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Feb 16, 2012
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By Michael Swanger

The Gas Lamp hosts soul singer Allen Stone, whose self-titled new album peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart, on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Masquerade and Tommy & The High Pilots open the show. Tickets are $10 at Midwestix.

Devon Allman & Honeytribe headline the “Bacon Fest Shutout Party” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. at People’s Court. Local blues trio Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts open the show. The concert includes an appearance by the Bacon Queen from the Bacon Fest held earlier that day, as well as 100 pounds of bacon. Tickets are $12 through Midwestix.

The Celtic Music Association will host a concert by Solas on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Theater. Tickets are $22.50 through Ticketmaster.

The Des Moines Symphony Academy welcomes back Des Moines native and Grammy nominated Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players for its annual Pajama-Rama fundraiser concert for children and adults on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Urbandale Performing Arts Center at Urbandale High School. Tickets are $15 for the concert or $20 for the concert and lunch. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a pillow for the “kiddie mosh pit,” as well as to arrive early for the instrument petting zoo and a performance by the Des Moines Symphony Youth Philharmonic at 10:45 a.m. Visit

Australian singer-songwriter Martine Locke returns to Ritual Cafe for an intimate “living room style show” on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Visit the venue’s new website at

Jason Charles Miller of Godhead and Scattered Hamlet play an all-ages show on Monday, Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. at the House of Bricks. Tickets are $8 at Ticketfly.

All Around Hip Hop, an online radio station launched earlier this month by Bryan Weber Jr. of Des Moines, will host “Our Time to Shine,” a showcase of hip hop artists including Nu Depths, Horizon, Kemyst, Willah Suriel, R.J. Collier, Dmise Ent and RJ4GOD on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Vaudeville Mews at 5:30 p.m. “The event is named that because DMI’s Hip Hop scene is finally unifying and it’s our turn to be in the spotlight. It’s the first of a monthly showcase that will be touring around Iowa to show Iowa that we have several types of Hip Hop in our state,” said Weber in a statement. Admission to the all-ages event is $5. Visit

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson and The Pretty Reckless play the Val Air Ballroom on May 8. Tickets are $29.50-$35 through Ticketmaster.

Iowa State Fair officials announced a handful of Grandstand acts. They include TobyMac with Tenth Avenue North and Jamie Grace (Aug. 9), “Happy Together Tour 2012” featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Mickey Dolenz, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams (Aug. 10), The Band Perry (Aug. 14) and Hank Williams Jr.’s “Taking Back the Country Tour” (Aug. 17). Tickets TBA. Visit CV

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