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Sound Notes


This weekend is the date for the Des Moines Music Coalition’s “Music University.” The series of music workshops and events will kick off on Friday, Oct. 18 with a screening of the documentary “Approximately Nels Cline,” featuring the titular Wilco guitarist, in advance of his keynote role at the Music University conference. For more information on the screening, or to check out Music University’s full calendar of events, go to, or

Changes are afoot over at The Grapevine. The Clive listening room has earned a reputation for quality shows and quality wine, but the venue’s liquor license expires at the end of October, and owners Bonita and Keith Crowe are decided that for the rest of the month The Grapevine is going BYOB. Attendees have always been able to bring their own snacks to shows, and now can bring their own soda, water or alcohol as well. In addition, The Grapevine is raising its ticket prices from $10 per person to $15 in order to cover some of its overhead costs. The Grapevine’s remaining October shows are Max Wellman on Oct. 19, Decoy on Oct. 20, The Honey Dewdrops on Oct. 25 and Matt Woods on Oct. 26. All shows start at 7 p.m., and admission is by RSVP only. Contact Bonita at to book your seat.

House of Bricks kicks things off on Thursday, Oct. 18 with The Dark Royals performing along with Spacecamp, starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $8.

On Friday, Oct. 18, The Hull Avenue Tavern has Des Moines five-piece The Hellions performing at 9 p.m. No cover.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, The Venue has St. Louis, Mo.-rap guy, Chingy. Scourge of copy editors everywhere with tracks like “Right Thurr” and “Holidae In,” Chingy takes to The Venue stage at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will run you $20 for general admission or $25 for VIP seating with bottle service and are available at


Also on Oct. 19, Wooly’s presents Greensky Bluegrass performing along with the California Honeydrops. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15 available at the door and through The show is open to folks 16 and older.

Finally on Oct. 19, the Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week: The Des Moines Symphony performs “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Scottish Fantasy,” featuring Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $15 to $55, available at the Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, Vaudeville Mews has Portland act The Bugs performing along with Satellite State, Person Whale and Fred Allen. Doors for that all-ages event open at 5 p.m., and admission will run you $5.

Also on Oct. 20, el Bait shop has The Lowdown starting at 8 p.m. There’s no cover.

Then on Tuesday, Oct. 22, Wooly’s presents Taking Back Sunday in an all-ages show that kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets run $27 and are available through or at the door. Polar Bear Club and Transit both open.

Finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar has Nashville’s Dean Madonia performing from 8-11 p.m. No cover. Mahalo. CV

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