Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide
By Jim Duncan
Picasso mused that artists are children who never grow up, a metaphor encouraged by the school like calendar on which the traditional arts keep time. As if air conditioning had never been invented, the art world still closes shop and heads for the hills and beaches at the first utterance of the phrase “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” For centuries, summer art festivals have been held almost exclusively in resorts from Salzburg to Spoleto, and Newport to Carmel. Yet summer has become prime time for the fine arts in Des Moines where reputations have been built against the winds of tradition.
With little more than the sheer force of their personalities, Maestro Robert Larsen and the late Mo Dana created two summer festivals of national repute in central Iowas unlikely fields of dreams. Like corn, Larsen’s Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) thrives in heat and humidity, drawing the tassel of star singers, on summer break from the cultural capitols of the world, to the silk womb of Indianola. The Des Moines Arts Festival grows every year and now fills the city’s hotels and restaurants with eager shoppers from near and far. These two festivals have persuaded itinerant artists to pitch their tents in the farm belt summer and convinced locals to support those artists with endearing enthusiasm.
This year for the first time, both festivals play on after their guiding muses have handed off their batons. DMMO’s first season without Larsen will feature “Figaro,” “MacBeth” and “Susanna” — from the formula of one comic, one tragic and one modern opera that Larsen developed to win respect for his corn belt company.
Together these two festivals transformed the image of summer in Des Moines while inspiring other notable festivals. ArtFest Midwest and Iowa Sculptural Festival now have followings of their own. Festivals also inspired brick and mortar institutions to bump up their summer programs. Des Moines’ gallery scene has grown exponentially since Art Fest began. Only Kavanaugh and Olson-Larsen galleries are still around from those days. The latter provides its annual Summer Landscape show showcasing popular John Preston, Bobbie McKibbon, Dennis Dykema.
Summer also dances in festive light at central Iowa’s main museums. Minimalist sculpture will glow at the Brunnier Art Museum and Iowa artists of all media, from hip-hop to photojournalism, will dazzle the Des Moines Art Center in the 2010 edition of its Iowa Artists exhibition. The city’s burgeoning metal and gem art galleries (Susan Noland, Elements and 2Au) have also been busy working with odd stones with magical properties — freaks of nature set in metals too durable to succumb.
(*APT* indicates a special Art Pimp tout)
and family attractions
Thursday Night Art Walks in downtown Newton
First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square
Third Wednesdays of the month, Art Walks on Iowa State University campus.
Des Moines Metro Opera 38th Summer Festival (Simpson College, Indianola, www.desmoinesmetroopera.org)
June 4 — Cabernet Night Live
An evening of standards and show tunes mixed with musical favorites from Broadway and American opera presented by DMMO’s talented Apprentice Artists. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks round out this evening of great entertainment at the Temple for Performing Arts. $50.
June 16 —Threads & Trills Costume Show and Luncheon 12 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites, Jordan Creek
A sneak peek at the costumes from the upcoming season’s operas while enjoying arias and duets sung by principal artists from each show. Lunch is included with the purchase of a $40 ticket.
June 17 (twice) and June 19 —Peanut Butter & Puccini Family Opera Adventure, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Blank Center
Kids and adults take backstage tour of the opera. Learn about wig and makeup application, lighting, etc. $10 includes lunch. *APT*
June 19 - July 12
*APT* ‘Marriage of Figaro’ by Mozart (June 25, July 2, 10, 13 with 7:30 curtains June 27 and July 18, at 2 p.m. )
An opera adored equally by critics and audiences, this buffa was written at the height of Mozart’s career. DMMO’s performance, the debut for conductor David Neely will bring back two audience favorites, Larsen’s student Craig Irvin and Sarah Jane McMahon.
‘MacBeth’ by Giuseppe Verdi (June 26, July 6, 9, 14, 17 at 7:30 and July 4 at 2 p.m.)
No one ever called “MacBeth” light and Neely recruited big voices including DMMO favorite baritone Todd Thomas, Acclaimed bass baritone John Marcus Bindel and off beat specialist Brenda Harris.
‘Susanna’ by Carlisle Floyd (performances June 25, July 2, 10 and 13 at 7:30 and June 27 and July 18 at 2 p.m.)
The Bible’s apocryphal tale of Susanna and the Elders is reset in Appalachia. Home girl Beverly O’Regan Thiele (debuted at DMMO as Abigail in The Crucible) returns to sing the title role and Joseph Mechavich conducts in his DMMO debut.
July 15 —‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Concert (Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University). *APT*
DMMO’s Apprentice Artists perform arias and ensembles at Sheslow Auditorium. $20 and $10.
May 31; June 6, 9, 12, 17, 19, 26, 30; July 3, 7, 10, 15, 17 — ‘Apprentice Artist Program Performances,’ times vary, at Lekberg Hall, Des Moines Social Club, and Sheslow Auditorium.
The troupe performs scenes and entire acts from both popular operas and rarely seen works. Most performances are free.
June 12-13 — Iowa Sculpture Festival, Maytag Park, Newton, iowasculpturefestival.org.
The eight annual event brings big bronze and steel art to Maytag Park for a hands-on experience of meeting artists, picnicking, swimming and watching comedians, magicians, balloon animal makers, etc. $1 and $2.
June 26 - 27 — Des Moines Arts Festival, Gateway West, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org. Free.
A festival grand enough to inspire copycats, critics and loyalists, plus national rankings. We’re No. 5! And, yes, someone does actually rank art festivals, according to sales. The three day, free event brings 185 national artists of all media, and 24 emerging local artists, to the river banks of downtown Des Moines. Plus, there’s enough food and music to turn shopping into a mega-event and source of civic pride.
June 27 – 28 —ArtFest Midwest, Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, www.artfestmidwest.com. Free.
Piggybacking on the big shoulders of DMAF, the eighth annual “Other Art Show,” boasts lots of demonstrations (glassblowing, pastel portraits, lampwork jewelry, pottery, etc.) plus free parking and regional chauvinism. More than 210 artists will be showing, with approximately 40 percent from Iowa and 90 percent from the Midwest. The fest is now calling itself the “largest fine art show in Iowa.”
Sept. 24-25 — Art Stop
The fourth annual shuttle bus tour of central Iowa’s art galleries, studios and museums.
Art Dive, 1417 Walnut St., www.artdive.com
Des Moines alternative gallery plans alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.
2AU, 200 Fifth St., West Des Moines
Beach boys of Ipanema and mermaids of Tahiti mix it up with Tanzanian gems this summer.
Des Moines Social Club, 1408 Locust Ave., www.desmoinesocialclub.org
Circus, wrestling, tai chi, akido, theater, belly dancing and other acts of sociability make the club’s Instinct Gallery the most alternative to alternative in town.
Finder’s Creepers, 515 18th St. www.finderscreepers.com
An alternative to alternative.
Kavanaugh Gallery, 131 5th St., West Des Moines, 279-8682, www.kavanaughgallery.com.
Specializing in purchase estate collections, there’s no telling what you might find here.
Steven Vail Gallery, 500 E. Locust St.
Focuses on late 19th century, and 20th century European and American art. Open by appointment only.
Susan Noland Studio Gallery, 902 42nd St.
The psychological properties of gems are front and center in this master goldsmith‘s repertoire.
