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Live Music This Week in DSM: Aug. 23 - 28, 2022

Live Music in DSM

August 23, 2022

This week’s lineup of musical acts in Greater Des Moines (DSM) includes a Blues Jam at Carl’s Place on Tuesday, Aug. 23, The Unfortunate Sons at Cumming Tap on Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Bruce Day at 300 Craft & Rooftop on Friday, Aug. 26.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

  • “Freight Train” Frank at La Mie Restaurant in the skywalk at 11 a.m.
  • Grill & Kain at Johnston Farmers’ Market in Johnston at 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Eggleston at Beaverdale Farmers’ Market at 4 p.m.
  • Damon Dotson at Kinship Brewing in Waukee at 5 p.m.
  • SPAM at Sugar Shack Diner in Altoona at 5:30 p.m.
  • David Watson at Exile Brewing at 6:30 p.m.
  • Futurebirds with Halfloves at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.; $15-20
  • Matt Nathanson with Donovan Woods at Hoyt Sherman Place at 7:30 p.m.; $35 to $55
  • Blues Jam at Carl’s Place at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Aristocrats at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $28-33
  • FRIENDS with Jeff Banks, Dante McCloud, Tony Mcghee at Greenwood Lounge at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

  • WoR at Lefty’s at 5 p.m. (Doors); $10-15
  • B. John Burns “Early Labor Day Dinner Hour” at 5 p.m. – Livestream
  • Emmett Sheehan at Middlebrook Mercantile in Cumming at 5:30 p.m.
  • Robert Deitch at Stuffed Olive in Historic Court District at 6 p.m.
  • Dave Watson at The Republic on Grand in the Historic East Village at 6 p.m.
  • Scott Smith/Steve Charlson Duo on the patio at Louie’s Wine Dive at 6 p.m.
  • Josh Sinclair at Gilroy’s in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Tony Bohnenkamp on the patio at Mickey’s in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • The Unfortunate Sons at Cumming Tap at 6 p.m.
  • Sean Sullivan at Exile Brewing at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jack Curtis on the patio at Paws & Pints at 6:30 p.m. (Membership or day pass required if bringing dog, medical documentation required.)
  • Animal Collective with Tomato Flower at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.; $30-32
  • Sanguisugabogg with Undeath, No/Mas at xBk Live at 7 p.m.; $15
  • Black Dirt Ramblers with special guests Dave Alstad and Phil Smith at Greenwood at 7 p.m.
  • Boz Scaggs with Jeff LeBlanc at Hoyt Sherman Place in Sherman Hill at 7:30 p.m.; $45 to $95
  • The Sheet at Bellhop in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25

  • “Freight Train” Frank at La Mie Restaurant in the skywalk at 11 a.m.
  • Luke - Fox - Dan Medeiros - Dan Tedesco at Acoustic Sets at The District in Prairie Trail in Ankeny at 5:30 p.m.
  • Jhariah - Bad Luck Tour with TBD at Lefty’s at 6 p.m.; $10
  • Vein.fm with Candy, Regulate & Living Weapon at xBk Live at 6 p.m. (Doors); $16 adv
  • Flying Silos at Chuck’s Restaurant at 6 p.m.
  • Zachary Freedom at Surety Hotel Courtyard at 6 p.m.
  • Suede at Music In The Junction in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Damon Dotson Solo at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Tyler Richton & The High Bank Boys at Music in the Garden at Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens at 6:30 p.m.; $10
  • King Wylde at Exile Brewing at 6:30 p.m.
  • Charles Wesley Godwin with Sam Morrow at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.; $15
  • J. Jeffrey Messerole at Confluence Brewery at 7 p.m.
  • Open Jam with Groove Review at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 7 p.m.
  • Piano Man Richard Spierenburg at Whiskey House in Ankeny at 7 p.m.
  • Happy Together Tour - The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Buckinghams, The Vogues, The Cowsills at Hoyt Sherman Place in Sherman Hill at 7:30 p.m.; $50 to $95
  • The Soul Searchers at Greenwood Lounge at 8 p.m.
  • Heath Alan and Todd Mason at Pura Social Club in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.
  • Jordan Beem at Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines at 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26

