The Synergy Jazz Foundation has announced its lineup for this season, which begins on Friday, Oct. 18 with the season kick-off party featuring the Synergy Jazz Youth and drummer Matt Wilson. Then the series commences on Saturday, Oct. 19 with Wilson performing with saxophonist Chris Merz and bassist Karl McComas-Reichl. Other dates include pianist Dan Haerle on Nov. 16, guitarist Corey Christiansen on Feb. 1, trumpeter Pat Harbison on Feb. 22 and songwriter Ariel Alexander on March 29. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Drake University’s Turner Jazz Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out www.synergyjazz.org.
In honor of its 30th anniversary, Red House Records is releasing a reissue of Greg Brown’s classic “The Iowa Waltz.” The Iowa folk legend’s seminal album was the first-ever release for the label, which is honoring the milestone with newly remastered CD and LP formats. The album is scheduled for release on Oct. 22.
Local act Gloom Balloon — comprised of Christopher “The Conquered” Ford and Patrick Tape Fleming — has released its first single and is currently getting some press from the folks at Spin magazine. For as confounding as the act’s live shows can be, “She Was the One That Got Away” is actually a solid piece of work, assuming you’re into CTC and PTF to begin with. Check it out for yourself at www.spin.com/articles/gloom-balloon-she-was-the-one-that-got-away-stream.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, Wooly’s brings in Senses Fail, playing along with For The Fallen, Dreams, Expire and Being as an Ocean. The all-ages show kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and tickets run $14 in advance through www.woolysdm.com and $17 day of show.
Then on Friday, Oct. 11, Gas Lamp has Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys. That one is $10 at the door, and the music starts at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Val Air Ballroom brings Tech N9ne back to town as part of his “Something Else” tour. The all-ages show will get started at 7:30 p.m. and will also feature Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Stevie Stone, Prozak and Ces Cru. Tickets are $27 in advance through www.valairballroom.com or $32 day of show. There are also a limited number of $67 reserved seats available.
Also on Oct. 12 is the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: House of Bricks has Antique Fog Cafe playing along with Stutterin’ Jimmy, Jean Marie Salem and Eli Gardner. That one is just $5 to get in, and the show kicks off at 9 p.m. If you have never seen Stutterin’ Jimmy… go see Stutterin’ Jimmy.
Wooly’s has Motion City Soundtrack playing on Monday, Oct. 14 starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance or $22 day of show. Bayside, What’s Eating Gilbert and State Champs also perform.
Finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Chicago metal heads SoiL come to town to help break in The Warehouse, along with Dope and locals September, As For You and Agony of Defeat. That one is all-ages and kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets can be had for $15 in advance through www.ticketfly.com or for $20 at the door. Mahalo. CV