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Sound Notes

August 11, 2011

By Michael Swanger

Reggae artist Pato Banton ($12) plays People's Court on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m., followed by the "Slaughter Survivors Tour," featuring Conducting From the Grave, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit, Rings of Saturn and Volumes & Structure ($15) on Saturday, Aug. 13 for an all-ages show at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Midwestix... In other news, new shows announced at People's include Brett Dennen and Blind Pilot (Oct. 13, $18), Down, In Solitude and Ponykiller Ponykiller (Sept. 15, $20) and Panic at the Disco (Nov. 9, $23). Tickets for those shows are available through Ticketfly.

Minnesota singer-songwriter-author Dennis Warner plays The Lighthouse Concert Series at West Des Moines Christian Church on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

Eric Himan (Friday, Aug. 12) and Supernaw (Saturday, Aug. 13) play the Ritual Cafe this weekend. Admission TBA.

Austin Schreck performs Saturday, Aug. 13 in the adjoining theater at Java Joes Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. before leaving for Los Angeles. Admission is free.

Be sure to wish DJ Richie Daggers ($5) happy birthday when he performs on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. at the Vaudeville Mews. Then return to the club on Sunday, Aug. 13 at 5:45 p.m. to say goodbye to The Chatty Cathys ($5) when they play their farewell show.

Rock bands Hemlocak, 12 Days Silent, Caustic Vision and September play an all-ages show on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $10 through Midwestix.

The Downtown Community Alliance is launching "Traffic Jam," a new concert series designed to keep commuters avoid the rush hour by staying downtown for an early concert after work. Rosi Golan and Jason Reeves play the series' first show on Sept. 1. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights perform Oct. 6. Showtime is 5:15 to 7 p.m. on the Grand Terrace of the State Historical Building. Tickets are $15 through Midwestix.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performs at Terrible's Lakeside Casino Sept. 8-9 at 8 p.m. Tickets, $10-$30, go on sale Monday.

Former Iowa City musician Kelly Pardekooper has a new album due next month tentatively titled "Beautiful Thing." He's slated to play Byron's in Pomeroy on Sept. 15.

Dic Youngs' Rock 'n' Roll Revival, featuring performances by the Rivieras and The Windy City Elvis, returns to the Val Air Ballroom on Sept. 17 in honor of the late radio disc jockey. Tickets are $10.

Organizers of the annual Crossroads Entertainment Conference and Showcase are seeking nominations for its Foundation Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the strength of the entertainment and arts industries in their communities. This year's awards will be given during the Crossroads Showcase on Nov. 10 at People's Court. The theme to this year's event is "Challenge Drives Change." Visit

The demise of print media has been greatly exaggerated according to The Alternate Root, LLC, publishers of the popular online American roots music magazine, The Alternate Root. The owners are launching a quarterly print version of the magazine this week. CV

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