The Des Moines Symphony has announced 25-year-old Jared McCarty from Bussey as the winner of this year’s “Oh Say Can You Sing?” competition. McCarty will perform the National Anthem with the Des Moines Symphony at the 20th annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on July 3 at the Iowa State Capitol. Congratulations to him.
Kicking things off this week, Plain Talk Books and Coffee has local country singer/songwriter Michael Allan with an all-ages show. Allen is promoting his new CD, “Home,” performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. No cover.
Also on June 27, House of Bricks has its monthly songwriter night, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
On Friday, June 28, the Belin Quartet performs at the Des Moines Arts Festival’s Jazz and Wine Pavilion. The show kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and is free.
Also on June 28, onetime Des Moines resident and golden-voiced singer/songwriter Roxi Copland comes back to town for a set at the Cosmopolitan Lounge. The music runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m., and there’s no cover.
One last note for June 28, Untapped Market performs at the Underground Rock Shop at 617 Euclid Ave. Music begins at 7 p.m., and there’s no cover.
Then on Saturday, June 29, Vaudeville Mews has more local hip hop than you can shake a stick at starting at 5:30 p.m. The all-ages, early show features The Jackboys with The 400 Boys, Yung Drunk Stains, Chino G., Swagg Team, Randy Pipeman Duncan and Ray da Don all opening for a $7 cover charge at the door.
Also on June 29, The GrapeVine has James Biehn. The show starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $10. The event is RSVP only, so if you’re interested, contact Bonita Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally on June 29, Wooly’s plays host to the Fatal Addiction CD-release show. The 16+ event kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with Cirrus Minor, IVA, Twenty 2 Salute and Shatter all opening. Tickets are $7 in advance through www.woolysdm.com or $10 at the door.
On Sunday, June 30, el Bait Shop has Joe and Vicki Price. Show starts at 8 p.m., and there’s no cover.
Also on June 30, is your Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: Gas Lamp features the return of Hath No Fury playing along with Madam Jules and Peace, Love and Stuff. That one kicks off at 8 p.m. and is $7 at the door.
Tuesday, July 2, has Jason Charles Miller at House of Bricks, along with the Wild Eyed Southern Boys. The show is all-ages, with music slated to start at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
Finally, two notes for Wednesday, July 3. First, Nitefall on the River has Dark Star Orchestra performing at Simon Estes Amphitheater at 6 p.m. The event is all ages, and ticket information can be found at www.nitefalldsm.com.
Then, Gas Lamp has Atlanta-based blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis performing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance through www.bigreddogmusic.com. Mahalo. CV