By Michael Swanger firstname.lastname@example.org
From traditional big bands to
world music grooves to urban funk
and dance, "Jazz in the Junction,"
an all-day free music festival
to be held Saturday in West Des
Moines' Historic Valley Junction,
promises to appeal to a wide range
of music lovers with its broad
lineup of performers.
Soul, the Grammy-nominated
ensemble from Chicago whose blend
of funk, dance and jazz has earned
them a loyal following in Des
Moines over the years will headline
the fest. In addition to mainstage
acts, the event will include street
performers and food vendors. Coolers
The following acts are scheduled
11 a.m. Red Sneaker Jazz Band
1 p.m. WorldPort
3 p.m. Community Jazz Center All-Star
5 p.m. The Diplomats of Solid
7 p.m. The Des Moines Big Band
9 p.m. Liquid Soul
Sam Summers of First Fleet Concerts
has booked another leg of the
Nintendo Fusion Tour to play Des
Moines this fall. On Nov. 15,
Fall Out Boy, The Starting Line,
Motion City Soundtrack, Boys Night
Out and Panic at the Disco will
play the Val Air Ballroom. Tickets,
which sell for $20 in advance,
go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.
Fans can also preview new video
games at the show... The Drama
Workshop will host auditions Monday
and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Viking
Theater, located in the student
center at Grand View College,
for its upcoming productions of
the comedy "The Smell of
the Kill" (Sept. 23-Oct.
2) and the musical "Cowgirls"
(Nov. 4-18). For more information,
call 957-0025 or 271-9291... The
Central Iowa Blues Society is
expanding its annual Blues Challenge
to include a single round of competition
for soloists or duos to be held
Sept. 4 in conjunction with the
group's Court Avenue Blues Fest.
The winner will receive $250 cash
plus $300 in travel allowances
to Memphis to compete in the 2006
International Blues Challenge.
Applications are being accepted
now. For more information, visit
www.cibs.org or call 225-6638...
Organizers of the Fourth Annual
Des Moines IMT Marathon to be
held Sept. 18 are in need of bands,
duos and solo artists to volunteer
their time and talent to perform
for runners and spectators. The
marathon's route includes parts
of downtown, neighborhoods, city
parks and trails and ends with
a post-race party at Nollen Plaza.
Officials are also seeking musicians
to perform at a health and fitness
expo at Capital Square Sept. 15-18.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com
or call 288-2692... Colin Mochrie
and Brad Sherwood of "Whose
Line is it Anyway?" return
to the Civic Center of Greater
Des Moines Nov. 4. Tickets, which
sell for $39.50 and $49.50, go
on sale Aug. 1... Jim Bowermaster
of West Des Moines, a longtime
local jazz drummer and host of
KRNT's "The Jazz Man Show,"
died July 20. Bowermaster, a fixture
of the local jazz scene for many
years, helped create the West
Des Moines Kiwanis Dixieland Band
and played with several big bands.
He was 75. CV
"Soul-Sizzling 7" Meltdown"
Chicken Ranch Records
An extension of '60s British
Invasion and garage rock, this
album is everything the title
suggests - an energetic and soulful
blend of rockin' guitars, catchy
melodies, '60s pop, retro R&B
and '50s surf instrumentals. These
songs leap through the stereo
and would be the perfect soundtrack
to any Quentin Tarantino flick.
(The Woggles play the Vaudeville
Mews on Thursday at 9 p.m. Admission
Outlaw Family Band
"Outlaw Family Band"
From the bluesy "The Drifter"
to the rockin' country of "Queen
of Desire," these cleverly-crafted
nine originals are sure to please
the alt-country sect. (MS)
(The Outlaw Family Band plays
The Walnut Tap on Saturday at
9 p.m. Free.)
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