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Posted May 07, 2014in Sound Notes

The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is launching a new series of weekend festivals this summer. The monthly series, called “Music Under the Canopy” will start with its first installment on June 20. The first weekend will feature local acts including Josh Davis, Brother Trucker, Randy Burk and James Biehn and

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Posted April 30, 2014in Sound Notes

The Civic Music Association is in search of a new executive director. Outgoing director Carrie Clogg leaves the CMA on May 2, to take a position as Kum & Go’s new director of philanthropy, leaving big shoes to fill. Interested applicants can get the full details at www.civicmusic.org/news. The local Blues community comes

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Posted April 23, 2014in Sound Notes

Classic country music fans are going to be treated to previously unreleased Hank Williams material next month. Omnivore Recordings has re-mastered 24 tracks of previously unknown recordings from tapes found in the archives in Creston, Iowa, radio station KSIB-AM. Originally packaged in 15-minute radio segments, the tapes feature some classic

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Posted April 16, 2014in Sound Notes

It’s time once again for the start of “80/35 band announcement season.” The Des Moines Music Coalition gets things kicked off this year by announcing one of the two headliners: Connor Oberst. Joining Oberst in the first round of announcements are Ziggy Marley, Dr. Dog, Best Coast, Dawes, The Envy

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Posted April 09, 2014in Sound Notes

The Iowa State Fair has announced its grandstand lineup for this summer, starting off on Thursday, Aug. 7 with Newsboys and special guest Matthew West. The rest of the Fair’s schedule breaks down as follows: Friday, Aug. 8 — The Happy Together Tour starring The Turtles and featuring Flo &

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Posted April 02, 2014in Sound Notes

Thursdays Music in the Junction season lineup was announced, featuring the usuals, plus some newcomers: May will have Comfort Zone, Bella Soul, Gimikk, Get Off My Lawn and SP3; June includes Decoy, Abby Normal, Brother Trucker and All Things King; in July there is Fahrenheit, Final Mix, The Blue Band

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Posted March 26, 2014in Sound Notes

Gas Lamp is now kid-friendly. The longtime alcoholic venue has announced it will be converting into a more family-friendly, “pub-style” diner, specializing in American comfort food. All shows currently booked will run as planned, but new kid-centric shows will be booked during the day and early evening hours, kicking off

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Posted March 19, 2014in Sound Notes

In honor of April being Jazz Appreciation Month, the Community Jazz Center (CJC) will host an 11-hour jazz festival at Java Joes on Sunday, April 6. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and is both open to the public and free to attend, though donations are being accepted

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Posted March 12, 2014in Sound Notes

Local artists have been selected for the “CarpeDM Music Mix” CD, a collection of music produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership that includes Brother Trucker, Poison Control Center, Mary McAdams, The Uniphonics, Holy White Hounds, Chad Elliott, Bonne Finken, Dustin Smith, Gloom Balloon, Foxholes, Bright Giant, The Nadas, North

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Posted February 26, 2014in Sound Notes

Tickets to the Civic Music Association’s presentation of Philip Glass went on sale on Feb. 24. Glass kicks off the Civic Music Association’s 90th anniversary season with a performance at Sheslow Auditoriuma on Sunday, April 6. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available through www.midwestix.com or by calling

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