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Catch rock concerts at an outdoor amphitheater. Headlining acts at the Iowa State Fair, Wells Fargo Arena and Prairie Meadows. Metro Opera and the Des Moines Symphony. The Downtown Des Moines music scene at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village. Indie bands at 80/35 Music Festival. Street acts and dance clubs throughout Court Avenue District. Catch Broadway. Taylor Swift. Kenny Rogers. Ethnic music festivals and Music Under the Stars. Catch a tune in Greater Des Moines.

 

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10-22-2014

Special Events

Greensky Bluegrass

October 22, 2014
  • Location: Wooly's
  • 504 East Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 advance; $17 at door
  • Website

10-23-2014

Brantley Gilbert: Let it Ride Tour

October 23, 2014

Continuing to build on an already stellar year, BRANTLEY GILBERT strikes another career high-mark with the GOLD-certification of JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.). His third studio album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, also scored the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley's latest project has al...

Eric Vloeimans: Oliver's Cinema

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave.
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of concert
  • Phone: 515-279-6452
  • Email

The most famous Dutch trumpet player today, Eric Vloeimans stops at Caspe Terrace during the first U.S. tour of his new trio, and what a treat it will be! The combination of trumpet, accordion and cello is unique and so is the music they perform. The acoustic trio plays film music as well as music with a cinematic quality. The repertoire ranges from Ennio Morricone and Nino Rot...

Jammin' in Johnston

October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Crown Point Community Center
  • 6300 Pioneer Parkway
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Advance; $15 at Door; Child $5; children 12 and under are free
  • Phone: 515-276-9064

Jammin’ in Johnston Come and join us for live music, food, beverages and fun!! Location: Crown Point Center 6300 Pioneer Parkway Johnston, IA 50131 Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 5-8 pm Ticket Cost: $10 in Advance ($15 at door) $5 per child (12 and under) To order tickets contact the Chamber at or stop by the Johnston Hy-Vee Please contact the Chamber at 276-9064 ...

Salisbury House Music Series

October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4024 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. wine reception; 7:30 p.m. performance
  • Admission: $25 Adults, $22.50 Members, $15 Students
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Website

Join us for a musical performance featuring soprano, Leanne Freeman-Miller, and pianist, David Piersel.  Enjoy selections from Broadway and Light Opera. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception.  The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.salisburyhouse.org or by calling (515) 274-1777.

10-24-2014

Fireside Music with Curry Harter & Tom Gary

October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, Tips welcomed
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Goatwhore

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 Fourth Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 advance; $16 at door
  • Website

New Orleans heavy metal band

Mama's Black Sheep @ Ritual Cafe

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Ritual Cafe
  • 1301 Locust St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 at the door
  • Phone: 443-629-3800
  • Email | Website

Nationally touring Baltimore based duo Mama’s Black Sheep makes their first appearance at Ritual Café. For Mama’s Black Sheep, this show is the third night of a five day Midwest Tour. Ritual Café is a cozy coffee shop in the Western Gateway which boasts an excellent selection of vegetarian food and the best cup of Joe in town! Mama’s Black Sheep ...

10-25-2014

Alex and the XO's @ Hull Avenue Tavern

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Hull Avenue Tavern
  • 834 Hull Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 309-830-6259
  • Email | Website

Alex and the XO's are ending their tour from Illinois to the west coast in Des Moines, IA at the Hull Tavern on October 25th. Local support includes Instants, Doctor Murdock, and Love Songs for Lonely Monsters.

Des Moines Symphony's Masterworks 2: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15-$55; Students $7.50-$27.50
  • Phone: 1.800.745.3000
  • Website

On the heels of the release of her Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner Anne Akiko Meyers joins the Orchestra in Vivaldi’s famous and fiery Four Seasons. She has been called a “master violinist” and “passionate performer” and her sound has been described as “a tone so pure that it emerges just a few times in a gen...

Dysart Family Concert

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • 2317 Watrous Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-285-6245
  • Website

The Des Moines Seventh-day Adventist Church would like to invite you to a southern gospel concert by The Dysart Family. Admission is free! A love offering will be collected to support their ministry. After the concert their CDs will be available for purchase. More information about The Dysart Family may be found at www.dysartfamilymusic.com.

