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Live Music This Week in DSM: Sept. 20 - 25, 2022

Live Music in DSM

September 20, 2022

This week’s lineup of musical acts in Greater Des Moines (DSM) includes Dennis Kain at the Johnston Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, Sept. 20, SPAM at Sam’s Bar & Grill on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Alex Castillo at Pura Social Club on Thursday, Sept. 22. Don’t miss out on these local acts and others listed below.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

  • “Freight Train” Frank at La Mie Restaurant in the skywalk at 11 a.m.
  • Dennis Kain at the Johnston Farmers’ Market in Johnston at 3:30 p.m.
  • SPAM at Sugar Shack Diner in Altoona at 5:30 p.m.
  • Des Moines Irish Session at Beaverdale Neighborhood in Beaverdale at 7 p.m.
  • Sevendust with Nonpoint, Bastardane, Burden The Sky at Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines at 7 p.m.; $30-35
  • Blues Jam at Carl’s Place at 7:30
  • Jeff Banks Unplugged at Greenwood Lounge at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • Juan Sebastian Ramirez Espinosa & Yoni Perez at The Cave DSM at 5:30 p.m.
  • Chad Elliott & Kathryn Severing Fox at Stuffed Olive in Historic Court District at 6 p.m.
  • Mike Aceto at The Republic on Grand in the Historic East Village at 6 p.m.
  • NOLA Jazz Trio on the patio at Louie’s Wine Dive at 6 p.m.
  • Fred Gazzo & The John Krantz Trio on the patio at Latin King at 6 p.m.
  • Taylor King on the patio at Mickey’s Irish Pub in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Jordan Beem at Gilroy's in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • SPAM at Sam’s Bar & Grill in Altoona at 6:30 p.m.
  • Greta Van Fleet at Wells Fargo Auditorium at 7 p.m.; $60 to $80
  • American Aquarium with Mike McClure at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.; $20-25
  • The Des Moines Big Band at Noce in Western Gateway at 7 p.m.; $15 , Student - $7
  • Cycles with Fishbait at Lefty’s at 7 p.m. (Doors); $12 adv
  • Dickie on the patio at Paws & Pints at 7 p.m.; Free (Unless you bring a dog – membership or day pass, medical documentation required)
  • Damon Dotson at Surety Hotel Courtyard at 7 p.m.
  • Gwenifer Raymond at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $12-17
  • Triple J’s at Greenwood Lounge at 8 p.m.
  • The Sheet at Bellhop in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.
  • Cody Wasyne at Shotgun Betty’s in West Des Moines at 9 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • “Freight Train” Frank at La Mie Restaurant in the skywalk at 11 a.m.
  • Andrew Hoyt, Randy Burk, Ryne Doughty at Acoustic Sets at The District in Prairie Trail in Ankeny at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Drama Kings at Chuck’s Restaurant at 6 p.m.
  • Gimikk at Music in The Junction in Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Jordan Beem at Bike Night at Hawk Heaven Tavern in Altoona at 6 p.m.
  • Ben Puttman at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Rachel Brooke at Music in the Garden at Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens in the Historic East Village at 6:30 p.m.; $10
  • Chris Ranallo on the patio at Paws & Pints GRAND OPENING at 6:30 p.m.; Free (Unless you bring a dog - membership or day pass, medical documentation required)
  • Chad Elliott & Kathryn Severing Fox at Board & Batten in Dallas Center at 6:30 p.m.
  • Pianist Nick Leo & Co. at Noce in Western Gateway at 7 p.m.
  • Seth Cloe at Confluence Brewery at 7 p.m.
  • Alex Castillo at Pura Social Club in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.
  • Open Jam with Groove Review at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 7 p.m.
  • Des Moines Irish Session at Brightside Aleworks in Altoona at 7 p.m.
  • Together Pangea with The Cavves & Daizey for an IPR Broadcast at xBk at 8 p.m.; $17-20
  • The Soul Searchers at Greenwood Lounge at 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23