Olson-Larsen Galleries, 203 Fifth St., West Des Moines, www.olsonlarsen.com
Through July 10 —‘Landscape Show’
New works by the gallery’s big picture stars Barbara Fedeler, John Preston, Dennis Dykema, Bill Barnes and Bobbie McKibbon *APT*
July 10 – Sept. 4 —‘New Works’
New works by Ken Smith, Yuko Ishii and Mary Merkel-Hess.
Moberg Art Gallery, 2921 Ingersoll Ave., www.moberggallery.com
Through July 31 — ‘Larassa Kabel’
Realist painter. *APT*
Small Works Exhibit by
various gallery artists
Aug. 6 – Sept. 18 (reception Aug. 7) — ‘Richard Kelley’
New developments in housing, color and human obsessions from the unique world of Des Moines‘ master painter. *APT*
Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave., Ames. www.octagonarts.org.
June 3 — ARTini Bash
Silent auction fundraiser with free martini bar and music by Soul Searchers.
Heritage Art Gallery, 111 Court Ave., www.heritagegallery.org
Through June 2 — ‘A World of Water, Wax and Wonder: The Art of Janet Heinicke’
June 7 - July 20 — Iowa Exhibited XXV
The annual exhibition of work by artists across the state, professional and
amateur, juried by Jack Wilkes.
Aug. 8 – Sept. 10 — ‘Robert Schulte and The Charitable Print Trust’
A new venture by a team of Des Moines printmakers who unveil their plan and their recent work.
Sept. 13 – Oct. 23 — ‘Contemporary Fabrics: inspired by the art of quilting’
Local artists show innovative works in fabric and decoration.
Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave., www.desmoinesartcenter.org
Through August 20 — Summer classes.
Day camps and family workshops. Call 271-0306.
June 11 – Sept. 19 (reception/preview party June 10) — “Iowa Artists 2010” APT
Fifteen artists this year range from performance diva Leslie Hall to realist oil painter Larassa Kabel. Des Moines’ Dan Weiss, Nate Morton and Benjamin Gardner represent the metro.
June 11 — ‘Leslie Hall’s School for the Precocious’
A diva tutorial for large sized appetites and ambitions.
June 17 and July 15 — ‘Artist Gallery Talks’ (6:30 p.m.)
June 18 – Sept. 16 — ‘Kill Them Before They Multiply’
Print artists from Picasso to Tara Donovan interpret multiplicity and excess.
Through Aug. 29 — ‘The Bike Riders — Danny Lyon’
American photographer documents his years with the Chicago Outlaws biker club.
August 5 — ‘The Wild One’
Brando‘s badass biker became a cult favorite.
August 8 —‘Easy Rider’
Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda’s anthem to the ’60s open road.
Ankeny Art Center, 1520 S.W. Ordnance Rd. www.ankenyartcenter.com
Iowa’s inimitable painter of wonderlands within and without.
‘Gary Tonhouse & Denny Peterson’
Brunnier Museum of Art, University Museums, 290 Scheman Building, Ames, www.museums.iastate.edu.
Through August 2010 — ‘Exquisite Balance: Sculptures by Bill Barrett’
Sculptures recall fluid effortlessness of calligraphic strokes, and betray a positivism to which many viewers feel drawn.
Through Aug. 6 — ‘Polyphonic Abstraction: Paintings and Maquettes by Bill Barrett’ in Morrill Hall.
This exhibition “juxtaposes his expressive canvases with his sculptural maquettes.”
The Vesterheim, 523 W. Water St., Decorah, www.vesterheim.org
Through March 2011 — ‘Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts’
The exhibition will highlight the ways Norwegian Americans have expressed gender, family, community, religious, and ethnic identities through quilt making.
July 17 – 24 — ‘National Exhibition of Folk-Art in the Norwegian Tradition’
Exhibition of knife making, rosemaling, weaving and woodworking by the very best contemporary American artists working in the Norwegian tradition will be on view again next year during Nordic Fest, the last full weekend in July.
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery
June 18 – Sept. 5 — ‘Harry Shearer: The Silent Echo Chamber’
See President Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain, cable news anchormen and other “talking heads” in the moments before they go “live” on television.
‘Michael Van den Besselaar’s Unconscious Optics’
Paintings, resembling 13-inch televisions freeze fleeting images once beamed into our collective consciousness of America.
‘Mark Wagner: Art/Appreciation’
Wagner collapses all pretenses between art and money, archly appraising the status and intersection of both without devaluing either.
‘Bryan Drury - The Feast’
Artist’s solo show focuses on a single painting, “The Feast.”
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Avenue S.E., Cedar Rapids, www.crma.org
Through Aug. 22 — ‘Sky’s the Limit: Marvin Cone‘s Clouds’
Title says it all.
Through Sept. 19 — ‘From Monet to Picasso’
Significant but little-known works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissaro, Chagall, Cassatt, Dufy, Matisse, Léger, Mondrian, Miró, Dali, Braque, and Picasso — the Riley Collection has become one of the most significant private collections in the state of Iowa.
June 19 – Nov.14 — ‘Grant Wood Windows’
Wood‘s drawings for his stained glass windows displayed for the first time.
MacNider Art Museum, 303 Second Street S.E., Mason City,
Through July 24 — Martin Weinstein’s ‘The Teresa Paintings’
Works focus on the artist’s wife, in the landscape of the shared family home on the Hudson River.
University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1375 Highway One West, Iowa City, uima.uiowa.edu.
Through June 22 — ‘Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hip-Hop Contexts’ at the Memorial Union.
Features Harry Allen’s “Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century.”
Figge Art Museum
225 West Second St., Davenport, www.art-dma.org.
Through Aug. 15 — ‘10 Years: The Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program’
Highlights the successes of several scholarship recipients who are fulfilling their career dreams of working in art-related fields.
June 6 – Aug. 29 —‘Scale: Ceramic Forms and Photographic Landscapes’
Gerry Eskin’s primary interest remains ceramics but he returns here to an early interest, photography. CV
Caption: Des Moines Metro Opera performs “The Marriage of Figaro” this summer.
Caption: Richard Colburn’s “High School Closed Milton ND” at the Des Moines Art Center.
Caption: Richard Kelly’s “Huddled Together” at Moberg Gallery.
Caption: “Off Acorn Road” by Barbara Fedeler at Olson-Larsen Gallery.
By Jared Curtis
“Let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby, let’s all go to the lobby, and get ourselves some treats.” That’s right, it’s time once again for summer movies to engulf us into a magical world and let all our worries disappear for a few hours. The popcorn flicks are what summer is all about, and “Iron Man 2” has us going in the right direction. This summer there are plenty of sequels to be found including “Sex and the City 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Step Up 3D,” and the much-anticipated “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” There are remakes and re-imaginings a plenty with “The A-Team” and “The Karate Kid,” as well M Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.” There could also be plenty of laughs courtesy of “Grown Ups,” “Despicable Me” and “Dinner For Schmucks.” And even though we won’t be exposed to the greatness known as “Machete” until September, there is still plenty of entertainment. I don’t want to brag (actually I do), but I did pick “The Hangover” last summer as one to see — “‘The Hangover’ has the potential to be the funniest movie this summer.” The following are 10 films I recommend seeing this summer, followed by a complete list of movies to be released during the next three months. Just try and remember to get some fresh air every once and a while.
