Des Moines Area Community College has announced
a new addition to its music program. Starting
this fall, DMACC will welcome longtime Jazz
musician Scott Davis on board as an adjunct
instructor. Jazz aficionados in town will know
Davis from the nearly three decades of music
in his resume, including his own Scott Davis
Quartet. Davis will lead a three credit “Jazz
History and Appreciation” course twice a week.
Well played, DMACC. That’s what we in the journalism
biz refer to as a “good get.”
The Iowa State Fair kicks off on Thursday, Aug.
9 with plenty of great music happening both
on the grandstand and at the free stages. Check
out a complete rundown of who plays where and
when at www.iowastatefair.org/on-stage.
One of my simple pleasures in this life is the
joy of hilarious (ridiculous?) band names. Case
in point: This Friday, Aug. 10, at House of
Bricks, the early show features Stoopid, along
with Fairhaven and the brilliantly monikered
Lake of Fat Kids. 5 p.m. $6 at the door. Bravo.
If you’re going to be at House of Bricks on
Friday anyway, stick around for the late show,
too. For $5 at 9:30 p.m., you can check out
Display Case and Eclipse.
Also on Aug. 10, Dennis Warner is this month’s
entry in the Lighthouse Concert Series at West
Des Moines Christian Church, playing with Dan
Neale. That show starts at 7 p.m. and will be
held in the church’s coffeehouse. Tickets are
$10 at the door.
There’s a lot going on at Wooly’s on Saturday,
Aug. 11, starting with the early show at 5:30
p.m. where Otep is supported by Brother Babies
and One Eyed Doll. Tickets to the all-ages show
are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
After that, Brandon McHose plays the late show
starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $12. Dustin
Smith and the Sunday Silos also play.
The Sound Notes’ Pick o’ the Week is at Gas
Lamp on Sunday, Aug. 12. Pay your $5 at the
door and check out The Blackfood Gypsies along
with the remarkable Stutterin’ Jimmy. Show starts
at 9 p.m.
Continuing the apparent theme of the week, Vaudeville
Mews offers up a twin bill on Tuesday, Aug.
14. The 5 p.m. show features Ames’ very own
Little Ruckus, along with The Olsen Twinns,
Pocket Aristotle and Rebel Creek, all for $5.
After that, The Olsen Twinns and Little Ruckus
pull double-duty for the late show, and are
joined by Trouble Lights and Mumford’s. That
one starts at 9:30 p.m. and will run another
Wrapping up this week’s notes, if you’re going
to limit yourself to seeing only one Canadian
death metal band this year, get down to People’s
on Wednesday, Aug. 15 to check out Kataklysm.
The show gets underway at 5:30 p.m., and tickets
are $15 in advance through www.ticketfly.com
or $18 at the door. Origin Rose, Funeral Fleshgod,
Appocolypse, Deplorable and Immaculacy also
perform. Mahalo. CV