EXPLORE: Live Music

By Cyote Williams

From symphonies to singing, festivals to intimate venues, music fans rejoice for central Iowa’s options this summer.

221 Walnut St., Des Moines
June 1: Los Tigres Del Norte

1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
June 13: Samara Joy at 7:30 p.m.
June 28: Mat Kearney: Headlights Home Tour at 7:30 p.m.
July 2: Little Feat: Can’t Be Satisfied Tour at 7:30 p.m.
July 3: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs at 7:30 p.m.
July 31: Steve Earle: Alone Again at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: Graham Nash: More Evenings Of Songs And Stories at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25: Intocable: 30th Aniversario Tour 2024 at 8 p.m.

1326 Walnut St. No. 100, Des Moines
May 16: Jazz On The House with The Dirk Quinn Band at 7 p.m.
May 17: Fly Me To The Moon: The Max Wellman Big Band plays Sinatra and more at 7 p.m.
May 18: Damoni Phillips with Organist Mitch Towne and Percussionist Ernie Adams at 7 p.m.
May 22: The Des Moines Big Band at 7 p.m.
May 23: Jazz On The House with Guitarist Jack Curis and Co. at 7 p.m.
May 24: Steve Berry and Gina Gedler sing the music of Burt Bacharach at 7 p.m.
May 25: Napoleon Douglas with the Nate Sparks Big Band at 7 p.m.
May 29: The Des Moines Big Band Season Finale at 7 p.m.
May 30: Jazz On The House with Vocalist Lauren Vilmain at 7 p.m.
May 31: Salsa Night with Son Peruchos at 7 p.m.

223 Center St., Des Moines
May 17: Cody Johnson at 7:30 p.m.
June 27: Parker McCollum - Burn It Down Tour at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 1: Barry Manilow at 7 p.m.
Aug. 19: Five Finger Death at 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: Luke Bryan at 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Cage The Elephant at 6:30 p.m.

Iowa State Fairgrounds 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
Aug. 8: Lauren Daigle at 8 p.m.
Aug. 9: Foreigner: Historic Farewell Tour at 8 p.m.
Aug. 10: Jelly Roll at 8 p.m.
Aug. 11: Greta Van Fleet Starcatcher World Tour at 8 p.m.
Aug. 12: Brett Young at 8 p.m.
Aug. 13: Thomas Rhett at 8 p.m.
Aug. 14: Mötley Crüe at 8 p.m.
Aug. 16: The Avett Brothers at 8 p.m.
Aug. 17: Ne-Yo at 8 p.m.
Aug. 18: Kidz Bop at 6 p.m.

2307 University Ave., Des Moines
Every Monday: Lefty’s Manic Monday Open Jam Night at 8 p.m.
  May 18: Exhumed, Skeletal Remains, Morbikon, Upon Stone, Traffic Death at 5 p.m.
May 25: SOULCAGE with Dirty Blond, Parabola and The Crust at 5 p.m.
May 25: Lower Automation, Moon Summoner, Duo Beat and Suttee at 9 p.m.
May 27: Filth with Second Death, Inferious, Snake Father and Exiled at 5 p.m.
May 28: The Black Moods 6:30 p.m.
May 29: ATTILA with Traitors, Not Enough Space, The Curse Of Hail and Calous at 5:30 p.m.
June 22: Corrupted Summer Dayz – Vol. 4 at 9 p.m.
June 28: SUPERSUCKERS with The Rumours, Jacob County & The Damaged Goods and Attacked By Badgers at 6 p.m.
July 3: Hillbilly Casino + Sasquatch And The Sick-A-Billys at 6 p.m.

