By Michael Swanger


Megan Bobo, the Des Moines native pop-soul singer and top 25 finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol,” now lives in Los Angeles where she has joined the band Neverwonder and has written a full album (“Let It Out”) that includes 13 original songs. Visit meganbobomusic.ocm.

Iowa Jazz and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Don Archer, 72, died April 23 in Tuscon, Ariz. Visit to read memories of Archer from local jazz musicians and fans.

Pop-country singer Taylor Swift brings her “Fearless Tour” to Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets, $26 - $60, are available through Dahl’s Foods and Kellie Pickler and Gloriana will open the show.

Valley Junction’s Music in the Junction series kicks off Thursday, May 6 with a free performance by local R&B band Sumpin’ Doo from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Two all-ages shows at House of Bricks this week: The Audition and Bigger Lights perform Thursday, May 6 at 5 p.m. and Sky Eats Airplane, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Attila and Sleeping with Sirens on Sunday, May 9 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $12, respectively, through Midwestix.

Rock-blues guitarist Shannon Curfman plays Blues on Grand on Friday, May 7 at 9:30 p.m. Curfman, who first performed in Des Moines at the age of 15 at the old Connie’s Lounge in 1999 after releasing her major-label debut for Arista Records, “Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions,” returns with a new album, in tow, “What You’re Getting Into,” which includes performances by local musicians Wade and Paul Thompson of the Tyler Thompson Band. Admission is $15.

Los Angeles-based Americana quintet Leslie and The Badgers play the Vaudeville Mews on Sunday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Admission is $7.

Crystal City holds their record release party on May 21 at Vaudeville Mews. The all ages show starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $5. The River Monks, Gabe Cordova and Derek Lambert open the show.

Registration is filling up for the Simpson College Jazz Combo Camp to be held June 13-18. Several local jazz musicians and educators will teach clinics on a variety of instruments. Contact Dr. Dave Camwell at 961-1575 or visit for details.

KGGO Summer Jam, to be held June 26 at WaterWorks Park will include performances by Skid Row, Warrant, Winger, Dokken and Sweet. Tickets are $20 through May 8, then $29.50. They are $40 the day of the show. Visit

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition continues to announce bands for its 80/35 fest to be held July 3-4. On July 3, William Elliott Whitmore, Omega Dog and Cashes Rivers will perform. Joining headliners Modest Mouse on the July 4 bill will be Dar Williams, Sara Watkins and The Heavy.

Latin-rocker Del Castillo returns to Des Moines to play the Vaudeville Mews on Aug. 12. Tickets are $10 through Midwestix.

The Central Iowa Blues Society has opted not to hold its annual Living History Blues Fest during Labor Day weekend this year, but in a statement on its Web site says it hopes to bring the event back to Living History Farms on Sept. 3-4, 2011. The non-profit group is currently soliciting sponsors for the event. CV

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