I met Lou Reed once. It was in a hotel bar in San Francisco in the early ’00s. We didn’t say much. I offered to buy him a drink. He politely declined. After a bit, someone else approached Reed as he sat there drinking his whiskey and attempted to engage him in a more intrusive conversation, which Reed clearly wasn’t in the mood for. The interloper said that “Dirty Blvd” was his favorite song. Reed replied that he didn’t care. Reed’s gone now, dead at 71 from liver failure. The once snarling, indignant master of the avant-garde art rock sound that many emulated but none replicated has been reduced to only memories. “I don’t have any fans left,” Reed said after the release of 2011’s disastrous Metallica collaboration “Lulu.” But the rest of the world respectfully disagrees.
The Des Moines Music Coalition has announced the lineup for this year’s Little BIG Fest being held this year on Friday, Nov. 15. The event is split up between Wooly’s, House of Bricks and the Beechwood Lounge, with music kicking off at 5 p.m. This year’s lineup includes Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir, Max Wellman, Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, Doctor Murdock, Old Scratch Revival Singers, Captains of the Flowered Porch, Mumford’s, Diplomats of Solid Sound, Chad Elliott with Bonita Crowe, Jacob County and The Damaged Goods, The Uniphonics, The Soul Rebels, Aquamarine Dream Machine, The Nemo Orchestra, Goodcat, SP3 and Mighty Shady. Tickets for the full event are $20 in advance through www.midwestix.com or $25 day of show. For a full lineup/venue breakdown, check out www.desmoinesmc.com.
On Friday, Nov. 1, Boulder, Colo., electropop duo 3OH!3 plays at Wooly’s in an all-ages show that kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance through www.woolysdm.com or $22 at the door. The Summer Set, Wallpaper and New Beat Fund all open.
Soundnotes Pick o’ the Week: On Saturday, Nov. 2, Texas-based singer/songwriter Kiya Heartwood, along with former 4 Non Blondes bassist Christa Hillhouse, performs at the First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for that show are $15 in advance through www.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door.
Also on Nov. 2, Gas Lamp as Austin, Texas, rock act, Penni. Admission is $10 at the door, and that show starts at 9 p.m.
Val Air Ballroom has U.K. DJ Rusko, performing on Sunday, Nov. 3, along with Roni Saize, Tonn Piper and Dynamite MC. Tickets to the all-ages show run $25 in advance through www.valairballroom.com, and $30 day of show, with a limited number of $40 reserved box seats available. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Finally, two on Tuesday, Nov. 5. First, Stephens Auditorium in Ames welcomes the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets to the all-ages show range from $36-$42 for adults, $15 for those 18 and under, and $20 for all ISU students. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or via the Iowa State Center ticket office. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Then, jazz pianist Lee Shaw performs at Caspe Terrace in Waukee, on Nov. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance (email@example.com) and $30 at the door. Mahalo. CV