We are knee deep in festival season here in the capital city. 80/35 just put a bow on its sixth installment, and now we’re just two weeks away from Rock Cornstalk, taking place at Blank Park Zoo Field. Line-up includes Adam Gontier, Thousand Foot Krutch, (HED)PE, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Ventana, Nonpoint and Barrelbright, along with locals Blacked Out World, Mars on Fire, Apathy Syndrome, 20 Food Forehead, Kick, Black Star Alliance, September, Nest of Snakes, Viva Montesa, Agony of Defeat, Saul Suite Little Sister, The Austin Taft Soundtrack and Templeton Fade. Tickets will run you $35 between now and July 20, $40 until July 26 and $50 day of show. Purchase yours online at www.tikly.co, or in person at the Underground Rock Shop, 617 Euclid, or Jay’s CD and Hobby on S.E. 14th.
Check out Wayland at Krazee Kafe on Thursday, June 11, starting at 7 p.m. The show is open to everyone 18 and older, with 18-20 year olds paying $7 to get in and the 21 and up crowd getting in for $5.
Also on June 11, Valley Junction has Malcom Wells and the Two Timers playing Music in the Junction. That starts at 5:30 p.m. and is both free and all-ages.
On Friday, July 12, the Belin Quartet is playing a free show on the Downtown Library lawn starting at 12:15 p.m. Selections will include Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet 2” and Shostakovich “No. 7.”
Also on July 12, The Snacks kick it down at The Standard, starting at 9 p.m. No cover.
Then, on Saturday, July 13, Gas Lamp welcomes in Ruf’s Blues Caravan playing, well, blues. The music is slated to start at 9 p.m. and admission will run you $10.
Or head out to West Des Moines on July 13 and check out Andy Paczak, Chris Hatfield and Tony Bohnenkamp at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
Also on July 13, Hessen Haus has your polka needs covered, thanks to Barry Boyce. It’s a 6 p.m. start with no cover.
On Sunday, July 14, head down to Indianola and check out Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets, playing down at Summerset Winery. Fun starts at 3 p.m., and you can get in for $3 a head or $10 per car load. As you might expect, there will be wine to purchase by the bottle (or presumably Magnum, if you’re so inclined. Probably not by the Melchizedek, though, so don’t ask).
Vaudeville Mews has Americana by the bucketful for you on Monday, July 15, in the form of North Carolina’s Malcolm Holcombe. That one starts at 10 p.m. and runs $8 at the door. The Smoking Flowers open.
Andy Fleming plays at el Bait Shop on Tuesday, July 16, starting at 9 p.m. No cover.
And finally, on Wednesday, July 17, Wooly’s welcomes Chicago’s favorite alt pop five-piece, the Plain White T’s. The all-ages event kicks off at 8 p.m. with The Wind and the Wave and Andrew Ripp both opening. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show and available online at www.woolysdm.com. Mahalo. CV