Fireside Music with Paul Doffing

October 25, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, Tips welcomed
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Halloween Havoc

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Gas Lamp
  • 1501 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Website

Local bands

Runa in Concert

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
  • 2926 Beaver Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 Advance; $30 at Door
  • Phone: 515-255-3162
  • Website

The singing, step-dancing, string-strumming band Runa performs a Celtic Music Association concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church, 2926 Beaver Ave., in place of a previously scheduled visit from McPeake. $25 in advance, $30 at the door (where McPeake tickets also will be honored). www.thecma.org.

Sister Sara

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

A great recipe takes the right combination of ingredients put together at the right time. Four seasoned musicians have found this secret sauce. Taking the time to do justice to the songs and for them selves. Sister Sara will take you away from the reality of your days and free your burdens to the power of rock and roll. We are four musicians who push the limits of what a four p...

10-26-2014

Des Moines Community Orchestra's Fall Concert

October 26, 2014

Des Moines Community Orchestra's Fall Concert, the theme is the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Concert begins at 2 p.m.; Pre-concert talk begins at 1 p.m. in Harmon Fine Arts Center (next building north of Sheslow Auditorium).  

Des Moines Symphony's Masterworks 2: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15-$55; Students $7.50-$27.50
  • Phone: 1.800.745.3000
  • Website

On the heels of the release of her Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner Anne Akiko Meyers joins the Orchestra in Vivaldi’s famous and fiery Four Seasons. She has been called a “master violinist” and “passionate performer” and her sound has been described as “a tone so pure that it emerges just a few times in a gen...

On-Going Events

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery Every Sunday All Year Long, Rain or Shine

March 30, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 3-6 p.m.
  • Admission: $3/pp or $10 a car load. FREE to Case Club members
  • Website

When the weather is warm the concerts will be held outside, weather permitting. In the winter months concerts are inside.For outside concerts you will want to bring your own chair and picnic basket. Wine and beer are available for purchase. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the Summerset property. All alcohol must be purchased at the winery. Cover charge: $3/pp or $10 a car load...

10-28-2014

Irish Jam

Started October 14, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Tuesday)

2nd Tuesday of each month, come out to Java Joe's for Irish Jam - musicians welcome! For more information:  www.javajoescoffeehouse.com.

10-29-2014

Special Events

PLIES Real Last Forever Tour

October 29, 2014
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Doors 8 p.m.; Show 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 advance; $30 at Door; $40 VIP
  • Website

For more information: www.valairballroom.com.

The Smokers Club Tour: Method Man & Redman

October 29, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • 504 East Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Website

The Smokers Club Tour brings Method Man and Redman to Wooly's Oct. 29 along with B-Real of Cypress Hill, Berner and Mick Jenkins. Tickets are $35. Go to www.woolysdm.com.

10-31-2014

AfterShock is "Brewing" up a Halloween Party at The Brewhouse No.25

October 31, 2014

Halloween costume party and 80's Rock Band

Get Off My Lawn

October 31, 2014
  • Location: The Winterset Stage
  • 405 E. Madison
  • Winterset, IA 50273
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 515-462-5156
  • Email

Get Off My Lawn includes six amazing musicians, five of whom are in the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The music they cover features tight vocal harmonies, hot guitar licks and smokin' keyboards. Get Off My Lawn plays music from The Beatles, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Van Morrison, Spirit, Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, The Band, The D...

Halloween Party & Costume Contest - Throwing Toast Live Band

October 31, 2014
  • Location: Mickey Irish Pub
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Halloween Party and Costume Contest Wear your best costume and show it off for a chance to win! $150 for first Place, $50 for second place and $25 for staff favorite Bring your friends as the person with the most votes wins! Throwing Toast playing from 9pm-1am NO COVER!

Halloween Party at the Hotel Pattee

October 31, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Oct 31 Halloween Party at the Hotel Pattee $25 Join us at the Hotel Pattee for some spooky fun. Appetizers, cash bar, costume contest, live music with Exit 113 and more. 7-11 pm

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