‘Survival of the Dead’
Directed by George A. Romero, starring Alan Van Sprang, Kathleen Munroe, Richard Fitzpatrick and Kenneth Welsh.
There is no other way to kick off my summer film recommendations than highlighting “Survival of the Dead” directed and written by the godfather of zombie films, George A. Romero. After his last film, “Diary of the Dead,” was a disappointment, I thought the old man had finally directed his last zombie. But I was wrong. “Survival of the Dead” is a much better film than his last (yes, I’ve seen it, due to its preview on Video On Demand) and almost better than “Land of the Dead.” “Survival” follows the soldiers who crossed paths with the kids from “Diary,” expanding on their story as they head toward an island of the coast, looking for safety. Sure, it’s no “Dawn of the Dead” or even “Day of the Dead,” but if you enjoy seeing zombies munch down brains, severed limbs and inventive zombie kills, then look no further than “Survival of the Dead.”
Directed by Vincenzo Natali, starring Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac and David Hewlett.
Human cloning has always been a button-pushing issue, and the talking heads will have a perfect example why we shouldn’t do it thanks to “Splice.” The film follows two rebellious scientists (Polley and Brody) who defy legal and ethical boundaries when they splice human and animal DNA, creating a new kind of creature. Once Dren is born, the creature develops extremely quickly from a deformed baby to a kind of hot chick who, according to the creepy trailer, can sprout wings. Dren bonds with her creators, but soon they are unable to control her, and things get crazy. “Splice” was supposed to come out last year but was delayed, which can be a bad thing. But director Vincenzo Natali (“Cube”) stated the delay was about post-production work rather than a re-shoot problem. Either way, the trailer looks extremely creepy, and Polley has a knack for picking good films. “Splice” could be one of the best surprises — even if it makes your skin crawl — this summer.
Directed by Debra Granik, starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan and Garret Dillahunt.
Here’s a small little indie film that will fly under the radar but looks very promising. “Winter’s Bone” is based on the book by Daniel Woodrell and follows Ree Dolly (Lawrence), who lives a life of poverty in the Ozarks. After her father is arrested for running a meth lab, he puts the house and property up as bail collateral and skips town. Soon the law comes knocking and informs Ree, who is taking care of her sick mother and raising her two younger brothers, that if her father doesn’t turn himself in, they’ll be forced to take the land. Ree promises to bring him back, dead or alive, so they can keep the house as the bitter winter is approaching. “Winter’s Bone” is not the typical summertime film. There are no big guns or explosions, just a strong story with some tender moments. Another reason I recommend “Winter’s Bone” is because one of my favorite actors, John Hawkes (“Lost,” “Deadwood,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”), stars, and in my eyes, the guy can do no wrong. Let’s just hope The Fleur will bring “Winter’s Bone” to town.
Directed by Jimmy Hayward, starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Shannon.
I know, Megan Fox has already burned me once on my picks (2009’s “Jennifer’s Body” was horrendous!), but damnit, I’ll watch everything she’s in even if she can’t act her way out of a wet paper bag. The good news is Fox isn’t the main character, and the film doesn’t have to rely on her to carry it; plus she is laced up pretty tight in her old west corset. The bad news, Fox plays a whore with a heart of gold, but never shows the goods… when will she learn? Although I’m not a huge comic book/graphic novel reader, I did enjoy the story of “Jonah Hex” — a surly bounty hunter with a badly scarred face. Josh Brolin, who showed he could play a cowboy in “No Country For Old Men,” stars as Jonah. Along with Brolin and Fox, John Malkovich stars as the Jonah’s sworn enemy. A couple of very funny actors, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911”), add some humor to the dusty trail. Although the trailer looks closer to “Wild Wild West” than “Django,” I’m still ready for the ride. Plus, when have you ever seen a cowboy with Gatling guns hooked to the side of his horse?
Directed by The Duplass Brothers, starring Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Catherine Keener.
This could be a big summer for Jonah Hill (“Superbad,” “Funny People”) as he has two starring roles in two completely different films, “Get Him to the Greek” and “Cyrus.” Since Russell Brand is a complete douche bag, I chose “Cyrus” over “Get Him to the Greek,” even though “Greek” director Nicholas Stoller helmed one of the most underrated films of 2008, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” “Cyrus” appears to be a loving, yet black comedy about the relationship between the overgrown man-child Cyrus (Hill) and his mom, Molly (Tomei). They have a strong bond, but some people, including John (Reilly) think it’s a little too strong. Once John begins to date Molly, the gloves come off and Cyrus and John battle to see who will ultimately end up with Molly’s love. It sounds like “Step Brothers” meets “Dutch.” Another thing going for “Cyrus” is the film’s directors, The Duplass Brothers (“The Puffy Chair,” “Baghead”), who have slowly built a strong following with their “mumblecore” genre of film (no-name actors, lots of dialogue and low budget). This is their first big film, and, from the trailer, I doubt it’ll be their last.
Directed by Nimrod Antal, starring Adrien Brody, Danny Trejo, Topher Grace and Laurence Fishburne
Back in 1994, director Robert Rodriguez (“From Dusk Till Dawn,” “The Faculty,” “Sin City”) had written a script for a sequel to “Predator” even before his break-out film, “Desperado,” was made. Well, 16 years later it finally hits the big screen. “Predators” follows a group of elite warriors (including Brody, Grace, Walton Goggins, Oleg Taktarov and Alice Braga) who are brought to an unknown planet and hunted for sport by the alien race known as the Predators. Rodriguez had originally intended for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Dutch to be featured as one of the soldiers, but that didn’t happen. Instead he took warriors from all over — soldiers, mercenaries, Yakuza — and threw them in a Predator planet, where the predators hunt different prey to evolve as killers. I’m a huge fan of the original “Predator,” and “Predator 2” was decent, but as soon as the “Alien Vs. Predators” franchise took off, I tuned out. I’m glad the franchise is getting a reboot, especially by a talent like Rodriguez.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe.
OK, so before I saw the “Inception” trailer prior to “Iron Man 2” I had no idea what the hell was going on. All I knew was that Leonardo DiCaprio was a cop, buildings were crumbling and Christopher Nolan (“Memento,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Prestige”) was directing. After seeing the trailer where DiCaprio explains the idea to Ellen Page, I still wasn’t totally clear what was going on. Here’s what I gathered — DiCaprio is a sort of dream police who enters people’s mind while they’re sleeping and steals their deepest, darkest ideas and secrets. And I think as people begin to wake up, the dream world starts to crumble, so DiCaprio has to get out before he is trapped. He also talks about finding a way back home. Confused yet? I know I am. But no matter what, “Inception” is way up on my list to see this summer. Although he is not my favorite actor, DiCaprio has made good film choices. Add in one of the best young actors today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as one of the best veteran actors working today, Michael Caine, and you have too much talent for the screen. Bring Nolan into the mix and it just seems unfair to all the other summer releases.
