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Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week


The Iowa State Fair and Nightfall on the River line-ups have been announced for the coming summer. Nitefall on the River at Simon Estes Amphitheater will host Hairball on May 25, Dark Star Orchestra on July 3, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on June 5, The Nadas on June 8, Here Come the Mummies on June 14, Brandi Carlile on July 7, Slightly Stoopid and Atmosphere on Aug. 4 and Hanson on Aug. 28. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. More acts will be announced soon.

The Iowa State Fair grandstand lineup is the usual mixed bag. The fair will kick things off on Thursday, Aug. 8 with Casting Crowns and special guest Jeremy Camp at 8 p.m. The rest of the lineup includes The Happy Together Tour 2013 starring The Turtles and featuring Flo and Eddie, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Chuck Negron, Mark Lindsay and Gary Lewis; a “Saturday Night Live” reunion comedy act by Dana Carvey, Dennis Miller and Kevin Nealon; Dierks Bentley with special guest Justin Moore; Victoria Justice with special guest Pentatonix; Toby Keith with special guest Kip Moore, and Train with special guest Matt Nathanson. Then the final two nights are headlined by Carly Rae Jepsen along with The Wanted on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Alan Jackson and Gary Allen on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Sound Notes Pick o’ The Week: On Thursday, April 18, Richard Arndt teams up with local comedy legend The Roundguy in a benefit for Endure Iowa. The gig starts at 6:30 p.m., and your good-cause admission is $10.

Also on April 18, Gas Lamp has Joe Goodkin of Paper Arrows playing an acoustic set starting at 7 p.m. Admission is just $3 at the door. Dustin Smith also performs.

On Friday, April 19, Vaudeville Mews has a couple of shows on tap for you. In the early spot is Dhobi Flats playing along with The Beaches and a couple of Great Band Name Hall of Fame finalists in Stillborn Mammoth and Quick Piss. That show kicks off at 5:45 p.m. and is $5 at the door. Then in the evening, check out “Rex Manning Day: an Ode to the ’90s”, featuring Jordan Maryland, Kevin the Robot, Phillip Young, Derek Lambert, Is Home Is and the darling of last week’s Gross Domestic Product festival, Annalibera. That show is 21-and up and starts at 10 p.m. and is $5 at the door.

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On Saturday, April 20, you would be a fool to go anywhere other than Wooly’s. Starting in the early slot is the event of the spring: Dead Horse Trauma’s CD-release party for “Vi-Ops.” The party starts at 5 p.m., and tickets are $7 in advance through or $10 the day of show. Nuisance, Cirrus Minor and Pinwheel also play, and the first 25 people through the door get a free copy of “Vi-Ops.”

Then in the evening, Wooly’s plays host to Euforquestra for its 10th anniversary celebration. The Colorado-based jam band traces its origins back here to the capital city, and it’s performing that night at 10 p.m. along with the Blue Martian Tribe. Tickets are $10 in advance (also at or $15 day of the show.

Finally, on Tuesday, April 23, Ryne Doughty performs a set down at el Bait Shop, starting at 8 p.m. No cover. Mahalo. CV

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