Mark your calendars, Central Iowa music fans. More great concerts are on their way. Here are the details on upcoming shows from Primus, Widespread Panic, Of Montreal, and Arturo Sandoval.
Multiple-time Grammy-nominated funk metal/rock band Primus will play the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive on Wednesday, September 17 at 8 p.m. The eccentric Les Claypool led trio last released a new album in 2011, when they released Green Naugahyde. Since then, the band has thrown themselves into tour after tour. Tickets to see the Primus at 7 Flags are $35 through the box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. No opener has been announced for the all ages event.
Southern blues/rock jam band Widespread Panic (see slideshow) will bring more than 25 years of music to Ames on Wednesday, October 29 for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Stephens Auditorium. Back on tour after a brief hiatus, the Georgia band continues to play different setlists every night while freely allowing their fans to tape and trade recordings of WP shows. Tickets to the Ames show will go on sale on Monday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. for $45.50 through Ticketmaster and the ISU Center Ticket Office. As part of their “Panic Fans for Food” program, fans are encouraged to bring canned food items or monetary donations to the show to benefit local food banks.
Athens, Georgia indie pop/rock band Of Montreal (featured video) will play a show at Wooly’s in Des Moines on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. The band who’s sound is constantly evolving from album to album released their latest effort, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, last October. The band has a Kickstarter-funded film entitled The Past Is a Grotesque Animal due out on June 20. Tickets to see the band in Des Moines are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. They may be purchased at the Wooly’s box office or online through Ticketfly. Polyvinyl labelmate Pillar Point (Scott Reitherman’s solo project) is scheduled to open.
Legendary jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval will perform at Terrible’s Lakeside Casino in Osceola on Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards, 6 Billboard Awards, and an Emmy, and he is a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. The Cuban performer was a protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie, as the recent book The Man Who Changed My Life chronicles. Sandoval’s most recent album, 2013’s Un Siglo de Pasión, paid tribute to the Fuente Family and won him a Latin Grammy for “Best Traditional Tropical Album”. Tickets to see Sandoval perform at Lakeside’s Outdoor Theater are $15 for general admission and $25 for tiered seating. Tickets may be purchased through the casino or online through Red Truck Tickets. This will be a 21-or-older performance.