Things are picking up over at the Val Air Ballroom.
After a relatively quiet summer season, the
venerable West Des Moines venue has two events
lined up for this week alone: First on Thursday,
Sept. 13 at 8 p.m., Tyga’s “Closer to My Dreams”
tour rolls in, featuring Kirko Bangz, Iggy Azalea,
Sterling Simms and Jinsu. Tickets are $40 in
advance and $45 at the door. Then, a scant three
days later on Sunday, Sept. 16, Roberto Tapia
brings a little Latin flair, starting at 8:30
p.m. Tickets for that one are $30. In addition,
the Val Air has also recently announced Kansas
coming on Oct. 4, and the Dropkick Murphys on
Nov. 2. Information on both shows can be found
Great American Taxi plays People’s on Thursday,
Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance
or $15 at the door, and the show also features
Vince Harmon of Leftover Salmon.
Then on Friday, Sept. 14, the Vaudeville Mews
has a giant, all-ages, metal show kicking off
at 4:30 p.m. Led by Florida’s King Conquer,
the show also features Bermuda, In Dying Arms,
Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Curse of Hail,
They Will Repent, Buster Casey and An Empire
Falls; $12 gets you in. Come ready to mosh…
kids are still moshing, right?
House of Bricks is the place to continue the
all-ages love on Saturday, Sept. 15, as the
delightfully-named Stolen Babies plays a show
with Screaming Mechanical Brain and The Maw.
That show starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are
$15 at the door or $12 in advance through http://www.ticketfly.com.
Sept. 15 also kicks off a busy weekend over
at Wooly’s. On that Saturday, the venue hosts
the “Killer Party,” with DJ Eight Ten and featuring
live vocal performances by Chris Ford, Sharika
Soal, Moon Chaplin, Crystal Fields and Honey
Kain, as well as a burlesque performance from
Phoenix L’Amour and painting from Van Holmgren.
Then on Sunday, Wooly’s welcomes Melvins Lite
to town. Melvins Lite, a three-piece incarnation
of the legendary Aberdeen, Wash., noise-punk
group Melvins, is whipping through town in an
attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for
fastest tour of the U.S. by a band. They invade
East Locust Street on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. with
Big Business opening. Tickets are $15 in advance
and $17 at the door.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Hoyt Sherman Place welcomes
the Silversun Pickups, along with School of
Seven Bells and Atlas Genius. That show starts
at 8 p.m., and tickets are $33, available through
Ticketmaster or at the Hoyt Sherman box office.
Finally, the Pick o’ the Week: On Wednesday,
Sept. 19, Blowfly comes to the Gas Lamp. Anybody
currently unfamiliar with Blowfly’s act should
conjure up the image of 2 Live Crew covering
Weird Al covering other bands. It’s… kind of
dirty. That show kicks off at 9 p.m. and is
$12 at the door. Andy D and DJ Richie Daggers
also perform. Mahalo. CV