By Michael Swanger firstname.lastname@example.org
Painkiller Hotel, an alt-rock band from Chicago whose debut album “Black Roses” was released last month, performs two shows in central Iowa this week. They play Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Vaudeville Mews at 5:30 p.m. ($5) and Friday, Dec. 4 at Headliners in Ames.
Scott Stilwell, founder and organizer of the former Lighthouse Coffeehouse, which hosted concerts by national folk artists from 2000 to 2007, has booked a secular concert to be headlined by Iowa native and singer-pianist Susan Werner on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at West Des Moines Christian Church. Opening for Werner, who is on tour promoting her latest project “Classics,” will be Nashville singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel, who has written songs for Johnny Cash and Joe Cocker, and singer-songwriter Christopher Williams. Advance tickets are $20 through IowaTix and $25 at the door. The performance will be held in the church’s sanctuary, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway. Call 223-1639.
Iowa country music singer Jason Brown hosts his third annual “Birthday Bash” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Val Air Ballroom. Steve Holy opens. Tickets are $12.50 through the box office and Ticketmaster. Proceeds benefit the KJJY/Variety Radiothon.
Hoyt Sherman Theater hosts two concerts this weekend. The Nadas return for their seventh annual “Nada Silent Night” benefit show on Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28.25. Pianist Jim McDonough brings his holiday show on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $36.95 - $42.05. Tickets for both concerts are available through the box office and Ticketmaster.
The next Des Moines Music Collectors Show will be held Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Holiday Inn, 1050 6th Ave. Admission is $1.
Veteran rocker and activist Jackson Browne performs a solo, acoustic concert on Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Tickets, $40 - $60, are on sale through the box office and Ticketmaster.
San Francisco rockers Leopold and His Fiction, whose self-titled album recently climbed to No. 30 on the CMJ charts, plays an all-ages show on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. Admission is $5. Openers include Superchief, Suicide Blondes and Burt Foster.
Multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin headlines Lazer 103.3’s “Not So Silent Night” concert at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Openers include Sick Puppies, Rev Theory and Adelita’s Way. Tickets are $35 through the box office and Ticketmaster.
Naturally 7, a vocal group that has opened for Michael Buble across the world, will perform March 4, 2010 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets, $37.50, go on sale Friday through the box office and Ticketmaster.
Judy Garland comes to life with some help from cutting-edge technology and multiple big screens above the stage when the Des Moines Symphony hosts “Judy Garland in Concert” on March 6, 2010 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Tickets, $30 - $70, are on sale now through the box office and Ticketmaster.
Norah Jones will perform at the Civic Center on March 9. No word yet on prices, but tickets go on sale Jan. 22.
AC/DC announced that their postponed Wells Fargo Arena show has been rescheduled for April 17. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. CV