December 16, 2010
By Michael Swanger


Slipknot-Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor released his first solo single, “X-M@$” through Roadrunner Records. In a statement, Taylor said he wrote the humorous song “in honor of crotchety, drunken bastards who don’t know the difference between a yuletide and a tool shed.”

The Gas Lamp, located at the former Blues on Grand site, will open later this month and host live music (blues, rock, pop, country) two nights a week. Frankie Farrell, co-owner of the Liar’s Club, is among the club’s investors.

Pop-pianist Lorie Line brings her holiday extravaganza “Making Spirits Bright” to Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48 through Ticketmaster.

Orchestra de Camerata plays the music of J.S. Bach on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Salisbury House. Tickets are $25. Call 274-1777.

Hoyt Sherman Theater hosts two more holiday concerts this week: a cappella group Tonic SOL-FA on Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m., $30 and $26; and pianist Jim McDonough on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:30 p.m., $38 and $43. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Young, local jazz singer Max Wellman performs three “Home for the Holidays” concerts at The Des Moines Playhouse this week. They include Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 through The Playhouse. Call 277-6261 or visit

Johnny Reeferseed and the High Rollers, Brother Trucker, Thankful Dirt, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts and David Zollo celebrate the 67th birthdays of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and Stones sideman-saxophonist Bobby Keys with an evening of Stones music on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 9:30 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $7 through Midwestix... In related news, Richards’ provocative and candid autobiography, “Life,” recently topped The New York Times Best Seller’s list and is holding steady at No. 5.

Local acts Egg, Floodplane, Omega Dog and Roster McCabe will play “Pet Project Midwest’s Santa Claws Howliday Ball,” a benefit show, on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. at People’s Court. Admission is $10.

“Rock the Night,” featuring Modern Day Satire, The Atudes, Bright Giant and Rebel Creek, plays the Val Air Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 through Ticketmaster.

Mannheim Steamroller brings its “25th Anniversary Tour” filled with holiday music to the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines for two shows at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20 and Tuesday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $57.50 - $82.50 through Ticketmaster.

Guitarist Kent Burnisde is hosting a weekly blues jam on Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to midnight at Java Joes. Admission is $3.

The Jaegermeister Tour, featuring Buckcherry, Hellyeah, All That Remains and The Damned Things, plays 7 Flags Events Center on Jan. 29, 2011. Tickets are $29.99 through or the box office.

The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival returns Feb. 26, 2011 at Capital Square in downtown Des Moines and includes live music. Bands TBA. CV

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