This week is another good one for Central Iowa concerts. From rap to rock and folk to electro-pop, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. Here is a look at the rest of the week in music.
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, alternative hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline a show at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines that also features performances by rappers Talib Kweli and BIG K.R.I.T. Macklemore and Lewis launched themselves onto the national music scene when their single “Thrift Shop” amassed more than 350 million views on YouTube and went sextuple-platinum despite the duo’s lack of major label support. Tickets for the show range from $34.50 to $45, and they can be purchased at the Wells Fargo box office or through Dahl’s Tickets.
Another interesting Wednesday night concert takes place at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines at 8 p.m. Austin, Texas indie folk act Wild Child headline a show that also features a performance by Iowa product Ryne Doughty. Wild Child’s new album The Runaround debuted on October 8. Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. This is a 21-and-over event. Check out the band’s sound in the nearby video.
On Halloween night, Vaudeville Mews will host a doubleheader of events. Thursday night kicks off with a performance by NYC rockers Man on Earth and Des Moines-based opener No Good Deed. The show is open to all ages and is only $5. Then round out your Halloween night with The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow at 10 p.m. The sideshow features music, a freak show, dancing, sword swallowing, aerial performances, burlesque, and more. The late show is 21-and-over, and there is a $10 cover at the door.
Friday, November 1 offers up two great shows. Wooly’s in Des Moines will host international electro-pop sensation 3OH!3 with openers The Summer Set, Wallpaper, and New Beat Fund at 7 p.m. The duo’s last three albums have gone Top 5 on the Dance chart, and they have seen singles go gold, platinum, or multi-platinum in five different countries. 3OH!3’s solo recordings and collaborations with the likes of Kesha, Katy Perry, and Lil Jon have charted in as many as 10 different countries. Tickets for the all ages concert are $20 in advance and $22 the day of the show.
At 8 p.m. Friday, Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines hosts guitar legend Steve Vai. A 3-time Grammy-winner, Vai has been a part of more than 60 albums during a career that spans 16 solo albums and work with Whitesnake, Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, Frank Zappa, and David Lee Roth. Tickets for the concert start at $27.
Saturday night is headlined by three interesting shows. At 8 p.m., international music industry legend Engelbert Humperdinck will take the stage at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Humperdinck, born Arnold George Dorsey, has sold over 150 million records, been nominated for four Grammy Awards, won a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year”, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Humperdinck has also amassed a whopping 63 gold and 24 platinum records during his 40-plus years in music. Tickets for the concert are $34 to $69. You must be at least 21 to enter Prairie Meadows.
At 9 p.m., Wooly’s will host bluegrass/roots mainstays Cornmeal. The jam band vets are regulars at festivals like Bonnaroo, Telluride, Wakarusa, and Summer Camp. Opening for Cornmeal will be Des Moines newgrass band Mr. Baber’s Neighbors. Tickets for this 21-and-over show are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
Also at 9 p.m., Vaudeville Mews has former Iowa City (now calling Minneapolis home) dance/rock/funk band Dead Larry with Des Moines’ groove rockers Mighty Shady and Newton indie rockers The Nemo Orchestra. There will be a $10 cover for this 21-and-over show.