Good news: Euforquestra still loves Iowa!

It’s been a good couple weeks for Iowa fans of Euforquestra. The band announced the initial line-up for Camp Euforia which takes place July 11-12 in Lone Tree, IA and will include Keller Williams, The Motet, Head for the Hills and many others (including 2 sets from Euforquestra). More details about Camp Euforia can be found at

The band will also be in Des Moines at Wooly’s on Friday night the 11th. Show starts at 8PM and New Sound Underground will be opening up. Tix are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

It’s clear that they still love Iowa, so let’s show them some love too.

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Saturday In The Park Line-Up Revealed

sitp_logo_layers_words                                                                         The annual FREE show in Sioux City, IA Saturday In The Park is taking place July 5th, and this year features a pretty stellar line-up. Acts announced so far include: Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley and The Wild Feathers.  More acts to be announced soon.

Des Moines festival 80/35 will be taking place the same weekend, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to see how the line-ups compare.

Tickets for Saturday In The Park are…..oh yeah, FREE. All you have to do is show up.

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Initial Nitefall on the River Line-up Announced

1743751_668134206566053_1207198587_nAnother sign that summer is coming…..the fine folks at Nitefall on the River have just released the initial line-up of shows set to take place at Simon Estes Amphitheater for the 2014 season. 

5.24: Blue October

5.29: Hairball

6.6: The Nadas


7.29: Fitz & The Tantrums

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday at 10AM at Many more shows to be announced soon, so stay tuned.

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Black Joe Lewis in Des Moines TONIGHT!

Soul/punk/bluesman Black Joe Lewis brings his high energy show to Vaudeville Mews tonight! Hailing from a hotbed of different music cultures in Austin, TX, Lewis has seemingly soaked it all in yet created a sound all his own with distorted blues riffs, soul melodies, and a lot of booty shakin’.

Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets $15 available at the door. 

Here’s his recent performance on KEXP:

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Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss to play Stir Cove in July

downloadCountry legend Willie Nelson is teaming up with fellow country/bluegrasser Alison Krauss and her band Union Station for a 35 date co-headlining tour this summer, and they’ll be making a stop in Council Bluffs at Stir Cove on July 11th.

This will mark the first time the two groups have shared the stage, and they’ll be supported by some excellent up-and-comers in the Americana genre, including Jason Isbell at the Council Bluffs show.

Tickets are not on-sale yet, but stay tuned for more details.

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Valentine’s Day plans? We’ve got some options for you

d5d844f1f9f46be29839c03609b79ee5Skip the overpriced 10 course meal, romantic comedy and flowers. This year there are some excellent options for enjoying good live music on Valentine’s Day right here in Central Iowa.

Vaudeville Mews is hosting Fort Collins, CO (by way of Iowa City) roots jam band Tallgrass for their blend of “dirt stomping soul”. This show will be the 2nd of 6 Iowa/Illinois shows in February starting in Sioux City and culminating in a taping for Daytrotter in Rock Island, Illinois on 2/18. These are some cool cats, and this is a show you do not want to miss. Tickets are available at the door for $8, and the show kicks off at 8:45 with opener Sam Knutson. Here they are live at the Englert in Iowa City:


Another good show is happening up in Ames that same night when banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn and bluegrasser Del McCoury invade Stephens Auditorium  on the ISU campus for some good old pickin’. Tickets are on-sale now at TicketMaster ($27-$48), with some good seats still available.

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The Lone Bellow live in Ames – show recap

photo 1Words & Photos By Seth Drury

The description of “Brooklyn Country” might not convey the energy in which The Lone Bellow overtake the stages they play or the rooms they fill. Two songs in and dripping sweat, singer/guitarist Zach Williams finally paused to greet the sold-out crowd at the Maintenance Shop in Ames while discreetly trying to replace a broken E string. After explaining his theory of how his back-up guitar, stolen the night before in Chicago, was going to spurn a new artist to a successful career, he decided they would try to proceed with a five-string show. Selflessly, opener Damon Dotson supplied the guitar he had used to warm-up the crowd to help the show go on.

