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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


Pianist Raymond Songayllo has retired from the Des Moines Civic Center’s Symphony Academy faculty. Since joining the Symphony Academy 10 years ago, Songayllo has taught private piano and composition lessons, courses in theory and ear training and coached student chamber music ensembles.

The Val Air Ballroom has events lined up all weekend for the Drake Relays. Featuring hip hop on Friday, a DJ-fueled red carpet event on Saturday and a car and truck show on Sunday — plenty to see and do. For more information or to grab tickets, check out

On Friday, April 26, The DMACC Ankeny Choral Concert takes place on the Ankeny campus. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and takes place in the Building 6 Auditorium. Musical groups performing include the Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with a reception to be held after. The concert is free and open to the public, with refreshments to be served at the reception.

Also on April 26, Gas Lamp has the North of Grand 10th Anniversary show at 9 p.m. Cover is $7 at the door. The Magnolias also perform, and it’s the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week.

Then on Saturday, April 27, Vaudeville Mews hosts the second annual “Playing Our Part: Earth Month Benefit.” The all-ages show includes a silent auction, snacks and live music courtesy of Cause for Concern, Crystal City, The Getaway Scene and Stone Mills. Admission to the all-ages event is $10, and money raised will go toward the Audubon Society’s Mississippi River Initiative. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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Then in the late slot, Mews has H.D. Harmsen and The Electrophones performing along with Gloom Balloon and Derek Lambert. That show starts at 10 p.m. and is $5 at the door.

Also on April 27, Wooly’s is home to the Dead Larry CD-release show. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. and also features Mighty Shady and Useful Jenkins. Admission is $10.

Then on Sunday, April 28, head back down to Gas Lamp and check out the best thing to come out of San Jose since “The Doris Day Show,” Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. Castro — who took home four big awards from the 2010 Blues Music Awards, including Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award — plays a show that starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

On Tuesday, April 30, head on up to the The Hull Avenue Tavern and catch Johnny Outlaw performing at 9 p.m. There’s no cover.

Finally, on Wednesday, May 1, Hoyt Sherman Place is happy to welcome Canadian balladeer Gordon Lightfoot. Writer of legendary ballads like “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Lightfoot performs at 8 p.m. with tickets priced at $49 and $64. Tickets are available at the Hoyt Sherman box office or through Mahalo. CV

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