By Michael Swanger


The House of Bricks is thanking its patrons of live music by hosting the “HOB Customer Appreciation Party” on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. The free event includes a free cavatelli dinner, drink specials, free pool and door prizes.
The Central College Chamber Choir, conducted by Mark Babcock, will perform the Christmas portion of G.F. Handel’s famous oratorio “Messiah” on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Salisbury House for its Chamber Series. Showtime is 8 p.m. Complimentary wine and beverages will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 274-1777.

The Jeffree Star and Breathe Electric show scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18 at House of Bricks has been cancelled.

A cappella singing group Tonic Sol-Fa performs its holiday show for two nights at Hoyt Sherman Theater this weekend. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $30.85 and $36.45 through the box office and Ticketmaster.

The Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble and Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus join forces for “A Celebration at Solstice” on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Consistory. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door, and $6 for students. Visit

The Vaudeville Mews hosts two all-ages show this weekend. Iowa City singer-songwriter Pieta Brown returns on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Musikanto and Dustin Smith open the show. Admission is $10. And Bob Tyler and the Reckless Hearts, a local band that plays a mix of old country, blues, rock and some metal, performs Sunday, Dec. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free as a “holiday treat” to fans.

Another concert just in time for the holidays… the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets are $27 - $57.50. Call (866) 55-DAHLS or visit

Local jazz pianist Max Wellman will host two holiday music concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Chuck’s Italian American Restaurant where the Max Wellman Quartet will be joined by singer Roxi Copland.

“The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Tour,” a celebration of Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday in 2010, plays Stephens Auditorium in Ames on Jan. 15, 2010. The 26-city nationwide tour kicks off in Ames with a multi-media extravaganza that pays homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during four eras (1950s, 1960s, film and concerts) and includes a live band, back-up singers, dancers and an Ann Margaret tribute artist, as well as photos from the Graceland archives. Tickets, $25 and $36, are on sale now through the box office and Ticketmaster. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

Folk music singer Garnet Rogers will perform Jan. 28, 2010 at the Maintenance Shop in Ames. Tickets TBA.

LMFAO, who recently sold out People’s Court, returns to Des Moines as the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas on March 25, 2010 at Wells Fargo Arena.

Think your songwriting is up to par? You might try your hand at winning a $25,000 cash grand prize being offered by the International Songwriting Competition. Now in its eighth year, ISC, has once again recruited some of the biggest names in music (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Loretta Lynn, Run-DMC) to judge the competition, which last year featured more than 15,000 entries. Visit CV

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