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April 26, 2012
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By Chad Taylor

Much like the U.S. Postal service, a little rain wasn’t about to stop the bands at GDP from making their appointed rounds. So while the hail fell, trees blew over and sections of the city lost power, the Hotel Fort Des Moines remained brightly lit and 250 weather-be-damned souls were privy to this year’s two-stage event. All 10 bands played their hearts out, and those fans who stuck around until the end of Christopher the Conquered’s set were treated to a cameo by the incomparable Brandon and Tina Haase Findlay, who joined the Brass Band on stage, as well as The Poison Control Center’s Patrick Tape Flemming, who helped close out the show.

A final bit of GDP-related fun: When Jen Allen of Hath No Fury arrived at the hotel to set up, she was informed that she had an envelope waiting for her. Addressed to “The Rock Band Hath No Fury, c/o The Wonderful Hotel Fort Des Moines,” and sealed with an amount of saliva that can only be described as “Hootch-ian” (don’t pretend you don’t know what move I’m talking about), the envelope contained several religious tracts (some cheap knock-off variety, not the ever popular Chick Tracts), and a three page, hand written letter. The letter — signed only “a fellow christian” — has baffled all who’ve read it. The basic gist is to inquire whether or not the band members are Christians in good standing. If not, the letter would then like to remind them of some very prime, mansion-related, real estate that God has waiting for them, should they choose to sign up for the Winning Team. And while the handwriting is impeccable, the letter. contains some very. unusual grammar and. punctuation. Congratulations, anonymous letter-writing fan. You’ve made an impression.

Switchfoot plays Wooly’s on Friday, April 27. The all-ages show starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available through ticketfly for $22. The Rocket Summer opens.

SoundNotes’ pick o’ the week: Clocks and Clouds plays at the Vaudeville Mews, with The Steepwater Band and Brother Trucker on Friday, April 27. Show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5.

You really have no excuse to be bored on April 27. If the previous two shows don’t do it for you, The Underground will feature Unknown Component at 9 p.m. Tickets are also $5.

Randy Burk and the Prisoners plays Gaslamp with Ben Wantland on Saturday, April 28. Show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Also on April 28, House of Bricks has Bella Verona, Ladysoal and Seedlings playing at 9:30 p.m.Tickets are $5.

And finally, on Tuesday, May 2, Saliva plays People’s Court, supported by 12 Stones, Royal Bliss, Fatal Attraction, Come Unity and Oringe. The show is all-ages, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through ticketfly and are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. CV

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