By Michael Swanger


Alt-rock bands Veil of Maya, Animals as Leaders, Circle of Contempt and Periphery play to fans of all ages on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $12 through IowaTix and at the door.

David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, co-founders of the popular Americana band Cracker, perform an acoustic show on Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. at The Maintenance Shop in Ames. Tickets are $15.

Pianist Chiu-Ling Lin performs a recital entitled “Portraits of China” on Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Salisbury House. Tickets are $25. Call 274-1777.

The Radiators, New Orleans’ longest running swamp rock band, performs Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Theater. Tickets are $47. The concert is part of an annual Mardi Gras event that benefits Terrace Hill, the Salisbury House and Hoyt.

Local jazz trumpeter Dave Rezek’s trio will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club as part of a free monthly jazz series entitled Second to Last Saturdays. Musicians are welcome to sit in.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy hosts its fifth annual “PAJAM-RAMA” featuring a concert by Des Moines native Justin Roberts and his band The Not Ready for Naptime Players on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Consistory. Children and adults are encouraged to wear their PJs and bring pillows. Tickets are $15. Call 280-4017.

Local rockers Stubeastie (Stu Ramsey, Kevin Best) kick off a tour with a show at Carl’s Place at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. Admission TBA.

Jam band Electrica with Roy “Futureman” Wooten, drummer for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, performs Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at The Maintenance Shop in Ames. Tickets are $15.

Brandon Jaynes and Kevin Bodtke, one of half of the local hill-country blues band Thunderbird Kingsley, perform from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the 2010 Botanical Blues series held at the Botanical Center. Admission is $3-$5.

Two shows of note on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Vaudeville Mews: The Headlights, who performed at the first 80/35 fest, play an all-ages show at 6 p.m. ($10), followed by a 10 p.m. show by southern rock band Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights ($7). Tyler’s band is releasing its F-Stop/Atlantic Records debut album in April.

Christian rock band The Wrecking will headline a benefit concert for Haiti that is sponsored by ChildVoice International at Connxions in Urbandale at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Admission is $10.

First Fleet Concerts announced: Jackie Greene at the (March 5) and Sky Eats Airplane (May 9) at the House of Bricks; Motion City Soundtrack at the Blue Moose (April 15); Cobra Starship at the Val Air Ballroom (May 16); and Attack Attack! at the Vaudeville Mews (June 19). Visit for ticket details.

Willie Nelson will perform at the 7 Flags Events Center on March 28. Tickets are $38 - $48 through Ticketmaster.

Cold War Kids will play this year’s 10,000 Hours Show on April 9 at Iowa State University. Attendees must volunteer at least 10 hours of work with a non-profit organization. Visit

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Des Moines for a concert on April 23 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. CV

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