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Maximum Ames Records has announced the lineup for this year’s Maximum Ames Music Fest, taking place Sept. 26-29. Headliners for the event include seminal English rockers The Zombies, alt-punk groundbreakers The Meat Puppets, Murder By Death, The Hood Internet and Iowa music legends Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey. For more information on show times, ticket info and the full 130-band lineup, head over to

We’ll kick things off this week at Krazee Kafe, where “America’s Got Talent” sensation American Hitmen perform on Thursday, July 18. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is open to everyone 18-plus. Hollowpoint and Royal Bliss also perform. Tickets are $10 in advance (available at Krazee Kafe or by contacting Sommer Sharon at or $15 day of show. Military vets can get in for $5 at the door with their ID.

Also on July 18, Vaudeville Mews has Minneapolis folk songwriter Jenny Dalton performing at 9 p.m. Local acts Why Make Clocks and Ira Grace and The Bible Belt Prophets open. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: Wooly’s is the place to be on Friday, July 19, for the Brad Engeldinger Memorial Concert and Fundraiser. Paying tribute to the great drummer will be Dave Zollo and The Body Electric, Brother Trucker and Fancy Pants. Show starts at 8 p.m. and is all-ages. Tickets will run you $20 and will help ease some of the financial strain on Engeldinger’s family. Good music. Good karma. Bring everyone you know.

Also on 7/19, Viva Montesa plays a show at House of Bricks alongside The Maw and Handlebar. The House starts rocking at 9:30 p.m., and admission is just $7.

On Saturday, July 20, Mars Café brings in Nashville-based folk duo You Knew Me When, as a part of the Café’s Sound Rover series. Music starts at 7 p.m. with no cover.

Also on July 20, Ritual Café has the best thing out of Paris since “Everyone Says I Love You,” pop-rock duo, A.S. That one also kicks off at 7 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Additionally, while it’s not exactly music, former 105.1 DJ and “Iowa Unsigned” host Benny Black returns to Des Moines with a show of standup comedy on July 20, down at the Stoner Theater. Go to for ticket info.

Then on Sunday, July 21, Max Wellman performs at the Johnston Commons at 7 p.m. That show is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, July 23, Huey Helicopter performs down at Java Joes. That one kicks off at 7 p.m. and is all-ages. Get in for $5.

Also on July 23, el Bait Shop has a great night of free music lined up, as Brother Trucker, Ryne Doughty and Fruition all perform. Music kicks off at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover.

On Wednesday, July 24, Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar has Dave Hawke playing from 8-11 p.m. No cover.

Finally, also on Wednesday, July 24, Gas Lamp has Ryne Doughty and The River Rats performing at 9 p.m. Five dollars at the door. Mahalo. CV

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