504 E. Locust St., Des Moines
May 17: B.Well at 8 p.m.
May 18: Symphony X at 8 p.m.
May 19: X Ambassadors - Townie: North American Tour at 7:30 p.m.
May 20: Maddie Zahm at 7 p.m.
May 21: Southall at 7 p.m.
May 23: Dying Fetus at 8 p.m.
May 29: Bodysnatcher & Spite at 7 p.m.
June 5: Medium Build at 8 p.m.
June 6: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway at 7 p.m.
June 11: Sebastian Bach at 8 p.m.
June 21: Arrows In Action at 7:30 p.m.
June 22: The Menzingers at 7 p.m.
July 16: Citizen Soldier at 7:30 p.m.
July 19: Wilderado at 8 p.m.
July 23: Bowling For Soup at 7 p.m.
Aug. 8: Old 97s at 7 p.m.

Lauridsen Amphitheater, 2251 George Flagg Parkway
May 25: Willie Nelson & Family at 7 p.m.
June 11: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss with JD McPherson at 7 p.m.
June 13: Jon Pardi with Carter Faith at 6:30 p.m.
June 21: REO Speedwagon with Night Ranger at 6:30 p.m.
July 11: Brantley Gilbert at 6:30 p.m.

1159 24th St., Des Moines
May 16: Panic! at the Burlesque Vol. 3 at 7 p.m.
May 17: Southern Culture on the Skids at 7 p.m.
May 18: Jesse Daniel with special guest Alex Williams at 6 p.m.
May 19: Charlie Parr with Samuel Locke Ward at 6 p.m.
May 20: Monday Night Live does MNL! Season Wrap Party at 6 p.m.
May 21: Havok and Exmortus at 6 p.m.
May 23: Molly Brandt and Reilly Downes & The Acid Cowboys at 7 p.m.
May 24: Traffic Death, Druids, Electric Assault, Lurking Corpses at 7 p.m.
May 25: Southbound at 6 p.m.
May 28: Social Cinema at 6 p.m.
May 29: Melt-Banana with BabyBaby_Explores at 6:30 p.m.
May 30: Lisa Mann and Avey Grouws Band at 6 p.m.
May 31: BYOBrass with The Swallowtails at 7 p.m.
June 9: Sarah Tonin, 28 Days Later, Quinn Trilk at 5 p.m.
June 13: Kevin Burt & Big Medicine featuring Ken Valdez at 6 p.m.
June 25: Oliver Hazard at 6 p.m.
June 27: Nolan Taylor at 6 p.m.
June 28: Parranderos Latin Combo at 7 p.m.
July 13: Mountain Grass Unit at 6 p.m.
July 19: Modern Life Is War at 7 p.m.
July 24: An Evening with Stick Men at 7 p.m.
Aug. 18: The Motown Songbook featuring The Finesse at 6 p.m.
Sept. 7: Gurnfest: Day 2 at 5 p.m.
Sept. 17: Six Organs of Admittance at 6 p.m.

2938 Grand Prairie Parkway, Waukee
May 18: Chicago at 8 p.m.
May 31: Riley Green: Ain’t My Last Rodeo Tour at 7:30 p.m.
June 4: T-Pain’s Mansion in Wiscansin Party at 6:30 p.m.
June 8: Bailey Zimmerman: Religiously. The Tour. at 6 p.m.
June 18: Excision: Nexus Tour at 7:15 p.m.
June 23: Pixies and Modest Mouse with Cat Power at 6:30 p.m.
July 7: The Kid Laroi First Time Tour at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: Counting Crows at 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: The Smashing Pumpkins: The World Is A Vampire Tour at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: An Evening With Goose at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29: Marcus King: Mood Swings The World Tour at 8 p.m.

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
Thursdays, June 6 - Aug. 29: Summer Concert Series. The Botanical Garden’s summer music series. Enjoy the best parts of the Garden, music, family, food and the warm summer weather.

2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines
When the warm weather rolls in, Jasper Winery welcomes all for their Summer Concert Series, occurring Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., May through August. Bring your lawn chair, listening ears, appetites and thirst, all will be quenched.
May 16: Brian Herrin Band
May 23: Dueling Guitars
May 30: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
June 6: Pianopalooze Band
June 13: Decoy
June 20: The Nadas
June 27: Damon Dotson Band
July 11: Funk Trek & Mind@Large
July 18: Rhino
July 25: Dazy Head Mazy
Aug. 1: Not Quite Brothers