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Sound Notes

Feb 2, 2012
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By Michael Swanger

Promoter Sam Summers, owner of First Fleet Concerts, and his business partners will open a new music venue in the East Village. Wooly’s, 504 E. Grand Ave., opens March 1 where the former Club 504 was located and offers a capacity of 683 people. Summers says that renovations are underway and that the club which will be open every weekend and on weeknights when there are shows. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while and decided it was time to do so when we found a good opportunity,” he said. Summers confirms that The Envy Corps (March 24), My Darkest Days (April 3) Frankenstein Brothers (April 18), Eric Hutchinson (April 19) and Green River Ordinance (April 30) will perform at Wooly’s with more acts to be announced.

Hip-hop artist Wale plays the Val Air Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 at Ticketmaster. Also, the ballroom will host rapper Tyga ($25) on March 8 and the Feb. 24 concert by Montgomery Gentry is cancelled.

The Downtown Community Alliance and Civic Center will produce the “Lunch Unplugged” concert series on Fridays at noon from Feb. 3 through March 30 at the Temple for Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 and can be bundled with a boxed lunch from South Union Bread Cafe for an additional $7. Tickets are available by phone at 246-2300 and the ticket office or can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the show for $10. Concert attendees can also bring their own lunch. The lineup includes Preston Pugmire (Feb. 3), Diego Val (Feb. 10), Roxi Copland (Feb. 17), Co’Motion Dabce (Feb. 24), Chris Cauley (Feb. 29), Truckstop Souvenir (March 9), Jonathan Sturm (March 22) and Karla Bonoff (March 30). Visit

The Vaudeville Mews will host an all-ages rock show by Dr. Acula with The Devastated, Design The Skyline, They Will Repent, A Century at the Gallows and The Life I Breathe ($15) on Friday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.

The House of Bricks hosts Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys ($10) on Friday, Feb. 3 at 9:30 p.m. and the Supersuckers, The Spittin’ Cobras and Jacob County and The Damaged Goods ($18) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Blues musician and actor Guy Davis performs Monday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Temple for Performing Arts for the “Live at the Temple” concert series. Tickets, $27.50, are available through Ticketmaster.

Hoyt Sherman Theater will host Celtic music’s Solas ($32) on Feb. 18, country music singer Trace Adkins ($43-$73) on March 8 and pop-folk group Gungor ($17.50) on March 23.

The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition will hold the seventh annual Gross Domestic Product on April 14 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Bands have until Feb. 13 to submit applications to perform at the event. Visit

Barry Manilow plays Wells Fargo Arena on April 12. Tickets, $19-$129, go on sale Feb. 3 through Dahl’s ticket outlets.

Kenny Loggins plays Prairie Meadows’ Events and Conference Center on April 19. Tickets, $19-$59, go on sale Feb. 2 at Ticketmaster.

Little Brian & The Zydeco Travelers play The Gas Lamp on June 23. Advance tickets are $10. CV

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