  • David Watson at Middlebrook Farm in Cumming at 4:30 p.m.
  • Bob Pace & The Dangerous Band at Gas Lamp at 5 p.m.; $5
  • Five AM withHeidi Hates It, On Your Left at Lefty’s at 5 p.m. (Doors); $10 adv
  • Jack Hackett at Hy-Vee Market Grille on 50th Street and Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines at 5 p.m.
  • Jordan Beem at Caffrey’s in Waukee at 5 p.m.
  • Brother Trucker at Captain Roy’s at 6 p.m.
  • Brad & Kate at Confluence Brewery at 6 p.m.
  • Luke Fox at Exile Brewing at 6 p.m.
  • Sam Salomone at The Cave DSM at 6 p.m.
  • Dick Danger Band on the patio at Smash Park in West Des Moines at 6 p.m.
  • Josh Sinclair at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny at 6 p.m.
  • Sister Sara at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Dan Medeir at Fenders Brewing in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Andrew Walesch Jazz Orchestra plays Cole Porter at Noce in Western Gateway at 7 p.m.; $30, VIP $60, Bar/Hightop $20
  • The Soul Searchers at Craft Bru Taproom at 7 p.m.
  • B2wins on the patio at Paws & Pints GRAND OPENING at 7 p.m.; Free (Unless you bring a dog – membership or day pass, medical documentation required)
  • Jason Reed at Kelly’s Little Nipper at 7 p.m.
  • Ryan O’Rien at Brightside Aleworks in Altoona at 7 p.m.
  • Josh Sinclair at Reclaimed Rails Brewing in Bondurant at 7 p.m.
  • The Bond at Uptown Garage Brewing in Ankeny at 7 p.m.
  • Brittany Sword at The Thunderdome in Newton at 7 p.m.
  • Not Quite Brothers with Kick at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 8 p.m.; $15-20
  • Jon Wayne & the Pain with Erf at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $10-15
  • Tom’s Top 8 at 300 Craft & Rooftop at 8 p.m.
  • Suede at Doc’s in Johnston at 8 p.m.
  • The Jury at Whiskey House in Ankeny at 8 p.m.
  • The National Treasure with Eric Kennedy at Greenwood at 9 p.m.
  • Fahrenheit at Down Under in Clive at 9 p.m.
  • November Hotel at Bogg’s Hull Ave Tavern at 9 p.m.
  • Tim Zach at Miss Kitty’s in Clive at 9 p.m.
  • The Feel Right at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 9 p.m.
  • Richard Arndt at Hawk Heaven Tavern in Altoona at 9 p.m.
  • The Savage Freds at GoodTimes in Ankeny at 9 p.m.
  • The Frank White Experience - “Notorious B.I.G.” Tribute with Doozy & Bobby Vuelo at Gas Lamp at 9:30 p.m. (Doors); $15 adv
  • Late Night Groove featuring Mind @ Large at Noce in Western Gateway at 9:30 p.m.; $5
  • AfterShock at Prairie Meadows in Altoona at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • Latino Heritage Festival at Western Gateway Park; $5
    • Grupo 515 at 11 a.m.
    • Tropicante at 2:30 p.m.
    • Son Peruchos at 4:45 p.m.
    • Juan & Only at 7 p.m.
    • El Santo Golpe at 8:45 p.m.
  • Corbett Reeves at Exile at Noon
  • Beggars Bargain at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at Noon
  • CW Smith at Pleasantville East Elementary Renovation Fundraiser at 1 p.m.
  • Jack Curtis on the patio at Paws & Pints GRAND OPENING at 3 p.m.; Free (Unless you bring a dog – membership or day pass, medical documentation required)
  • Windsor Heights Fall Fest at Colby Park in Windsor Heights
    • Day's Live Music at 3 p.m.
    • Jimmy the Weasel at 6 p.m.
    • Fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
  • Black Dirt Ramblers at Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Bike Ride Charity Party at Cumming Tap at 3 p.m.
  • Sumpin Doo (Gil, George, Jim with Doug Johnson (keyboards) and JC Anderson added in at Hawkeye Elks at 4 p.m. $5
  • Liquid Sunshine Band at Revelton Distillery in Osceola at 4 p.m.
  • Ancient Elm CD Release - early show at Lefty’s at 5 p.m.; $10
  • David Watson at Kinfest at Kinship Brewing in Waukee at 5 p.m.
  • Stutterin’ Jimmy & The Goosebumps, Ryan Jeter & The Mind@Large at Brews & Musse at Peace Tree Brewery in Knoxville at 5 p.m.; $15-20
  • Dave Zollo at Captain Roy’s at 6 p.m.
  • Dustin Farrow Duo at Firetrucker Brewery in Ankeny at 6 p.m.
  • NHE at Uptown Garage Brewing in Ankeny at 6 p.m.
  • Southern Comfort Band at Fleetwood at Saylorville in Polk City at 6 p.m.
  • Satsang with Graham Good at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.; $17-20
  • Music Theater - Dream Roles at Pura Social Club in the Historic East Village at 7 p.m.
  • Salt Creek at Croation Slavic Center at 7 p.m.; $5 Members, $7 Nonmembers
  • Des Moines Symphony - Gershwin, Rodrigo, & Ravel at the Des Moines Civic Center at 7:30 p.m.; $15 to $70 ($5 increase day of), Free Watch Parties at Riverview Park, Ames Bandshell, Johnston Town Center
  • The Cult with King Woman at Hoyt Sherman Place in Sherman Hill at 7:30 p.m.; $45 to $89
  • Casey Joe Collins Album Release with J. Jeffery Messerole, Sara Routh at xBk Live at 8 p.m.; $10-15
  • Weakened Friends, Maita at Gas Lamp at 8 p.m.; $12-14
  • Bardok, The Cambion, Claim Defeat, Exodia US, Animals on LSD at Bogg's Hull Avenue Tavern at 8 p.m.; $8
  • The People’s Band at Kenny’s Garage in Waukee at 8 p.m.
  • Birdie Pie at Yacht Club at 8:30 p.m.
  • Wombat Love Machine at Mickey’s in West Des Moines at 8:30 p.m.
  • Ancient Elm CD Release - late show at Lefty’s at 9 p.m. $10
  • P K Mayo Trio at Greenwood Lounge at 9 p.m.
  • 10 Fold Return at Down Under in Clive at 9 p.m.
  • Driving Blind at Good Times in Ankeny at 9 p.m.
  • Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50’s at Prairie Meadows in Altoona at 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25

