June 9, 2011 |
By Michael Swanger


The Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center is selling a CD recorded by the late, local jazz pianist Stu Calhoon for $5. Entitled "Trio 2009," the album's material was recorded at Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro and the former Critchett's Piano Studio with Susie Miget and Pete Simonson before Calhoon died in 2009. Proceeds from sales of the album benefit the CJC. Call 276-0777 or email to buy it.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters headlines Nitefall on the River on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m. Don't be surprised if veteran reggae act Toots & the Maytals steals the show with their opening set. Tickets are $20 through Midwestix.

Iron & Wine plays a sold out concert at People's Court on Thursday, June 9. The Head and the Heart opens... In other People's news, 3oh!3 performs July 26. Tickets are $18 through Midwestix.

Local blues trio Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts plays the first show of The Lighthouse Concert Series at West Des Moines Christian Church on Friday, June 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Scott Stilwell, who founded the Lighthouse Coffeehouse from 2000 to 2007 at the church, is organizing the new series of folk, country, reggae and rock concerts in which ticket prices will not exceed $10. Other artists slated to perform include Max Jury (July 15), Dennis Warner (Aug. 12), Roots Rock Society (Sept. 11), Kim Richey (Oct. 21) and Tom Kimmel (Nov. 11). "The goal is to provide quality, inexpensive entertainment for everyone," Stilwell said. "The church had a good reputation for hosting concerts so it seemed like a natural thing for us to host shows again while keeping fans' budgets in mind." Visit

Two shows play the Val Air Ballroom this week: The Little River Band performs Friday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ($18, Ticketmaster) and rapper Wiz Khalifa's show on Wednesday, June 15 is sold out.

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist David Sanborn plays at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at Terrible's Lakeside Casino. Tickets are $30.

Former Iowan and roots-rocker Kevin Gordon plays The Gas Lamp on Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Gordon will release a new album this summer.

Americana band The Dirt Daubers, featuring Legendary Shack Shakers singer Colonel JD Wilkes, plays the Bombay Bicycle Club on Wednesday, June 15 at 9 p.m. The band will release its new album, "Wake Up, Sinners," in September. Scott H. Biram opens. Tickets are $8.

Hip-Hop acts Blackalicious, YelaWolf, BBU (Bin Laden Blowing Up) and DCM (Dope Clique Movement), as well as NewVillager, Generationals, Cory Chisel, Brother Trucker, Mr. Baber's Neighbors, The Envy Corps, Gold Motel, White Water Ramble and Cashes Rivers have been added to the 80/35 lineup.

Tickets ranging from $19-$44 are on sale now through Ticketmaster for the "Happy Together Tour 2011" in which five oldies acts play Prairie Meadows on Aug. 28. Featured performers include Flo and Eddie from The Turtles, The Association, The Grass Roots, The Buckinghams and Mark Lindsay, former singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders. CV