The Iowa State University Symphony is performing a world music exhibition this week as a part of its Youth Matinee Series. Taking place on Friday, Sept. 27 at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, the concert will feature pieces from China, France, Armenia, Mexico and the United States and will be followed by a meet-and-greet and a chance for students to see instruments up close in the “instrument petting zoo.” The event begins at 10 a.m. with tickets running $4 in advance (www.center.iastate.edu/education) or $5 at the door.
The Civic Music Association opens its 2013-14 season this week with a performance by the Grammy-nominated Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. The show takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., with a talk immediately beforehand at 6:45 p.m. Tickets to the show range from $20- 48 and are available through www.midwestix.com or through the Civic Music Association office at 280-4020.
Kudos is in order for local rockers Decoy, which has found itself among the 10 finalists in the 2013 Rawkzilla American Battle of the Bands. Now it’s on to the finals and the chance to play for cash and studio time.
Station manager Ron Sorenson has announced new jazz programming for KMFG, starting on Sunday, Sept. 29. Hosting the show will be long-time Iowa jazz champion Abe Goldstien, who has already been heard on the station’s Sunday programming with his “Straight No Chaser” and “Jazz Gumbo” shows. The new program, called “Listen Here,” will air on the last Sunday of every month from 7-9 p.m. and will feature area up-and-coming high school and collegiate jazz musicians. Fans in Des Moines can tune in at 99.1 FM, and people everywhere can listen at www.kfmg991.org.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, DG’s Taphouse in Ames has The Meat Puppets as part of the Maximum Ames Music Festival. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets can be had for $8.
Then on Friday, Sept. 27, we go back to DG’s for the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week as Iowa music legends Greg Brown and Bo Ramsey perform at 8 p.m. That one’s $27 to get in.
Also on Sept. 27, Vaudeville Mews welcomes John Wayne and The Pain to town for a show starting at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, House of Bricks has Peace, Love and Stuff, playing along with Lipstick Homicide and Sinister Sons. That all-ages show starts at 5 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. If I could make this a second Pick o’ the Week I would, but that’s how anarchy starts.
Sunday, Sept. 29, Mews has Seattle rock stalwarts, The Supersuckers, performing with Hellbound Glory and Squidboy with an 8 p.m. start time and $15 at the door.
Finally, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Wooly’s plays host to Ben Rector along with Tyrone Wells in an all-ages show that starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be had through www.woolysdm.com and are $18. Mahalo. CV