September 16, 2010
By Michael Swanger


Jam band The Big Wu and openers Mooseknuckle play Friday, Sept. 17 at People’s Court at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance through Midwestix.

Nashville blues guitarist Stacy Mitchart, subject of the television documentary “Nashvegas Blues,” performs Friday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. at Blues on Grand. Admission is $10.

The “Des Moines Family Music Festival” will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Children-friendly artists like Justin Roberts, Elizabeth Mitchell (who once had a duo with her college roommate Lisa Loeb), Hosana Montana, The Okee Dokee Brothers and the Sugar Free Allstars will play on two stages. Other non-music performers will also appear. Advance tickets are $8 at Dahl’s Foods. Tickets at the door are $15. Visit for the lineup.

Zzz Records celebrates its 10th anniversary by hosting a concert at the Vaudeville Mews on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 p.m. Local bands Dresden Style, The Jerkyls and Cleo’s Apartment will perform. The event includes prize giveaways. Admission is $5. The following week, Zzz Records will host a sale.

Acoustic guitarist Nigel Egg plays the Ritual Cafe on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. The Minneapolis performer is on tour promoting his new album, “Big Bang Baby Boom.” The Longshadowmen and Eric Coleman will open the show. Cover TBA.

Veteran country-jazz, singer-guitarist Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks play the Maintenance Shop in Ames on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students and $18 for the public.

The Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center Big Band will celebrate the music of Count Basie and Sammy Nestico with a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Java Joe’s Coffeehouse.

Americana musician and producer Gurf Morlix will play the House of Bricks on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Brother Trucker will open.

Propagandhi plays an all-ages show on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $16 through Midwestix.

Two all-ages shows coming to the Vaudeville Mews: The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore and Arkiak play at 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 ($13); and The Ghost Inside, First Blood, A Loss For Words, Deez Nuts and Hundreth at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 ($12). Tickets are available through Midwestix.

The Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center will host its 10th Annual CJC Hall of Fame and Special Recognition Awards on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Adventureland Inn in Altoona. The late pianist-saxophonist Ellsworth Brown, father of Dartanyan and Don Brown, will be inducted posthumously, as will vibraphonist Ken Jolls from Ames. This year’s Special Recognition Awards go to Des Moines pianist Jason Danielson and (author of this column) music critic Michael Swanger. Alec Parker will receive the Bobby Dawson Award. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the CJC Youth Combo, followed by the program at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults. Call 276-0777. CV

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