‘The Other Guys’
Directed by Adam McKay, starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
How about a laugh-out-loud comedy to lighten up the summer? “The Other Guys” promises to be that and so much more as Will Ferrell re-teams with director Adam McKay (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “Step Brothers”) for a hilarious look at the life of Det. Allen Gamble (Ferrell). Gamble is a good cop, but he’s more of a book smart, play-it-safe cop. Along with his partner, Det. Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), they work the cases with plenty of paperwork and precision. It might get the job done, but the two live in the shadows of Highsmith (Jackson) and Danson (Johnson), big, bad, tough cops who are regularly involved in high-speed pursuits, hostage situations and receiving praise from the mayor. When Gamble and Hoitz have the opportunity they’ve always wanted, things don’t go as planned and hilarity ensues. The supporting cast is amazing and includes the extremely funny Rob Riggle, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes and Steve Coogan. Add in Paris Hilton and Derek Jeter, and you have a cluster of craziness that will leave audiences crying from laughter.
Directed by Sylvester Stallone, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stathem, Jet Li and Micky Rourke.
Now this is what I’m talking about! “The Expendables” is my top film of the summer, and I can’t wait to be exposed to the mass of violence and destruction this film will offer. If you thought the “Rambo” series was ridiculously violent, you might want to pass on “The Expendables.” If not, then strap up and get ready for the biggest, baddest film of the summer. Stallone leads a group of soldiers known as The Expendables, a rough and tough group of mercenaries who head to South America to overthrow a dictator. But does the plot really matter when you have a cast like this? Stallone has assembled a who’s who of actions stars and badasses from the ’80s, ’90s and today including Stathem, Li, Rourke, Terry Crews, Danny Trejo, Randy Couture, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren and the ageless Eric Roberts. But that’s not all, “The Expendables” also features one scene with Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first time the three-horsemen of ’80s action films have ever graced the screen together. If you just read this and didn’t say, “holy shit,” then “The Expendables” isn’t for you. Otherwise, get ready to have your mind blown.
Directed by Alexandre Aja, starring Adam Scott, Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell and Christopher Lloyd.
I can’t think of a better way to end the summer than watching some mutated piranhas chomp down on spring breakers’ flesh, especially in 3D! “Piranha 3D” is a re-imagining of the 1978 cult classic about piranhas terrorizing swimmers. Instead of being scientifically muted in this film, an underwater tremor opens up a crevice where thousands of prehistoric man-eating fish have survived. Once they are released, all hell breaks loose, and a rag-tag group of strangers (Scott, Shue, Lloyd, O’Connell, Ving Rhames) must join forces to try to defeat the razor-toothed monsters. The trailer looks fun and gory, and the film also jabs a little fun at “Jaws” with Richard Dreyfuss playing a doctor. The few scenes I’ve seen involve the piranhas attacking a spring break party, and soon the water is filled with chunks and corpses of young, attractive co-eds. There is nothing I enjoy more than a horror movie in 3D. “Piranha 3D” seems like a film I can really sink my teeth into.
“Agora” (d. Alejandro Amenábar; with Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isacc and Max Minghella)
“Micmacs”(d. Jean-Pierre Jeunet; with Dany Boon, Nicolas Marie and André Dussollier)
“Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies” (d. Arne Glimcher; with Alexander Blaise, Owne Lund and Julian Schnabel)
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (d. Mike Newell; with Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley)
“Survival of the Dead” (d. George A. Romero; with Alan Van Sprang, Kenneth Welsh and Kathleen Munroe)
“Get Him to the Greek” (d. Nicholas Stoller; with Jonah Hill, Russell Brand and Rose Byrne)
“Killers” (d. Robert Luketic; with Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl and Tom Selleck)
“Marmaduke” (d. Tom Dey; with Owen Wilson, George Lopez and Emma Stone)
“Ondine” (d. Neil Jordan; with Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda and Stephen Rea)
“Splice” (d. Vincenzo Natali; with Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chaneac)
“The A-Team” (d. Joe Carnahan; with Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley and Bradley Cooper)
“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” (d. Jan Kounen; with Mads Mikkelsen, Anna Mouglalis and Yelena Morozova)
“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (d. Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg; Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers and Kathy Griffin)
“The Karate Kid” (d. Harald Zwart; with Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson)
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead” (d. Jordan Galland; with Jake Hoffman, Joey Kern and Devon Aoki)
“Winter’s Bone” (d. Debra Granik; with Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Kevin Breznahan)
“I Am Love” (d. Luca Guadagnino; with Tilda Swinton, Marissa Bereson and Flavio Parenti)
“Jonah Hex” (d. Jimmy Hayward; with Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich)
“The Killer Inside Me” (d. Michael Winterbottom; with Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba)
“Let It Rain” (d. Agnès Jaoui; with Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnes Jaoui and Jamel Debbouze)
“Toy Story 3” (d. Lee Unkrich; with Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton and Tim Allen)
“Grown Ups” (d. Dennis Dugan; with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James)
“Knight and Day” (d. James Mangold; with Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Peter Sarsgaard)
“South of the Border” (d. Oliver Stone; with Tariq Ali, Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro)
“Wild Grass” (d. Alain Resnais; with Sabine Azéma, Sara Forestier and André Dussollier)
“Love Ranch” (d. Taylor Hackford; with Helen Mirren, Gina Gershon and Joe Pesci)
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (d. David Slade; with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner)
“The Girl Who Played With Fire” (d. Daniel Alfredson; with Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre and Michael Nyqvist)
“The Last Airbender” (d. M. Night Shyamalan; with Noah Ringer, Dev Patel and Nicola Peltz)
“Restrepo” (d. Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger; documentary on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan)
“Twelve” (d. Joel Schumacher; with Chace Crawford, Kiefer Sutherland and Emma Roberts)
“The Kids Are All Right” (d. Lisa Cholodenko; with Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mia Wasikowska)
“Countdown to Zero” (d. Lucy Walker; with Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair and Graham Allison)
“Cyrus” (d. Jay and Mark Duplass; with John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill)
“Despicable Me” (d. Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin; with Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Jason Segel)
“Great Directors” (d. Angela Ismailos; with Richard Linklater, David Lynch and John Sayles)
“Predators” (d. Nimród Antal; with Adrien Brody, Walton Goggins and Topher Grace)
“The Concert” (d. Radu Mihaileanu; with Mélanie Laurent, Maria Dinulescu and François Berléand)
“Inception” (d. Christopher Nolan; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page)
“Kisses” (d. Lance Daly; with Kelly O’Neill, Paul Roe and Shane Curry)
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (d. Jon Turteltaub; with Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci and Jay Baruchel)
“Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” (d. Tamra Davis; a documentary on the iconic artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat)
“Dinner for Schmucks” (d. Jay Roach; with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis)
“Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel” (d. Brigitte Berman; with Hugh Hefner, James Caan and Jim Brown)
“Life During Wartime” (d. Todd Solondz; with Shirley Henderson, Ally Sheedy and Allison Janney)
“Ramona and Beezus” (d. Elizabeth Allen; with Joey King, Selena Gomez and Ginnifer Goodwin)
“Salt” (d. Phillip Noyce; with Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor)
“Valhalla Rising” (d. Nicolas Winding Refn; with Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis and Jamie Sives)
“The Adjustment Bureau” (d. George Nolfi; with Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Terence Stamp)
“Beastly” (d. Daniel Barnz; with Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Peter Krause)
“Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” (d. Brad Peyton; with Christina Applegate, Chris O’Donnell and James Marsden)
“The Extra Man” (d. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman; with Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes and Paul Dano)
“Get Low” (d. Aaron Schneider; with Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek)
“I Killed My Mother” (d. Xavier Dolan; with Anne Dorval. Suzanne Clement and Xavier Dolan)
“Grease Sing-Along” (d. Randal Kleiser; with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John)
“Cairo Time” (d. Ruba Nadda; with Patricia Clarkson. Elena Anaya and Alexander Siddig)
“Centurion” (d. Neil Marshall; with Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko and Dominic West)
“Chain Letter” (d. Deon Taylor; with Nikki Reed, Keith David and Cody Kasch)
“The Disappearance of Alice Creed” (d. J Blakeson; with Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan and Gemma Arterton)
“Mao’s Last Dancer” (d. Bruce Beresford; with Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan and Joan Chen)
“Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1” (d. Jean-François Richet; with Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier and Cécile de France)
“Middle Men” (d. George Gallo; with Luke Wilson, Terry Crews and Giovanni Ribisi)
“The Other Guys” (d. Adam McKay; with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Samuel L. Jackson)
“Step Up 3D” (d. Jon M. Chu; with Adam Sevani, Ally Maki and Alyson Stoner)
“The Wildest Dream” (d. Anthony Geffen; with Liam Neeson, Hugh Darcy and Ralph Fiennes)
“Eat Pray Love” (d. Ryan Murphy; with Julia Roberts, James Franco and Javier Bardem)
“The Expendables” (d. Sylvester Stallone; with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li)
“Lebanon” (d. Samuel Maoz; with Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran and Yoav Donat)
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (d. Edgar Wright; with Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman)
“The Lottery Ticket” (d. Erik White; with Bow Wow, Terry Crews and Ice Cube)
“Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang” (d. Susanna White; with Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes and Maggie Gyllenhaal)
“Soul Kitchen” (d. Faith Akin; with Adam Bousdoukos, Birol Unel and Dorka Gryllus)
“The Switch” (d. Josh Gordon and Will Speck; with Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Lewis and Jason Bateman)
“Takers” (d. John Luessenhop; with Matt Dillon, Zoe Saldana and Paul Walker)
“The Tillman Story” (d. Amir Bar-Lev; a documentary on former NFL player Pat Tillman, who retired from football, became an Army Ranger and died serving his country).
“Going the Distance” (d. Nanette Burstein; Drew Barrymore, Justin Long and Christina Applegate)
“The Last Exorcism” (d. Daniel Stamm; with Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr and Ashley Bell)
“Piranha 3D” (d. Alexandre Aja; with Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen and Elisabeth Shue) CV
By Michael Swanger
After a long winter, it’s good to see that summer is here and that the concert calendar is subsequently heating up. From concerts at the 80/35 festival, to the Iowa State Fair, to clubs, to farmers’ markets, to various outdoor events, live music is in abundance from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. Here in the metro, and slightly beyond, you will find live music of just about every genre, including blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, folk, rock, rap, reggae and R&B.
The following is a sampling of shows, organized by venue or event, that can be found throughout central Iowa through the end of August. It is not an inclusive list, as many shows have yet to be announced. But it’s a good start. Read Cityview’s “The Sound” each week for breaking music news, artist interviews (local and national) and concert reviews. Also, be sure to check out Cityview’s calendar for the most comprehensive listing of concerts in central Iowa.
Beaver and Sheridan Avenues, Beaverdale
7-11 p.m. Free
June 5 — Faculty Lounge
Behind the Barn
Living History Farms, Urbandale
278-5286. 6-9 p.m.
July 7 — Fred Gazzo and the Metropolitan Band
Aug. 4 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 1 — Brother Trucker
Belin String Quartet
Fridays, 12:15 p.m. Free
Nollen Plaza or Downtown Des Moines Library Lawn
May 28-Aug. 6
Big Country Bash
Water Works Park, Des Moines
June 27 — Gretchen Wilson, Rodney Atkins, Jason Michael Carroll, Trailer Choir, Jerrod Niemann, Sarah Darling, Jason Brown
Bike Down to I-Town
6-10 p.m. Free
June 18 — Toaster
July 16 — Standing Hampton
Aug. 20 — Station 803
Blank Park Zoo Brew
7401 S.W. 9th St.
Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
June 2 — Dueling Guitars
June 9 — Damon Dotson Band
June 16 — Out of the Blue
June 23 — Brother Trucker
June 30 — Decoy
July 7 — Toaster
July 14 — Standing Hampton
July 21 — Monkey, Monkey, Monkey
July 28 — Pianopalooza
Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant
5485 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, 564-7300
May 28-29 — CD Thomas, Don Peters, Jeremie Malotke
June 2 — Final Mix
June 3-5 — Dave Hawke, Papi Sorellis, Brad Heron
June 9 — Heath Alan Band
June 10-12 — Don Peters, Drew DeFour, Todd Cutshaw
June 17-19 — CD Thomas, Dean Madonia, Jacob Wolfson
June 23 — Dueling Guitars
June 25-26 — Andy Paczak, Paul Hoeffler
June 30 — Flipside
July 1-3 — Dean Madonia, Jeremie Malotke
July 8-10 — Andy Paczak, Pete Morgan, Troy Neihardt
July 15-17 — Frisbee, Dave Hawke, Steve Winter
July 22-24 — Brad Heron, Spencer Bates, Todd Cutshaw
July 29-31 — CD Thomas, Don Peters, Paul Hoeffler
Aug. 5-7 — Dean Madonia, Drew DeFour, John Sackett
Aug. 12-14 — CD Thomas, Dave Hawke, Don Peters
Aug. 19-21 — Brad Heron, Jeremie Malotke, Papi Sorellis
Aug. 26-28 — Gary Pickus, Todd Cutshaw, Wiz
Warren County Courthouse Lawn, Indianola, 6:30 p.m. Free
June 1 — Michael Cleveland and the Famekeeper, Southern Reign
June 8 — Monroe Crossing, County Line
June 15 — Mountain Heart, Highway Home
June 22 — The High 48s
June 29 — Mr. Baber’s Neighbors
July 6 — Next Best Thing, Rhonda Vincent, Hunter Berry
July 13 — Martin Family Bluegrass, 4 Mile Creek
July 20 — C.W. Hobbs
Blues Before Sunset
East Locust Street in front of State Historical Building
Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free
June 4 — Bob Pace Band with Steve George
July 2 — Soul Searchers
Aug. 6 — The El Dorados
Sept. 3 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Blues on Grand
1501 Grand Ave.
Tuesdays: Bob Pace Band
Most Wednesdays: Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Fridays (early show): Sumpin’ Doo
May 28 — John Primer
May 29 — Bel Airs
June 4 — Bryan Lee
June 5 — Sumpin’ Doo
June 6 — Indigenous
June 9 — Duke Robillard
June 11 — Sonny Rhodes
June 12 — Biscuit Miller
June 13 — Hamilton Loomis
June 18 — Joanna Connor
June 19 — Larry Garner
June 22 — Ana Popovic
June 23 — John Lee Hooker Jr.
