Once again, 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 fairgrounds is a huge entertainment venue. Free stage concerts include Maddie Pope on Aug. 8, Broadway’s Rock of Ages band on Aug. 11, Jamestown Revival on Aug. 13 and Steven Adler (formerly of Guns N’ Roses) on Aug. 14.
The Central Iowa Blues Society salutes Chicago blues legends at a concert at Lefty’s Live Music on Aug. 31. Performers include John Primer, Joanna Connor and Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials. Tickets cost $30.
Ingersoll Live takes place on Ingersoll Avenue on Aug. 24. Three bands perform free concerts on the street. Listen to Ramona and the Sometimes, The Cardinal Sound and Damon Dotson Band.
High South — a band from Nashville that plays Tom Petty, Eagles and original songs, performs a limited Iowa gig at Jasper Winery, benefiting a fundraiser for Mary’s Meals on Aug. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and patrons are encouraged to make a freewill donation to Mary’s Meals.
Grammy-award winning Indigo Girls bring their concert to Hoyt Sherman Place on Nov. 13. Tickets cost from $44.50-$75, available at the box office or Ticketmaster. ♦