January 20th, 2011 |
By Michael Swanger
Fans of Michael Jackson may enjoy Who’s Bad, “The Ultimate Tribute to the King of Pop,” which plays People’s Court on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. Cover is $10.

Local indie-pop-rock band Hanwell returns to the stage after a six month hiatus with a new lineup and revised sound, says the band’s co-founder and singer James Petersen. Last June, Ryan Hays (bass) and Nathaniel Hill (drums) left the band “because of their respective college choices” to be replaced by Drew Davis and Caleb Kucera, respectively. Then the group added Halle Hudson, who plays piano and drums. As Hanwell worked on new material, Hill decided to rejoin the group, giving it the flexibility of having three drummers and three keyboardists. Hanwell performs all-ages shows on Thursday, Jan. 13, with The Nemo Orchestra, Speed of Something and La Strange at the House of Bricks at 5 p.m.; and on Friday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews with La Strange and So Much Fun. Admission to each show is $5.

Asklandaganza 4, an annual concert hosted by concert promoter Ladd Askland, returns to the Vaudeville Mews on Saturday, Jan. 15 with two shows. The first, an all-ages affair, features Wolves in the Attic, Canyons and The Seed of Something at 6 p.m. The second features The Poison Control Center, Land of Blood and Sunshine and Derek Lambert & The Prairie Fires at 10 p.m. Entry to each show is $5.

People’s Court hosts two country-rock shows this week. On Saturday, Jan. 15, Cross Canadian Ragweed singer Cody Canada and his solo band The Departed perform at 9 p.m. ($12). Then on Wednesday, Jan. 19, Jason Boland & The Stragglers play at 8:30 p.m. ($10). Midwestix sells the tickets.

Jazz bassist Dave Holland has cancelled his Jan. 21 concert at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium on Jan. 21 due to a family emergency. Chris Potter’s Underground will perform in his place. Tickets to Holland’s show will be honored at Potter’s show.

Mike Giles, director of jazz studies at Iowa State University, will provide insight into jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges during a free event on Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ames Public Library. Participants will have a chance to win tickets to the Jan. 23 performance of The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Septet: The Music of Johnny Hodges at Stephens Auditorium.

Big Red Dog Productions has booked more blues acts at All Play. They include The Soul Searchers (Jan. 14), Hot Tamale & The Red Hots (Jan. 21), Dirk Quinn (Jan. 28), Bob Pace (Feb. 4), Paul Mayasich (Feb. 25), Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King (March 4), Debbie Davies (March 11), Walter Trout (March 16), Hamilton Loomis (March 25) and Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys (April 29).

Kings of western swing Asleep at the Wheel (Feb. 25-26) and bluegrass babe Rhonda Vincent (March 11-12) play two shows each night at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Terrible’s Lakeside Casino. Tickets are $30. Visit

3 Inches of Blood and Holy Grail play March 2 at the Vaudeville Mews. Tickets are $10 through Midwestix. CV