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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition has announced the lineup for this year’s Gross Domestic Product festival. Formerly held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, GDP is moving to Fourth Street in the Court Avenue District, with main stages at The Vaudeville Mews and 4th Street Theater. This year’s festival is beefed up to include 19 local acts anchored by House of Large Sizes, performing publically for the first time in almost four years. The rest of the line-up includes Trouble Lights, The Olympics, Dustin Smith and The Sunday Silos, Land of Blood and Sunshine, Handlebar, The Seed Of Something, Wolves in the Attic, The Wheelers, Twins, H.D. Harmsen and The Electrophones, MR. NASTI, Lesbian Poetry, Kris Adams, Annalibera, Jordan Mayland and The Thermal Detonators, As for You, Is Home Is and Madison Ray and All The Single Ladies. For more information on schedules and ticket info, check out www.desmoinesmc.com.

Can you believe that it’s been 20 years since flood waters devastated Valley Junction? To mark the event, The Historic Valley Junction Foundation is holding its first annual “Rubber Boot Bash,” a concert and fundraiser at the Val Air Ballroom on Saturday, March 23, from 5 – 10 p.m. Live music will start at 5 p.m. with Brother Trucker headlining the show at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, and the event will include a silent auction, raffle and a “pass the boot” fund drive. For more information, go to www.valleyjunction.com.

On Thursday, March 21, Wooly’s brings in the best thing to come from Minneapolis since “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Soul Asylum. The ’90s soft-alt group opens its show at 9 p.m. with Oskaloosa’s Fatal Addiction and Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp and the Shades kicking things off. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at www.woolysdm.com.

Then on Friday, March 22, House of Bricks has Council Bluffs four-piece Rukkus performing at 8 p.m., and $6 at the door gets you in.

Also on March 22, The Underground is home to the Aries Rising CD-release party. That one starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover.


Vaudeville Mews has two shows on tap on Saturday, March 23. In the early slot, Holy White Hounds anchors an all-ages show, along with The New Bodies and band name hall-of-famers, Lake of Fat Kids. That show starts at 6 p.m. and is $5 at the door. It’s your Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week.

In the late spot, What Made Milwaukee Famous returns to town in a show starting at 10 p.m. Why Make Clocks and H.D. Harmsen open. That one’s $10 at the door.

 On Sunday, March 24, Gas Lamp has Madison, Wis.-based Dharmonic Deluxe performing at 8 p.m. That one is $5 at the door, and Why Make Clocks, Vaj of Courage and Spacecamp all open.

Finally, el Bait Shop has shows on back-to-back nights next week. On Tuesday, March 26, Luke Fox performs starting at 8 p.m. Then, on Wednesday, March 27, it’s Dave Zollo at the same time. No cover for either show. Mahalo. CV

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