The Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) has announced the date and speaker lineup for its “Music University” event this fall. The event will be held on Oct. 19 at the Harmon Fine Arts Center of Drake University from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guest speakers include (among others) Imagine Dragons producer and Envy Corps guitarist Brandon Darner; songwriter/musician Dick Prall; Sub Pop Records publicist Joan Hiller; House of Large Sizes front man Dave Diebler; Pavement glue-man Bob Nastanovich; freelance music writer Marc Hogan; Wooly’s owner Sam Summers; and Nate Logsdon, director of the Maximum Ames Music Festival and Mumfords’ front man, along with the keynote speaker Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event, with a student rate of $15 advance and $20 day of. For more information or to register online, check out www.desmoinesmc.com.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, The Hull Ave Tavern has Rumble Seat Riot and Handlebar, starting at 9 p.m. There’s no cover, the beer is cheap and the music is good. Get there.
Then on Friday, Aug. 23, Brother Trucker plays a show at Gray’s Lake, starting at 5:30 p.m. That one is free to attend, and there will be wine and beer available for purchase.
Also on Aug. 23 is the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: Nashville-based Celtic act Gaelic Storm takes over the Court Avenue Bridge starting at 3 p.m. in a rollicking outdoor event that includes local acts Kelly’s Clan, Midnight Reruns, North of Grand, The Real Action, No Good Deed and DJ Cosmo. The event is all-ages, and admission is $20 in advance (available through www.midwestix.com) or $25 at the gate.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, Vaudeville Mews hosts “Shoot the Chutes,” featuring eight bands playing both the Mews stage and the outdoor PBR Stage. Bands include Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Maps and Atlases, The Melismatics, Torches, Sleepy Kitty, Prissy Clerks, Har-Di-Har and M34N STR33T. Admission is $20, and the event is all-ages.
Also on Aug. 24, Wooly’s has Dead Horse Trauma, performing along with Blue Felix, Screaming For Silence, Parasite, The Curse of Hail and Murder Earth. Showtime for that one is 5 p.m., and tickets are just $8 in advance at www.woolysdm.com or $10 at the door. That one is all-ages as well.
Then on Sunday, Aug. 25, Java Joes has the Johnson Station Jazz Band performing at 2 p.m. in the Fourth Avenue Theater. That show is both free and all-ages.
Also on Aug. 25, Krazee Kafe has Great White (yeah, that Great White) in a show that kicks off at 1 p.m.; $16 gets you in the door, and the show is open to anyone 18 and older. Bridges Burnt, Cirrus Minor, Hollowpoint, Bombardier, Black Star Alliance, Hangover and Calling Out Karma all open.
Matisyahu comes back to Wooly’s on Monday, Aug. 26. Tickets for that one are $25, and the show gets started at 8 p.m. All ages.
Finally, Nitefall on the River brings in one-and-a-half hit wonders Hanson on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Tickets are $26 through www.ticketfly.com, and the show is all-ages. Mmm-bop. Mmmahalo. CV