June 26 — Kevin Burt
June 27 — Chubby Carrier
July 9 — Debbie Davies, Robin Rogers
July 16 — Grady Champion
July 17 — Moreland & Arbuckle
July 24 — Eddie Turner
July 27 — Walter Trout
July 30 — Bugs Henderson
July 31 — Lady Bianca
Aug. 5 — Savoy Brown
Aug. 21 — Delta Highway
Aug. 27 — Treble Clef Palette
Aug. 28 — Harper
Bowlful of Blues
Maytag Bowl, Newton
June 12 — Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, Shannon Curfman, Houndstooth, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
221 Walnut St.
June 29 — The Moody Blues
Aug. 11 — Celtic Woman
Aug. 14 — Melissa Etheridge
Clive After Five
Linnan Park, Clive
Fridays, 5 p.m. $5
May 28 — Gimmik
June 4 — Nice Bangs
June 11 — Final Mix
June 18 — KTop
Clive Aquatics Center, 1801 N.W. 114th St.
July 16-17 — Acts TBA
Concerts in the Courtyard
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Parkway, 223-1639
June 6 — Scott Stilwell and Friends
June 27 — Junction Jazz Society
July 18 — Max Jury
127 Main St., Ames
June 5 — UV Hippo
June 10 — The Western Front and The Wondering Bears
June 12 — Trouble No More
June 18 — TUGG
July 10 — Snook
July 24 — The Twin Cats
Aug. 7 — Goulash
Dale Valley Vineyard and Winery
3097 285th St., Stuart
May 29 — Chad Elliott
June 12 — BeJae Fleming
July 10 — Winestock
July 17 — Trouble No More
July 24 — Chad Elliott
Aug. 7 — Bob Pace Band with Steve George
Aug. 21 — Chad Elliott
Des Moines Arts Festival
Western Gateway Park, downtown Des Moines
Free. June 25-27
US Cellular Stage
June 25 — Hollywood Burnout, Bonne Finken & The Collective, headliner TBA
June 26 — Mary McAdams, Cleo’s Apartment, Omega Dog, SNAFU, Fundamental Elements
June 27 — Rich Webster Band, One Nite Stand, Ortonville Circus
Jazz & Wine Pavilion
June 25 — Des Moines Symphony Academy’s Zaubeflote Quartet, Bill Martin, Max Wellman
June 26 — Witness Matlou Trio, Paige Harpin, Janey Hooper and the Des Moines All Stars
June 27 — East Side Jazz Team, Nick Leo Quartet, Tony Williams
Performing Arts Stage
June 25 — Creative Fusion Dance Co., Sevdah, Calle Sur
June 26 — Rising Stars Youth Choir, SI2
June 27 — Duncan Dance Co., Poetic Rebound
Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines
244-2771. $25 - $175
July 3 — Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Slightly Stoopid, Particle, Earl Greyhound, Modern Day Satire, Holly Golightly, Solid Gold, Canby, Psalm One
July 4 — Modest Mouse, Railroad Earth, Dar Williams, Dawes, Sara Watkins, The Heavy, The Walkmen, Avi Buffalo, The Workshy, Christopher the Conquered, The Cool Kids, Evangelica, Family Groove Company
515 Alive Urban Music & Arts Festival
East Village. $5
Aug. 7 — Acts TBA
Walker Johnston Sports Complex
9000 Douglas Ave., Urbandale. $6
June 4 — One Nite Stand
June 11 — Trips
June 18 — Blue Band
June 25 — Final Mix
July 2 — Flipside
July 9 — Standing Hampton
July 16 — Backstage Boogie Band
July 23 — Gimmik
July 30 — Hold On
Aug. 6 — Comfort Zone
Aug. 13 — Boomerang
Aug. 20 — The Heartbeats
Friday Fest/Frog Creek Festival
Pattee Park, Perry
6:30 p.m. Free
June 25 — David Zollo
July 3 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 4 — Al Welsh Orchestra, Kevin Lind & the Buckeye Band
July 23 — Jason Brown
Aug. 20 — Crooked Mile
Fridays at the Fountain
West Glen Town Center
I-35 and Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
5:30-8 p.m. $5
June 4 — B.S. and the Liars
June 11 — Hollywood Burnout
June 18 — Bonne Finken
June 25 — The Rathbones
July 2 — Cabaret
July 9 — Toaster
July 16 — Bound2Be
July 23 — Decoy
July 30 — Final Mix
Aug. 6 — 17 Candle
Aug. 13 — Faculty Lounge
Aug. 20 — Fan Voting
Aug. 27 — Monkey, Monkey, Monkey
Aug. 19-21 — Bands TBA
101 Fourth St.
June 5 — Stratford Rhythm Ramblers
June 12 — Barefoot Becky & Her Ivanhoe Dutchmen
June 19 — Barry Boyce Band
House of Bricks
525 E. Grand Ave.
May 28 — Awakened, Emerge
May 28 — Caustic Vision, Controlled Chaos
May 29 — Rude Punch, The Manics
May 30 — In Fear and Faith, The Bled
June 4 — Shatter, Geardown
June 4 — Dark Mirror, Shatter
June 5 — Calous, Pain of Evolution
June 6 — Marcy Playground, Theory of Flight
June 11 — I’m Prettier Than You, The Estate
June 11 — Punching Betty
June 14 — Otep, Bury Tomorrow
June 16 — Emery, Queen’s Club
June 17 — A Skylit Drive, Tides of Man
June 18 — Xxile, The Sammus Theory
June 19 — Changing Faith, SArdor
June 19 — Two Choices
June 27 — The Melvins, Totimoshi
July 17 — Dead Horse Trauma, Verdict
July 18 — Echovalve
July 22 — Origin, Gigan
July 23 — The Stallion
July 29 — Izzy Dunfore
Aug. 1 — Pain of Evolution
Aug. 8 — Rieman Music’s Garage Band Recital
June 19 — Rehab
June 20 — Jessie James
July 10 — Uncle Kracker
July 11 — Gloriana
July 30 — Easton Corbin
July 31 — Josh Thompson
Iowa State Fair
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Grandstand ($28 - $47)
Aug. 12 — MercyMe and Newsboys
Aug. 13 — Keith Urban, Kris Allen
Aug. 14 — Shinedown, Chevelle
Aug. 15 — Jeff Dunham
Aug. 17 — Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon
Aug. 19 — Darius Rucker, Candy Coburn
Aug. 20 — Boys Like Girls, We the Kings
Aug. 21 — Sugarland, Little Big Town
