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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


Hearts are heavy in Iowa this week, as thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and loved ones of Brad Engeldinger who died in a car accident over the weekend. A consummate drummer, Engeldinger had played with the likes of High and Lonesome, David Zollo, The Pines and Brother Trucker. Engeldinger leaves behind a wife and two children, as well as a wealth of friends and fans.               

“Brad played with such honest joy and passion,” read a post on Brother Trucker’s Facebook page Sunday evening. “It is something all musicians should aspire to achieve.”

Indeed, all people.                

The Des Moines Social Club Theater Company is presenting its first ever musical production, “The Last Five Years,” by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown from Feb. 7-17. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Admission is $20 for the evening shows and $14 for Sunday and are available in advance via Or you can try your luck on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and get your tickets at the door for whatever amount you roll on a pair of dice. For more information, check out                

The Downtown Community Alliance kicks off its “Lunch Unplugged” concert series at the Temple Theater on Thursday, Feb. 7 with The Nadas. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be bundled with a boxed lunch from South Union Bread Café for an additional $8. Find the entire lineup at information, go to                

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LAZERfest has announced its lineup for the coming summer, with this year’s festival being headlined by Alice in Chains. Other acts include Papa Roach, Sick Puppies, Halestorm and All That Remains. For full lineup and ticket information, check out                

The International Blues Challenge takes place in Memphis, Tenn., from Jan. 29 – Feb. 2. Des Moines will be represented by the Rock Island Rollers, and the group will be traveling in style, thanks to a minivan donated courtesy of Dewey Ford. Good luck, gentleman.                

It’s time for singer/songwriter night at House of Bricks on Thursday, Jan. 31. This month’s performers are Andy Fleming, Aaron Winters, Luke Dickens and Jason Sallee. The night kicks off at 8 p.m., and admission is free.                

Also on Jan. 31, Vaudeville Mews has some metal for you in the form of Tyler, Texas-based Fit For a King, playing along with The Overseer, The Widow and Apathy Syndrome. That all-ages show starts at 5:30 p.m. and is $10 at the door.                

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: On Friday, Feb. 1, Gas Lamp has Des Munks performing its first show at 9 p.m. The jam band features local music vets George McCutchen, Spencer Brown and AJ Simon, and admission is $5 at the door.                

Then on Saturday, Feb. 2, Wooly’s has The Nadas, performing with Luke Fox. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance through Ticketfly, or $20 at the door. Mahalo. CV

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