Last month CITYVIEW featured free or inexpensive concerts and outdoor festivals. Summer’s not over yet, so here it is – round 2 of our outdoor music entertainment guide.
August is here, and that means it’s Iowa State Fair time! With 10 days of free concerts (all with the price of admission, of course) on various stages, bars and tents, the fairground is one big party entertainment venue you won’t want to miss. Read more about the fair offerings in this issue of CITYVIEW.
The west is where it’s at on Sundays. At Wellmans Pub and Rooftop in West Glen, they start their Summer Grotto concerts, beginning at 4 p.m. On Aug. 9, listen to Dueling Pianos and on Aug. 26, Damon Dotson. Taco Hangover at 265 50th St. in West Des Moines features outdoor music as well. On Aug. 26, enjoy Joshua Sinclair from 4-7 p.m. Don’t forget Live at the Creek at Jordan Creek Town Center also on Sunday nights. On Aug. 26, Gimikk performs at 5 p.m.
Ingersoll Live’s street celebration takes place on — you guessed it — Ingersoll Avenue on Aug. 25. The venues hosts six bands on two stages. At the East stage, starting at 5:30 p.m., the Dick Danger Band, followed by Guilty Pleasures at 7:30 p.m. and Faculty Lounge at 9:30 p.m.
A summer staple in Iowa is celebrated at the Adel Sweet Corn Festival on Aug. 11. In its 39th year, you can munch on sweet corn and get your free music fix. Starting at 11:30 a.m., CTRL-C performs; at 6 p.m., the Chautauqua Road band plays.
Jasper Winery hosts a fundraiser for Mary’s Meals on Aug. 30 from 6:30-9:30. High South — a cover band featuring the sounds of the Eagles, Tom Petty and more — plays their limited gig in Iowa. Admission is free, and patrons are encouraged to make a freewill donation to Mary’s Meals.
Exile Brewing offers up Sunday tunes at its summer patio series from 4-7 p.m. On Aug. 12, listen to Spencer Brown, and on Aug. 19, Michael Hope performs.
Big Al’s BBQ on 1810 Army Post Road offers up classic country music with Jesse and the Medicine Men on Aug. 17, starting at 7 p.m.
Labor Day doesn’t mean it’s the end of outdoor music for several venues. Summerset Winery offers up the The Sons of Gladys Kravitz on Sept. 2 and the Tony Valdez Duo on Sept. 16. And Music in the Junction at Valley Junction on Thursday nights goes until the end of September. On Aug. 30, hear Jimmy the Weasel and Sept. 6 is Final Mix.
More Sound News… Basement Tapes
Kristian Day debuted his Iowa Basement Tapes radio show on KFMG 98.9 FM on Thursdays starting in July from 9-10 p.m. During the show, he features punk, rock ’n’ roll, and metal music recorded by Iowans, but not “local” music.
“I hate the word ‘local’ music because it sounds watered down,” he says. “What the show is includes all Iowa-based bands from 20-30 years ago, as well as some current music.”
He started the show because the music scene has changed from more than 30 years ago, and his massive collection of tapes, albums and CDs is overflowing.
“It used to be like the Wild West with the alternative side of music. Iowa has a great rich history in music,” he says. “Today, sometimes there’s nothing left but the recording.”
In addition to chatting with musicians, he’ll bring on audio engineers, music writers and offer live performances. If you miss the recording, listen to a podcast instead. Shows are archived on iTunes and Google Play shortly after the live show airs. Check out KFMG for more details. ♦