We’re not gonna lie, SoundNotes likes Pride
Weekend almost as much as the State Fair. Sure,
you can’t buy deep fried Twinkies at Pride,
but the people are generally much nicer to look
at, and there’s free parking. House of Bricks
is helping kick Pride Weekend off right by hosting
a charity show on Friday, June 8 at 9 p.m. Go
check out The Olsen Twinns, Shady At Best, Vill
and the ever entertaining VaJ of Courage. A
$5 donation gets you in, with proceeds going
Speaking of benefit concerts, Austin, Texas
transplant Lightning Red performs at the Friends
Meeting House in Des Moines on June 9 from 8-10:30
p.m. with donations going to Occupy Des Moines.
Band news! Brolester Records has recently added
North of Grand to its stable of artists. The
Des Moines-based label was already home to acts
like Superchief and The White Elephant, and
continues to do its part to make Iowa music
flourish. Brolester’s Jeremiah Tuhn says that
they’re planning the release of North of Grand’s
first album under the label for later this summer.
More band news! Hath No Fury and lead guitarist
Jayson Kempf have parted ways. Everyone’s still
on speaking terms, but Kempf has left in order
to take a spot with Madam Jules, where he’ll
be reunited with his former Mindrite band mate,
Blake Brennan. Julia Mahlstadt confirmed the
addition, and Kempf’s first show with the band
was June 2 at the House of Bricks. On the flip
side, Hath No Fury’s Jen Allen says that there
are no immediate plans to replace Kempf, and
the band will play their next show as a four
Nitefall on the River has added another show
to the lineup. Umphrey’s McGee plays the Simon
Estes Amphitheater on Sept 12. The all-ages
show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25
and go on sale June 8 at ticketfly.com
Christopher the Conquered and his Black and
Gold Brass Band bring their show to Gaslamp
on Thursday, June 7. Show starts at 9 p.m. and
tickets are $5. Seedlings, Howard D. Harmsen
and Sean Huston open.
“Deliverance” actor/troubadour Ronny Cox kicks
off this year’s Lighthouse Concert Series at
West Des Moines Christian Church on Friday,
June 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Also on June 8, get your arena rock on with
Styx at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino.
Tickets range from $30 - $68, and the show kicks
off at 8 p.m.
SoundNotes’ Pick o’ the Week: Hip Hop takes
over the Vaudeville Mews on June 9. Prettygirlhatemachine
plays with Toby Dilegent, D Average and Aeon
Grey, with the show kicking off at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5.
Monday, June 11 has Barcelona playing an all-ages
show at Wooly’s. Tickets are $12 in advance/$14
at the door, and the show starts at 6 p.m. Churchill
Merchants of Moonshine play Gaslamp on Tuesday,
June 12 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and Brother
Trucker opens. Mahalo. CV