Maximum Ames Music Festival, to be held Thursday,
Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 25, will include
performances by approximately 60 (mostly Iowa)
bands at indoor and outdoor venues throughout
Ames. The Mountain Goats, Xiu Xiu and Euforquestra
are among the headliners. Admission to many
shows is free, though festival passes sell for
$20-$40. Visit http://www.maximumames.com.
Midwestix is now providing ticketing for events
at the Iowa State Memorial Union and Maintenance
Gordon Lightfoot performs at 8 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Terrible's
Lakeside Casino in Osceola. Tickets are $20-$40.
BeJae Fleming and Jackie Blount return to Iowa
for shows on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the
Stomping Grounds in Ames with Andy Fleming and
Lyle Kevin Hogue and on Saturday, Sept. 24 at
7 p.m. at the Ritual Cafe in Des Moines with
Thankful Dirt. Admission TBA.
This week at the House of Bricks: "The
National Alliance on Mental Illness Benefit
Concert" with The Knobs, Havick, Icon Status,
Gimikk and Simple Sights ($10) on Friday, Sept.
23 at 6 p.m. and the Nekromantix ($12) at 4:45
p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4:45 p.m.
Legendary local country music promoter Smokey
Smith and author Terry Manley will participate
in a "Historical Discovery Discussion"
on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the State
Historical Library and Archives Reading Room
in the East Village. Manley will speak and sign
copies of his new book, "Smokey: The Legendary
Life of Iowa's Mr. Country Music." An exhibit
of some of Smith's personal items will be displayed.
The event is free.
North of Grand will host the "Grain Belt
Get Down" on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9:30
p.m. at Carl's Place. Admission is free. Raffle
ticket monies benefit the Miracle League of
Blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Thackery performs
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. at All Play.
Tickets are $15 in advance. Visit http://www.bigreddogmusic.com.
The First Unitarian Church in Des Moines has
announced the lineup for its 2011-2012 "Progressive
Voices Concerts." It includes Ann Reed
(Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.), Peter Mayer
(Nov. 5), Emma's Revolution (Feb. 11, 2012)
and Cosy Sheridan (June 15, 2012). Advance season
passes are $50 or single show tickets are $15
The Val Air Ballroom hosts Espinoza Paz (tickets
TBA) on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m., Insane
Clown Posse ($30) on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 8
p.m. and Bassnectar ($27) on Wednesday, Sept.
28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Blue October plays Hoyt Sherman Theater on Wednesday,
Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37.45 through
First Fleet Concerts announced the following
shows: Cornmeal ($12) on Oct. 29 and Big Sean
($20) on Nov. 8 at People's Court and Bane,
Miles Away and Dead End Path ($12) on Oct. 19
at the Vaudeville Mews. Buy tickets at Ticketfly.
Wilco returns to the Val Air Ballroom on Dec.
4. General admission tickets, $42.50, go on
sale Sept. 30 at noon at Ticketmaster and the
box office. CV