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August 16, 2012
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By Chad Taylor

The good folks at the Waukee Arts Council are getting ready to kick off another season of their “Home Grown Talent” series. The monthly lineup will showcase some of central Iowa’s best talents, beginning Sept. 8. This season includes the Timberline Brass Quartet, Thankful Dirt, Bella Soul and others. Keep checking Sound Notes as dates get closer, or get all the skinny now (and order tickets) at

Let’s kick off the upcoming seven days at the Underground. On Thursday, Aug. 16, you can get your reggae fix with Leradee & the Positives starting at 9 p.m.

Then, Gas Lamp brings in Jayson and the Haymakers on Friday, Aug. 17. The show starts at 9 p.m. and is $5 at the door.

Also on Aug. 17, grab your funnel cake and turkey leg and head over to the Grandstand at the Iowa State Fair for right-wing crazy person Hank Williams Jr. on his “Taking Back the Country” tour, along with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, whose political and mental status remains undeclared. That show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $39, available through Ticketmaster.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, Vaudeville Mews plays host to Utah folk rockers Desert Noises. The all-ages show starts at 4:30 p.m., and $5 will get you in. Cains and Abels, Arynn, The Host Country and Ryan’s Tigers & Bears also play, giving you a lot of bang for your folk buck.

Also playing on Aug. 18, Hessen Haus presents the Jerry Beauchamp Band, starting at 6 p.m.

Then on Sunday, Aug. 19, Snus Hill Winery in Madrid hosts its “Caribbean Party” with Tropical Steel. The event starts at 2 p.m., and it’s a winery, so you know there’s going to be old grapes to drink.

Also on Aug. 19, Wooly’s presents 4onthefloor, supported by our very own Viva Montesa. That show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be had through

Go back to Gas Lamp for your entertainment on Monday, Aug. 20. There you can check out jazz/bluegrass quartet Milkdrive, along with Josh Davis and Will Locker. Show kicks off at 8 p.m. and is $5 as well.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 is time for another edition of Nitefall on the River. Everyone’s favorite waterfront concert series presents Andrew Bird starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 and available through Kelly Hogan also performs.

People’s brings in a gaggle of bands on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Get down there at 6 p.m., and check out Static X, playing along with Davey, Suicide 9, Electric September, As For You, This Sudden Darkness and Switchblade Saturdays. Tickets for this bad boy will run you $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

And finally on Aug. 22, it’s time for the Blank Park Zoo’s “Zoo Brew.” This week’s theme is “Ladies’ Brew Take Two” and will feature music by Hollywood Burnout with Josh and Josie. Also: fruity beer. Mahalo. CV

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