  • Chad Elliott $ Kathryn Severing Fox at Middlebrook Farm in Cumming at 4:30 p.m.
  • Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp at 5 p.m.; $5
  • Dan Trilk on the patio at Truman’s Pizza Tavern at 5 p.m.
  • Richard Arndt & The Brew at Bike Night at Reclaimed Rails in Bondurant at 5 p.m.
  • Nicholas Sinclair at Campbell Park for Food Truck Friday in Clive at 5:30 p.m.
  • Kim & Dust Rose at Confluence Brewery at 6 p.m.
  • Bruce Day at 300 Craft & Rooftop at 6 p.m.
  • Bill Bergren Duet Project at The Cave at 6 p.m.
  • Josh Sinclair on the patio at Smash Park in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Nick Maurer at Cozy Café in Johnston at 6 p.m.
  • Robbie Michael at Iowa Distilling Co. in Cumming at 6 p.m.
  • Drama Kings at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny at 6 p.m.
  • Justin Roberts and Inez Barlatier at Ankeny Bandshell at 6 p.m.
  • Punching Pandas at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Orphan Annie on the patio at Smash Park in Pella at 6 p.m.
  • Yoni Miramba & Vocalists at Exile Brewing at 6:30 p.m.
  • Small Town Titans with Of Limbo, Core, Phenixx, Heidi Hates It, TBD at Lefty’s at 7 p.m. (Doors); $15
  • Andrew Hoyt at Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company at 7 p.m.
  • Jake Kemble on the patio at Paws & Pints at 7 p.m. (Membership or day pass required if bringing dog, medical documentation required.)
  • Chip Albright on the patio at Chocolaterie Stam at 7 p.m.
  • Iowa Hiphop Showcase at Your Private Bar Services in West Des Moines at 7 p.m.
  • Jeff Stagg at The Hall in West Des Moines at 7 p.m.
  • Thad and Adam at Pally’s Bar & Grille in Clive at 7 p.m.
  • Adam Girard at Uptown Garage Brewing in Ankeny at 7 p.m.
  • Audiowaves: An Audioslave Tribute with Alchemist at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.; $10-12
  • OVRFWRD at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $10-15 Nick Hermann at Pura Social Club in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.
  • MidDeath Pro - Better off Dead/No Ring/No Rules at Boggs Hull Ave Tavern at 8?p.m.; $15
  • BitterSweet Nation at Hawkeye Elks at 8 p.m.
  • Sister Sara at Doc’s in Johnston at 8 p.m.
  • Dave Zollo at Greenwood Lounge at 9 p.m.
  • Fahrenheit at Down Under at 9 p.m.
  • The Bond at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 9 p.m.
  • Casey Muessigmann at Miss Kitty’s in Clive at 9 p.m.
  • Sorry For Last Night at Good Times in Ankeny at 9 p.m.
  • The Williams Brothers Band with 80 Grit at Gas Lamp at 9:30 p.m.; $10
  • Jake McVey Band at Prairie Meadows in Altoona at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27