  • Maraya Nicole at Lone Oaks Farm as part of Madison County Fall Crawl in Winterset at 11 a.m.
  • Latino Heritage Festival at Western Gateway Park; $5
    • Escencia De La Banda at 11:30 a.m.
    • Izcalli at 1:45 p.m.
    • Parranderos Latin Combo at 4 p.m.
  • Sean Sullivan at Exile Brewing at Noon
  • Brian Herrin on the patio at Paws & Pints GRAND OPENING at 1 p.m.; Free (Unless you bring a dog – membership or day pass, medical documentation required)
  • Slipstream at Winterset Cidery as part of Madison County Fall Crawl in Winterset at 1 p.m.
  • Scotty & The Wingtips, The Matt Woods Band, Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Horns, Blues Bureau at Central Iowa Blues Society’s 30th Year Anniversary at Riverview Park at 2 p.m.
  • Sara Routh featuring Bryan Vanderpool just south of Lauridsen Amphitheater in Water Works Park at 2 p.m. (Beirgarten will be open)
  • Jake Schrodt & the Goats at Summerset Winery in Indianola at 2 p.m.
  • Booneville Music Festival
    • B2wins, The Relics, Bob Pace, Jennie & David Hargrove, Ortonville Circus, Straw & Sun at Booneville United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.
  • Dirk Von Stein at Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid at 2 p.m.
  • Luke Stutzman at Covered Bridges Winery as part of Madison County Fall Crawl in Winterset at 2 p.m.
  • Winterset Cidery; $10 per car
    • Royce Johns at 2 p.m.
    • Hillbilly Air Show at 5:30 p.m.
  • Des Moines Symphony - Gershwin, Rodrigo, & Ravel at Des Moines Civic Center at 2:30 p.m.; $15 to $70 ($5 increase day of)
  • The Other Brothers at 300 Craft & Rooftop at 3 p.m.
  • ‘Roda de Choro” with Choro Moingona at The Cave DSM at 3 p.m.
  • Willie Mac & The Lost Cousins at Speckled Hen Farms as part of Madison County Fall Crawl in Winterset at 3 p.m.
  • Opus Taylor at Benefit for Starts Right Here 2nd Chance School at the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens across from Lauridsen Skatepark at 5 p.m. (Bring a chair and BYOB)
  • Bill Bergren/Tanner Taylor Duo at Louie’s Wine Dive at 5 p.m.
  • Al Welsh Orchestra at Lake Robbins Ballroom in Woodward at 5 p.m.; $13
  • Led Zeppelin 2 at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village at 6 p.m.; $15-20
  • Open Jam with Ben Williams at Bogg's Hull Avenue Tavern at 6 p.m.
  • Erin Coburn at xBk Live at 7 p.m.; $10-15
  • Rivers of Nihil - Performing “The Work” in full with Tomb of the Unknown, Nyhilist, Zod Vistrg at Lefty’s at 7 p.m. (Doors); $17 adv
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with Olivia Jean at Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines at 8 p.m.; $55

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.