By Michael Swanger firstname.lastname@example.org
This week at the Val Air Ballroom: Rappers Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Prozak and Cognito perform Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. On Friday, May 14, Korn, 2 Cents and Calous perform at 8 p.m. The show was originally scheduled to be held in Waterloo. Then on Sunday, May 16, Cobra Starship/3OH!3, Travie McCoy and I Fight Dragons perform at 7 p.m. Tickets to each show are $25 through the box office or Ticketmaster. .... In other Val Air news, roots-rockers The Black Keys and The Morning Benders will perform Aug. 8. Tickets are $25.
“Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco,” featuring a performance by Grammy Award-winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience Band, will be held Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Tickets are $10 through Ticketmaster.
Blank Park Zoo on Saturday, May 15 will host its first annual “Feast in the Wild,” featuring food, kids activities and live music by Douglas Acres, Rudy York and Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit www.blankparkzoo.com.
Deanna Devore, who played 80/35, performs Saturday, May 15 at the Vaudeville Mews at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7.
Iowa alt-rockers History On Repeat (formerly Here’s My Chance) celebrate the release of their self-titled EP with a show at the House of Bricks on Saturday, May 15 at 5 p.m. The band recorded the EP in New York City with John Naclerio and signed with Broken English Records. Admission is $7.
R&B singer E.C. Scott, who played the Living History Blues Fest, performs Saturday, May 15 at Blues on Grand at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.
LAZER 103.3’s annual LAZERfest returns Sunday, May 16 at noon at the Indianola Balloon Grounds with 16 bands playing two stages. General admission tickets are $42 through Ticketmaster. Featured performers include headliners Godsmack and Three Days Grace, as well as Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Seether, Hellyeah, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Skillet, Drowning Pool, Red, Halestorm, Violent Soho and New Medicine. Visit www.lazer1033.com.
Multi-platinum pop-rockers the Goo Goo Dolls, with opening act Vadera, play Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at 7 Flags Events Center in Clive. Tickets are $35 through Ticketmaster.
The Deftones play People’s Court on May 27. Tickets are $25 through Midwestix.
Playing the Simon Estes Amphitheater this summer: Katelyn Epperly and Ryan Star, June 10, $12; The Wailers, July 1, $12; and moe. on July 10, $20.
The 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series at Stephens Auditorium in Ames includes concerts by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Oct. 24), Lorie Line and Her Fab Five (Nov. 21), The Lettermen Holiday Special (Dec. 3), Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (Jan. 23) and Sweet Honey on the Rock (Feb. 17). Visit www.center.iastate.edu for details.
This week’s batch of bands announced to play the 80/35 fest include The Cool Kids, Holly Golightly, Evangelicals, Solid Gold, Canby, Psalm One and Family Groove Company. Advance ticket prices increase May 17. Visit www.80-35.com. CV