  • Jeff Stagg (& others) at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Historic Court District at 7:30 a.m.
  • Exile Brewing Co. Music Festival; $35
    • River City Opry Band at 11 a.m.
    • Halfloves at Noon Birdie Pie at 1:30 p.m.
    • Illegal Smile at 4 p.m.
    • Kyle Hollingsworth Band at 6:30 p.m.
    • Leftover Salmon at 9 p.m.
  • Altoona Palooza at Sam Wise Sports Complex
    • The Sheet at 2 p.m.
    • Jordan Beem at 4 p.m.
    • Lincoln Highway at 6 p.m.
    • Douglas Acres Band at 8:30 p.m.
  • Justin Roberts and Inez Barlatier at Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park at 11 a.m.
  • Beggars Bargain at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at Noon Scott Davis - History of the Blues at Franklin Library at 2 p.m.
  • Grill & Kain with Buddy Franklin at Dallas Center Fall Fest at 3:30 p.m.
  • METAL -Q ’22 - DJ Motorwolf, Buried in Smoke, Gravis Somnia, As For You, Nyhilist, Blacked Out World at Bogg’s Hull Ave Tavern at 5 p.m.
  • Black Dirt Ramblers with Dave Alstad and Phil Smith at Big Rack Brew Haus in Winterset at 5 p.m.
  • Ingersoll Live
    • West Stage
      • The June Bugs at 6 p.m.
      • Dueling Pianos of Andy Anderson & Mike Leeds at 8:30 p.m.
    • East Stage
      • Faculty Lounge at 7 p.m.
      • The Punching Pandas at 9:30 p.m.
  • Homeward Bound at Kinship Brewing in Waukee at 6 p.m.
  • Austin Chadderdon at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny at 6 p.m.
  • The Sheet at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Dueling Fiddles & Full Band at Covered Bridges Winery in Winterset at 6:30 p.m.; $5
  • The Soul Searchers at Captain Roy’s at 7 p.m.
  • Trespassing at the Croation Slavic Center at 7 p.m.; $5 Members, $7 Nonmembers
  • Exit 113 at Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward at 7 p.m.; $10
  • Stark Raving Madge at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7:30 p.m.; $10-13
  • The Music of Randy Travis with James Dupre at Hoyt Sherman Place in Sherman Hill at 8 p.m.; $55 to $200
  • Katy Guillen & the Drive with The Jenny Kohls Band at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $12-15
  • Surf Zombies at Maggie’s Rumble Room at 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos featuring PJ and Libby at Pura Social Club in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.
  • Suede at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 8 p.m.
  • Rick Burke at Mickey’s in West Des Moines at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Damon Dotson Band at 300 Craft & Rooftop at 9 p.m.
  • The Unfortunate Sons at Greenwood Lounge at 9 p.m.
  • Fahrenheit at Down Under in Clive at 9 p.m.
  • Definite Instinct at Whiskey House in Ankeny at 9 p.m.
  • South 35 at Good Times in Ankeny at 9 p.m.
  • Luke Farland at The Hen House in Elkhart at 9 p.m.
  • CJ Ryder & The Pastmasters at Prairie Meadows in Altoona at 10 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 28

  • Marc Bailey on the patio at Paws & Pints at Noon (Membership or day pass required if bringing dog, medical documentation required.)
  • Birdchild at Winefest - Green State Iowa Lawn Party at Salisbury House & Gardens at 1 p.m.; $22
  • Sean Thibodeaux at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 2 p.m.
  • Punching Pandas at Summerset Winery in Indianola at 2 p.m.
  • Slipstream at Snus Hill Winery in Madrid at 2 p.m.
  • Luke Stutzman at Covered Bridges Winery in Winterset at 2 p.m.
  • Some Friends at 300 Craft & Rooftop at 3 p.m.
  • “Roda de Choro” with Choro Moingona at The Cave at 3 p.m.
  • The Malpass Brothers at Pella Opera House at 3 p.m.; $35 (VIP $55)
  • Cover That at The Cellar at White Oak in Cambridge at 4 p.m.; $5
  • Wayne Page/Nick Rueckert Duo at Louie’s Wine Dive at 5 p.m.
  • Final Mix at Live at the Creek at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines at 5 p.m.
  • Stardusters at Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward at 5 p.m.; $13
  • In This Moment with Nothing More, Sleep Token & Cherry Bombs Rock at Horizon Events Center in Clive at 6?p.m. $50 to $86
  • Alpha Wolf with Bodysnatcher & Vatican at xBk Live at 7 p.m.; $18-20
  • Hate Dept./BELLHEAD/Savka/DJ Motorwolf at Lefty’s at 7 p.m.; $10

Check for changes at each venue’s website, including cancellations and COVID protocols, and consider your generosity to your local waitstaff and musicians as we continue to welcome back live events in DSM. You can also support local restaurants by visiting nearby businesses before and after the show! Check out the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Restaurant Guide, featuring neighborhood options here.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Jerrica Marshall

Jerrica Marshall is the downtown placemaking manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.