Weeks of voting, campaigning and playing finally
come to a head this week for the three finalists
in the 80/35 play-in. On Thursday, June 21,
Holy White Hounds, Seedlings and Love Songs
For Lonely Monsters will take the stage at Gas
Lamp and each play a 40-minute set. Doors open
at 6 p.m. and $5 allows you to watch the proceedings
in person, or you can catch the live broadcast
on Iowa Public Radio. Holy White Hounds take
the stage at 7 p.m., followed by Love Songs
at 8 p.m. and Seedlings at 9 p.m. Folks can
rate the performances both at Gas Lamp and online
at www.iowapublicradio.org. The highest rated
band will be announced on IPR’s Studio One at
7:35 p.m. on July 2, and the winner opens the
80/35 Main Stage at noon on Saturday, July 7.
Good luck to everyone.
The 2012 Country Blast takes place on Sunday,
June 24 at Water Works Park. Featured acts include
Billy Currington, Clay Walker, Joe Nichols,
Neal McCoy, Uncle Kracker, Jason Brown and the
Robbie Michaels Band. Gates open at noon, and
tickets can be purchased at www.redtrucktickets.com
for $40 in advance or $50 day of show. VIP passes
are $150 and include two free meal tickets and
eight drink tickets, as well as access to exclusive
viewing areas and “private, air conditioned
men’s and women’s bathrooms with running water.”
Do you like experimental, electro, wall-of-sound
stuff? I know what you’re thinking. “Sure. Who
doesn’t?” Well Rockets of Desire band mates
Bryon Dudley and Tom Russell have gotten together
with The Jerkles’ Matt Dake for a project they’re
calling Stratum. Dudley admits that “it’s a
little on the strange side of Iowa music (and)
isn’t for everyone,” but they’ve got a two track
EP up at www.stratum.bandcamp.com, so if avant
garde is your thing, go check it out.
On Thursday, June 21, Hoyt Sherman Place presents
an evening with The Temptations. The MoTown
legends take stage at 7:30 p.m. and tickets
are $47.50 at the Hoyt Sherman box office.
Also on June 21, Unknown Hinson brings his country-tinged
psychobilly to Wooly’s. Show starts at 8 p.m.
and tickets are $20.
It’s summer time in Iowa, which means it’s time
for Korn (puns!). The metal stalwarts take the
stage at the Val Air Ballroom on Friday, June
22 at 8 p.m. Tickets will run $35 in advance
or $40 at the door.
SoundNotes’ Pick o’ The Week: No Good Deed and
Isaac James take their acts up Ingersoll Avenue
to The Marquee on Saturday, June 23. Doors open
at 9:30 p.m., with No Good Deed kicking things
off at 10 p.m. $5 at the door.
On Monday, June 25 the Vaudeville Mews plays
home to Holy Grail, with opening acts Dark Mirror
and Nancy Grace Death Squad. Doors for the all-ages
show open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.