Vaudeville Mews will be home to the inaugural “Shoot the Chutes,” presented by PBR. Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, the event will feature 13 bands on two stages, as acts occupy the stage inside Mews as well as the outdoor stage at the PBR bar between Mews and Royal Mile. Bands announced so far include Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Torches, Prissy Clerks, Annalibera, Quick Piss, TWINS, MAIDS and MaryBeth Doran. Advance tickets will run $15 for an all-day pass (21+ only) or $8 for the early shows. Tickets go for $20 and $12 day of show, respectively. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://shootthechutes.com.
On Thursday, July 25, Final Mix plays Music at the Junction in Valley Junction starting at 5:30 p.m. As always, that show is all ages and free.
Also on July 25, the Hull Ave Tavern has Abolishment of Flesh, performing along with Fields of Elysium and Despise the Sun. The music kicks off at 7 p.m., and there’s no cover.
Then, on Friday, July 26, the Val Air Ballroom is happy to play host to rock legend/famous right-wing crazy person Ted Nugent. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30 in advance, $32 day of show, with a limited number of reserved box seats available for $70. For more information and to purchase tickets, hit up www.valairballroom.com. Laura Wilde also performs.
Also on July 26, House of Bricks hosts the CD-release show for South Africa-based Marcato. Helping kick the show off is Des Moines’ very own Cirrus Minor along with Kansas City’s Sidewise, the Twin Cities’ Earthrise and the return to the stage of Des Moines’ September. Music commences at 8 p.m., and the show is $6 at the door.
Finally on July 26, Gas Lamp has Humbled Soul performing at 9 p.m. That one will run you $5 at the door.
On Saturday, July 27, Boomerang performs at Dale Valley Vineyard in Stuart, starting at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, and there’s wine and beer to buy.
Then on Sunday, July 28, Java Joes has the Johnson Station Jazz Band performing at 2 p.m. That show is all-ages, and there’s no cover.
Also on July 29 is the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: Wooly’s plays host to the SlutWalk! Des Moines post-walk show. Helping to raise money for a good cause this year will be Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies, playing along with Peace, Love and Stuff and Hath No Fury. The show is all-ages and there’s no cover, but donations are being accepted.
Finally, on Wednesday, July 31, Standing Hampton plays at the Blank Park Zoo’s weekly “Zoo Brew.” This week’s theme is “Iowa Brew Night” and will feature beers from Confluence Brewery, Rock Bottom, Olde Main Brewing Co., Exile Brewing Co., Raccoon River Brewing Company, Great River Brewery, Okoboji Brewing Company and Backpocket Brewery. Admission is free with your zoo membership or $11 for the plebes. Doors open at 5:30. Mahalo. CV