The Brooklyn based band (Willams, Brian Elmquist – guitar/vocals and Kanene Donehey Pipkin – mandolin/vocals touring with husband Jason Pipkin – bass and Brian Griffin – drums) harmonized to a hushed room at times while building to the full volume capable of the band while the captivated audience sang and clapped along. While many of the songs feature the harmonies the group has come to be known for, what was truly impressive was each member taking lead vocals on any particular song as the others step aside and show the strength and musicianship the group contains. This was on display particularly during the middle of the 90 minute set when after playing the frantically charged “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” they spun into a new song, “Georgia Will” (hopefully included in their second album), that featured Elmquist jamming a bluesy riff while Griffin drove the toe-tapping beat to a T. But quickly it was only the trio that remained. After removing the mics from the stage to set up a truly acoustic version of “Watch Over Us” which again featured Elmquist, and in my opinion was the high point of the show. They continued the unplugged feel with a haunted version of “Two Sides of Lonely,” as Willams’ voice hung with the silenced crowd as he poured the passion and soul into the song as if he were alone.

Before the audience fully had time to comprehend the raw talent that had taken place on the stage before them, the full band was back with a classic John Pine cover, causing a handful of audience members to join in. The young trio, starting to headline their own shows, openly admitted to playing and trying new songs on the fly in order to fill their set. Joking that headlining is tough when you only have one album, but the audience was happy to play hamster and take in the new material. The three discussed harmonies in mid-chorus, showing the connection they have that can only be formed from practicing in a van while traveling cross-country. Following the venture into new territory, the lady of the trio, Kanene, had a chance to show her chops with bluesy riffs and playful smiles to the audience during “Button” which is available on iTunes.

The trio concluded to a well-deserved ovation during “The One You Should’ve Let Go.” As they briefly exited the stage, there was no doubt that they would return to close out with a staple from their debut self-titled album. As they played their second song in the encore, Williams brought the whole band to the front of the stage and continued, once again, to move into full acoustic mode. The Lone Bellow showed the connection they had formed with the audience, continuing to sing the chorus of “Teach Me to Know” as they pushed out into the middle of the crowd. Williams directed everyone with his hands and the whole audience harmonized as they were “carried away” to end the night.

Set List:

  1. You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional^
  2. You Never Need Nobody^
  3. You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To^
  4. Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold^
  5. NEW Georgia Will
  6. Watch Over Us
  7. Two Sides of Lonely^
  8. Tree to Grow^
  9. Angel from Montgomery (John Pine cover)
  10. Cold As It Is* (NEW unknown title)
  11. Hickory to help you ride* (NEW unknown title)
  12. Button
  13. Leave me or Let me Go
  14. The One You Should’ve Let Go^


  1. I Let You Go
  2. Teach Me to Know^

*Unknown Title to song

^Appears on debut self-title album

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Catch The Lone Bellow this weekend in Ames or Iowa City

60a7f5ca64f211e3827112c757068f8f_8The harmonious indie folksters The Lone Bellow will be making a couple stops in Iowa this weekend including a show Saturday night the 18th at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, and a Sunday show at Gabe’s in Iowa City.

These guys are legit rising stars, and after being “discovered” by The Civil Wars, they haven’t looked back. Check out the video below of their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

Tickets for both shows are still available. For the Ames show, check out Midwestix. Iowa City tickets can be purchased ($13) at the Gabe’s website.

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Max Wellman is doing big things

Max Wellman Home for the HolidaysBy T. Hays

Max Wellman is once again taking over Des Moines this holiday season. Not only is Max’s annual Home For The Holidays show this Saturday, December 21st at Wooly’s, but he is also releasing his first new album in 3 years at the show.

Home For The Holidays has become a Des Moines tradition, and this year’s one night only event will feature Max with a 6 piece jazz ensemble (and special guests Chris Ford and Tina Hasse Findlay) performing many of your favorite Christmas favorites. Copies of Wellman’s latest album You Must Believe in Spring will also be available at the show.

Check out this video to get you in the mood:

Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 21

Doors 6:00 p.m., Show: 7:00 p.m.

Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa

VIP, includes Reserved Seating: $42

Tickets, includes General Admission Seating: $22

Advance tickets available at or at the Wooly’s Box Office

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Jam scene vets Gov’t Mule returning to Des Moines

muleBy T. Hays

Southern rock fans rejoice. Gov’t Mule is coming back to Des Moines on Wednesday, Feb. 19th at Hoyt Sherman. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, 12/20 at all Ticketmaster locations.

The Mule has been to Des Moines a handful of times, including a few Nitefall on the River shows, and a show at Hoyt Sherman with opening act Grace Potter & the Nocturnals back in 2007. The upcoming tour will be in support of their most recent release from last September, Shout!, which featured a number of guest appearance from Elvis Costello, Grace Potter, Ben Harper, and more.

Here they are with Mike Gordon of Phish doing “Banks Of The Deep End”.

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