July 28, 2011 |
by Michael Swanger


Keller Williams wraps up this season's Nitefall on the River concert series with a performance on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in downtown Des Moines. Tickets are $20 at Midwestix.

Pop-country singer Corey Smith performs Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. at People's Court. Tickets are $10 through Midwestix... In other People's Court news, Mat Kearney (Oct. 1, $18) and We Came As Romans with Miss May I (Oct. 8, $15) will perform there.

Keith Lynch, the one man band known as Unknown Component, recently moved from Iowa City to Des Moines and will perform Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at Mars Cafe.

Elizabeth Arynn, Project Film, The Manics and Hanwell play an all-ages show on Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Admission is $5... The Knucklebone Reunion with special guests Calous, Resurrection Mary and Annaunki Aqua Marine Dream Machine also plays the HOB on Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Admission is Free.

Country music legend Charley Pride performs Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. at Terrible's Lakeside Casino in Osceola. Tickets are $15-$50.

Veteran rapper Too Short plays Club 504 on Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the club.

Jazz in July concludes this week with Finale Festival on Saturday, July 30 at Jordan Creek Town Center Lake District. The free daylong event includes art, food and performances from local jazz ensembles the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra (11 a.m.), Community Jazz Center Big Band (12:45 p.m.), The Jared Giunta Sexxtet (2:15 p.m.), Johnston Station Jazz Band (4 p.m.), JE Studio Jazz Band (7 p.m.) and Bella Soul featuring Tina Haase Findlay (7:30-9 p.m.). The Iowa All Star Cheerleaders will also perform at 5:30 p.m. Visit

Two blues concerts will be held in Des Moines on Sunday, July 31. Blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis ($15) performs at 8 p.m. at All Play and Iowa's blues King and Queen, Joe and Vicki Price, play for free at the El Bait Shop at 8 p.m.

Single tickets for the Civic Music Association's 2011-2012 season go on sale Aug. 1 through Midwestix or by calling 280-4020. Visit

The Mountain Goats will headline the first Maximum Ames Music Festival, a four day celebration of music and culture that will be held at several venues in Ames on Sept. 22-25. More than 20 other acts have been announced, including Euforquestra, Christopher the Conquered, The Workshy and BeJae Fleming.

Hoyt Sherman Theater has announced some new shows including Little Big Town ($34) on Sept. 15, Demetri Martin ($42) on Sept. 23, Trailer Park Boys ($43) on Oct. 6, Gillian Welch (tickets TBA) on Oct. 14, The Laurie Berkner Band ($35) on Oct. 16 and Tonic Sol-fa ($33, $39) on Dec. 16-17.

The Val Air Ballroom has added two shows in October. They include Primus (Oct. 15, $35) and Mac Miller with Casey Veggies & The Come Up (Oct. 19, $20). Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Widespread Panic performs Oct. 27 at Stephen's Auditorium in Ames. Tickets, $39.50, go on sale Aug. 26 through Ticketmaster. CV