the Vaudeville Mews with Lights Resolve and Destry opening. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $8.

Winners of the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, Greensky Bluegrass makes their Iowa debut with an all-ages show on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at People’s Court at 8 p.m. Ticket are $12 in advance.

Bluesy, folk singer-songwriter Jonah Smith plays Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Flying Mango. Call 255-4111 or visit

Frank Strong, organizer of the Botanical Blues Series, held each winter at the Botanical Center, has announced the lineup for the 2010 series: Matt Woods (Jan. 3), Brad McCloud and His Case of the Blues (Jan. 10), Mojo Jono (Jan. 17), J.D. Flanagan (Jan. 24), Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell (Jan. 31), Bella Soul (Feb. 7), Steve George and Bob Pace (Feb. 14), Thunderbird Kingsley (Feb. 21), Cindy Grill and Alan Smith (Feb. 28).

Brad Paisley plays Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 15. Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore open the show. Tickets TBA.

Country music singer Jo Dee Messina performs Feb. 13, 2010 at Prairie Meadows’ The Meadows Events Center in Altoona at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15-$30, are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Dr. Robert Larsen, founder and artistic director of Des Moines Metro Opera, announced the three, full-scale operas to be presented in 16 performances from June 25 to July 18, 2010. They include Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Verdi’s “Macbeth” and Floyd’s “Susannah.” Current subscribers can renew their seats now. Season subscriptions ($99-$230) will be made available to the public on Nov. 2. Single tickets will be sold next April. Visit or call 961-6221. CV

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