Aug. 22 — Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat
Aug. 12 — The Nadas, Lee Greenwood, Black Diamond, Davy Jones, Jake Owen
Aug. 13 — The Nadas, The Ideas of March, Ryan Cabrera, Bomshel, Black Diamond
Aug. 14 — Bomshel, The Nadas, The Ideas of March, Whitney Duncan, Black Diamond
Aug. 15 — Fastball, The Buckinghams, Vanilla Ice, Black Diamond
Aug. 16-17 — Black Diamond, The Buckinghams
Aug. 18-19 — Atlanta Rhythm Section, Black Diamond
Aug. 20 — Colt Ford, The Family Stone
Aug. 21 — Leroy Van Dyke, T.G. Sheppard, Black Diamond
Aug. 22 — The Grass Roots, Green River Ordinance, Eli Young Band
2400 George Flagg Parkway
Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
May 27 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
June 3 — Pianopalooza
June 10 — Brian Congdon
June 17 — Soul Searchers
June 24 — The Melodie Proffitt Band
July 1 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld
July 8 — Flipside
July 15 — Decoy
July 22 — Brian Congdon
July 29 — Tony Valdez
Aug. 5 — One Nite Stand
Aug. 12 — Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld
Aug. 19 — Brother Trucker
Aug. 26 — Boomerang
Sept. 2 — Bob Pace
Java Joes Coffeehouse
214 Fourth St. Free
May 29 — Robert Rich
June 3 — Marian Call
June 12 — Jeff Oatts
June 20 — Sexy Accident
July 3 — David Haack
July 10 — Austin Schreck
July 17 — Lem Genovese
Jazz in July
Various metro locations. Free
June 30 — Roxi Copland, Mingus Dynasty, 6 and 8 p.m., Prairie Meadows
July 1 — Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra, 6:30 p.m., State Capitol Grounds
July 4 — Tony Valdez Big Band, 5 p.m., Urbandale Lions Park
July 6 — Los Saltinos, 6:30 p.m. Ingersoll Avenue
July 7 — Fred Grazzo & the Metropolitan Band, 6 p.m., Living History Farms
July 8 — Wayne Page’s The Jazz Page, 6:30 p.m., Waukee Triangle
July 9 — Max Wellman Quartet (6 p.m.) and Jim Oatts Quintet (7:30 p.m.), Sylvan Theatre, Greenwood Park
July 10 — Ashanti, 6:30 p.m., Waveland Golf Course
July 11 — Community Jazz Center Student Combo and World Port, 2 p.m., Union Park
July 13 — West Montgomery Era, 6:30 p.m., West Des Moines City Hall
July 14 — Party Gras Classic Jazz Band, 6 p.m., Gray’s Lake
July 15 — Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, 6:30 p.m., Wesley Acres
July 16 — Scott Davis Quartet, 6:30 p.m., Beaverdale Park
July 17 — Foxboro and One Nite Stand, 5 p.m., Clive Aquatics Center
July 18 — Sam Salamone Trio featuring Gary Jackson, 2 p.m., Wherry Building, 6th Ave.; Des Moines Big Band, 6 p.m., Simon Estes Amphitheater
July 20 — The Java Jews, 6 p.m., Shops at Roosevelt
July 21 — Ed East World Round, 6:30 p.m., Heartland Presbyterian Church
July 23 — Des Moines Jazztet, 7 p.m., Chautauqua Park
July 24 — Hot Club of Des Moines, 7 p.m., Historical East Village
July 25 — Belin Quartet featuring John Morgan, Steve Charlson and Pete Simonson, 7 p.m., Capitol Building steps
July 27 — Wayne McCraken & Tina Haase Findlay: Tribute to Sarah Vaughan & Dinah Washington, 7 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church
July 28 — Drake Faculty Jazz Quintet, 6 p.m., Fine Arts Center
July 30 — Salsa Vibe, 5 p.m., Hispanic Education Resource Center
July 31 — Orquesta Alto Maiz, 7:30 p.m., Village of Ponderosa
KGGO Summer Jam
Water Works Park
June 26 — Skid Row, Dokken, Warrant, Winger, Sweet, Night Ranger and LA Guns
The Longest Yard
122 5th St., West Des Moines
June 3 — El Dorados
June 5 — Meloddie Proffitt Band
June 10 — Spam
June 12 — Tight Fit
June 17 — Lincoln Rockhouse
June 19 — Matt Biegger
June 24 — Mike Aceto
June 26 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 1 — Spam
July 8 — El Dorados
July 10 — Meloddie Proffitt Band
July 15 — Matt Biegger
July 17 — Spam
July 22 — Lincoln Rockhouse
July 24 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 29 — Mike Aceto
Aug. 5 — Spam
Aug. 7 — Meloddie Proffitt Band
Aug. 12 — Brian Calek
Aug. 14 — Matt Biegger
Aug. 19 — Brian Calek
Aug. 21 — Tight Fit
Aug. 26 — Spam
Aug. 28 — Misfit Toys
Main Street Concerts
Tom Evans Plaza, Ames
Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free
June 3 — Green Oaks
June 10 — Mike Giles and The 3x5
June 17 — Trouble No More
June 24 — Blue Moon Players
July 8 — Good Guys
July 15 — Brewer Project
July 22 — Scott Davis Band
July 29 — Keith McCaulley
2318 University Ave.,
Live jazz every Sunday through Aug. 1 with Max Wellman
June 7 — Scented Vinyl with Crystal City
June 21 — Scented Vinyl with The Mayflies
July 10 — Griffin Alexander
July 21 — John Lefler of Dashboard Confessional
July 23 — Andy Golightly
Music in the Junction
Railroad Park, Valley Junction
West Des Moines
Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Free
May 27 — Comfort Zone
June 3 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
June 10 — Melodie Proffitt Band
June 17 — The Retro Rockets
June 24 — Boomerang
July 1 — Malcolm Wells & The Two Timers
July 8 — Brother Trucker
July 15 — Tony Valdez Large Band
July 22 — Bob’s Garage Band
July 29 — Final Mix
Aug. 5 — The Melodie Proffitt Band
Aug. 12 — Echos 5
Aug. 19 — Throwing Toast
Aug. 26 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Sept. 2 — The Retro Rockets
