October 28, 2010
By Michael Swanger


Des Moines’ newest record store, Wayback Records, 3524 Sixth Ave., carries used records, CDs and music memorabilia (autographs, guitar picks, posters). The shop, owned by Tom Lester, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Call 282-5073.

Tim Flanagan of Flanagan’s Restaurant & Lounge is opening Club 504, a live music venue in the East Village located at 504 E. Locust St., that includes a 65-foot stage and seating for 400 to 700 people.

Two country music legends will perform at 7 Flags Center in Clive. On Thursday, Oct. 28, Willie Nelson plays a rescheduled show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $50 for reserved seats. George Jones plays Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Reserved seats are $50. Tickets for both shows are available through Ticketmaster.

We the Kings, I See Stars and Classic in the Making play an all-ages show on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at House of Bricks. Tickets are $16 through Midwestix.

The African Children’s Choir performs pop, gospel and traditional African music on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway. A freewill offering will be accepted. The concert is part of the “Music For Life” program, which benefits impoverished children.

Folktronica duo The Books play a free, public show at Grinnell College’s Herrick Chapel on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. Their live shows includes eclectic videos.

The “Fearless Friends Tour” featuring Fearless Records pop-rock artists Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue (see “Sound Check” for a CD review), Artist Vs. Poet, Go Radio and Victorious Secret play an all-ages show on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at People’s Court. Tickets are $15 through Midwestix.

Detroit’s Electric Six, on tour to support their new album “Zodiac,” perform Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews wuith openers The Constellations and The Jitz. Admission is $12.

The Charlie Daniels Band and .38 Special will headline the first non-Fair concert Nov. 12 in the new Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $20 and $28 through Ticketmaster.

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s 5th Annual Little BIG Fest will be held Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at Hotel Fort Des Moines. Eight bands will perform on two stages. Advance tickets are $10 through Midwestix. The lineup includes The Workshy, Cirrus Minor, Omega Dog, Euforquestra, Monday Mourners, Truth Be Told, Thankful Dirt and Mr. Baber’s Neighbors.

Max Wellman, who sold out Hoyt Sherman Theater in July, will host his first annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts Dec. 17-19 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Advance tickets are available at or by calling 277-6261.

The Golden Veins, a new Des Moines rock band that includes former members of Beati Paoli (Gregory Goode, Ryan Meier and Scott O’Gara), is embarking on a year-long journey of releasing two new songs each month via “digital 45s” on its website. To purchase a membership ($10-$55), visit www. CV

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