March 3rd, 2011 |
By Michael Swanger


"Acquire the Fire Tour," featuring Remedy Drive, Leeland, R-Swift, School of Worship and Joel Johnson, plays the First Federated Church in Des Moines on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. Tickets are $57-$67. Visit

Bluegrass-jam band Cornmeal plays People's Court on Saturday, March 5 at 9 p.m. Admission is $12.

Rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa performs Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. Tickets are $36-$69 through Ticketmaster.

The Establishment, Hoo Doo Prophet, Dirty Grandpa and Faculty Lounge play a free show on Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Val Air Ballroom. Donations and auction proceeds benefit Family Services at the Iowa National Guard.

Female-led, local bands Madam Jules, Rainbow Penley, Rae and The Honeybees and Cleo's Apartment, and burlesque dancer Phoenix L'Amour, perform "Vaginas United," a benefit concert for domestic violence shelters at the House of Bricks on Saturday, March 5 at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 or $7 with a donated item. ... In other HOB news, Edisun, Quarterfly and Sunday Drive play an all-ages show on Saturday, March 5 at 5 p.m. ($12); as do Bobaflex, Royal Bliss and Oceans Divide ($10) on Wednesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Local indie, folk-rock band The River Monks host a CD release party on Saturday, March 6 at 6 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. Admission is $5.

James Taylor performs Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. Tickets are $68 and $88 through Ticketmaster. Taylor's son, Ben Taylor, opens the show.

"Iowa Hardcore Helping Kids," a benefit show for Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa, will be held Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. at All Play. Knuckled Down, Motivated, Omens, Crusader, 6000 Wings and the Bended Bow and Just Do It will perform. Admission is $5.

The Des Moines Music Collector's Show will be held Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Holiday Inn. Admission is $1.

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition will host its annual Gross Domestic Product show on April 2 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Thirteen bands (Poison Control Center, Gaiden Gadema & Young Tripp, Pink Kodiak, Parlours) play on two stages from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $10 through Midwestix.

Veteran rockers Rick Springfield (April 8, $35) and April Wine with Head East (April 29, $20) play 7 Flags Event Center.

People's Court has announced the following shows: Matt Wertz and Ben Rector (April 5, $18), My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult perform (April 12, $15), Mushroomhead and (hed)pe (April 28, $20), "The Take Action Tour" with Silverstein, Bayside and others (May 21, $17) and Iron & Wine (June 9, $25). Tickets are available through Midwestix.

John Vanderslice plays April 30 at the Vaudeville Mews. Tickets are $12 through Midwestix.

Def Leppard and Heart play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 13. Tickets TBA.

Jason Aldean, Chris Young and Thompson Square play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand on Aug. 12. Tickets are $45 through Ticketmaster. CV