Music in the Park
Colby Park St., Windsor Heights
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Free
June 8 — Hot Club of Des Moines
June 15 — Party Gras Classic Jazz Band
June 22 — Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra
June 28 — Iowa Army Guard’s 34th Army Band
June 29 — Java Jews
July 6 — Sacred Heart Sax and Brass
July 13 — Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band
July 20 — Urbandale Adult Community Band
July 27 — Hold On
Aug. 3 — Greater Des Moines Community Band
Aug. 10 — Tijuana Brass
Music on the Plaza
Prairie Heritage Civic Plaza, Altoona
Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Free
May 28 — Tropicale
June 4 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
June 11 — Use of Time
June 18 — Fred Gazzo & the Metropolitans
June 25 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
Music Under the Stars
State Capitol’s West Terrace
Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Free
June 13 — Iowa Military Veterans Band
June 20 — Des Moines Municipal Band
June 27 — USAF Heartland of America Band
July 4 — 312th United States Army Band
July 11 — Des Moines Municipal Band
July 18 — Des Moines Municipal Band
July 25 — Jazz in July
Nitefall on the River
Simon Estes Amphitheater, downtown Des Moines
Thursdays, 7 p.m. $12 - $18
May 27 — BoDeans
June 3 — Tonic
June 10 — Ryan Star
June 17 — Alex Band
June 24 — JJ Grey and Mofro, Cornmeal
July 1 — Sister Hazel
July 8 — Ingrid Michaelson
July 15 — Vertical Horizon, Green River Ordinance
July 22 — Old 97’s
July 29 — Barenaked Ladies
26759 N. Avenue, Adel
June 11 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 2 — Billy Club
July 25 — Southern Reign
Aug. 6 — Brother Trucker
Aug. 27 — Chad Elliott
216 Court Ave.
May 27 — Deftones
May 28 — The Last Vegas
June 3 — Big Head Todd and The Monsters
June 5 — Motion City Soundtrack
June 11 — Euforquestra
June 12 — Index Case
June 25 — Edwin McCain
June 28 — Interpol, Twin Tigers
June 30 — Cage The Elephant, The 22-20’s
July 23 — David Allan Coe
Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
Altoona, Interstate 80, Exit 142
June 3 — Smokey Robinson
June 24 — Ronnie Milsap, The Oak Ridge Boys
Rendezvous on Riverview Concerts
Kiwanis Riverview Nature Island
(old Riverview Amusement Park, 6th Ave. & Boston)
Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Free
June 4 — Richie Lee & The Fabulous 50s
June 11 — 35 South
June 18 — Gimmik
June 25 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
July 2 — Spam, fireworks
July 9 — Meloddie Proffitt Band
July 16 — Flipside
July 23 — Hold On
July 30 — Brother Trucker
13th Street between Grand and Locust
June 4 — Jim Seem
June 5 — BeJae Fleming & Jackie Blount
June 9 — Brothers Burn Mountain
June 12 — Andy Cohen
June 19 — Epiphany
June 24 — The Rosie Burgess Trio
7 Flags Event Center
2100 N.W. 100th St., Clive
June 12 — The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
June 18 — “Get The Led Out” A tribute to Led Zeppelin by local bands of all genres
July 6 — 311
Aug. 10 — Phoenix
Simon Estes Amphitheater
Downtown Des Moines
June 3 — The Nadas
June 9 — John Butler Trio
June 13 — Yonder Mountain String Band
June 25 — Dark Star Orchestra
July 10 — moe.
Aug. 17 — The Black Crowes
Snus Hill Winery
2183 320th St., Madrid
Free. (515) 795-3535
May 28 — Old School
May 30 — Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns with Janey Hooper
June 4 — Trouble No More
June 6 — Planet Passengers
June 11 — Sumpin’ Doo
June 13 — Burning Sensations
June 18 — MidLife Crisis
June 20 — Randy Burk & the Prisoners
June 25 — El Dorados
June 27 — Grand Marquis
July 2 — Pro Musica
July 4 — Erick Hovey
July 9 — Flying Silos
July 11 — After Hours Band
July 16 — Tony Valdez & Don Jacques
July 18 — Big Daddy Blues
July 23 — Box Brothers
July 25 — Roxi Copland
July 31 — Cornstalk IX
Aug. 6 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
Aug. 8 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
Aug. 13 — After Hours Band
Aug. 20 — Lincoln Rockhouse
Aug. 27 — Cross Roads
Spirit Midwest Christian Music Festival
Jordan Park, West Des Moines
Aug. 6-7 — Bands TBA
Summerset Winery & Inn
15101 Fairfax, Indianola
Sundays, 3-6 p.m. $3.
May 30 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
June 6 — Freestyle
June 13 — Big Daddy Blues
June 20 — El Dorados
June 27 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets
July 4 — One Nite Stand
July 11 — Lincoln Rockhouse
July 18 — Rod Chaffee Band
July 25 — Tony Valdez & the Retro Rockets
Aug. 1 — Ashanti
Aug. 8 — Bobby’s Blue Band
Aug. 15 — Hot Tamale & the Red Hots
Aug. 22 — Bob Pace Band with Steve George
Aug. 29 — Tony Valdez & the Large Band
Terrible’s Lakeside Casino
777 Casino Drive, Osceola
May 28-29 — Gene Watson
June 11-12 — Lights: The Premier Tribute to Journey
June 25-26 — Andy Griggs
Thursday in the Park
Central Park, Grinnell
5 and 7:30 p.m. Free
June 3 — Gayla Drake Paul
June 10 — Larry Myer
June 17 — Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts
June 24 — Prairie Jewel Dixieland
July 1 — Too Many Strings Band
July 8 — Curtis Carroll & Friends
July 15 — Billy Lee Janey
July 22 — Blue Band
July 29 — Route 66
Aug. 5 — Burlington Street Bluegrass
Aug. 12 — Ed East Quartet
Aug. 19 — One Nite Stand
Val Air Ballroom
301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
June 26 — The High Society Big Band
Aug. 8 — The Black Keys
212 Fourth St.
May 27 — Miggs
May 28 — Pain of Evolution, Doomsday Crush
May 28 — The Bishops, The Prizefighters
May 29 — Millions of Dead Cops, Die Mutts
May 29 — Sleeping in Gethsemane, Taciturn
May 30 — Fight Fair, Kill Paradise
May 30 — Nones, Skin of Earth
May 31 — White Rhino, Rag N Bone
June 3 — Juicy Karkass, Black Market Fetus
June 4 — The Forecast, The Last Call Casualties
June 4 — Pocahaunted, The Jitz
June 5 — Tripp Marxx
June 5 — Macklemore, GaiDean Gadema
June 6 — Damien Jurado, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
June 6 — Spouse, The River Monks
June 7 — The Heavy Pets
June 9 — Wheels on Fire, Coyote Slingshot
June 9 — Pearly Gate Music, Pennyhawk
June 10 — In Defence
June 11 — Good Gravy!
June 12 — The Dig Angees, Bangups
June 12 — Wrestkling With Wolves, Mother Culture
June 15 — The lonesome Heroes
June 16 — So Much Fun, The Chatty Cathys
June 18 — Anal Cunt, Mummifier
June 19 — Attack Attack!
June 19 — The Uniphonics
June 21 — Jeff Newell’s New Trad Octet
June 29 — Pretty Things Peepshow
June 30 — Woodsman, Young Prisms
July 7 — Slick Idiot (ex KMFDM)
July 13 — The Devil Wears Prada
July 26 — Black Mountain
July 29 — Nightshade
Aug. 9 — Rooney
Aug. 12 — Del Castillo
Aug. 14 — Linden
Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third St.
June 30 — Justin Bieber
July 5 — Star Wars in Concert
Aug. 31 — American Idol Live! Tour CV
Concerts on a tank of gas
Fortunately, a plethora of good concerts can be found in Greater Des Moines this summer. Nonetheless, we understand the wanderlust of the young, and the old, and the restless, and the need to travel the lost highway in search of that big or obscure show at the end of your road trip. So after you’ve spent your money on local shows (summer is to the music industry what November and December is to retail), and if you feel the need to get out of town for a one-niter, you might consider the following events this summer in Iowa.
Taste Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Festival, Amana Colonies
Sonny Landreth, Jeffrey Foucalt, The Pines, Iowa Arts Festival,
Adam Lambert, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs
Billy Currington, Burlington Steam Boat Days, Burlington
Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa City
Santana, Steve Winwood, Michael Franti, Saturday in the Park,
Camp Euforia, Lone Tree
Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival, LeClaire Park, Davenport
Hall & Oates, Riverside Casino, Riverside
Josh Turner, Meskwaki Casino, Tama
Blues Under the Trees Festival, Fort Dodge
Al Green, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs
ZZ Top, Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport
Asleep at the Wheel, Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake
Jackson Browne, Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City
Jimmy Cliff, Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs
Primus and Gogol Bordello, Stir Cove, Council Bluffs
River Roots Live, downtown Davenport
Caption: Justin Bieber plays Wells Fargo Arena on June 30.
Caption: The Black Keys perform at the Val Air Ballroom on Aug. 8.
Caption: Sheryl Crow performs Aug. 22 at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand.