The Central Iowa Concert Calendar for Sunday, November 16 is topped by shows from Alien Ant Farm and Issues. Get all the details on those shows and more below.
California alt-rockers Alien Ant Farm return to Des Moines for a show at the House of Bricks. Alien Ant Farm’s 2001 album Anthology charted in eight countries, including reaching #11 in the U.S., based largely off of the band’s remake of the Michael Jackson hit “Smooth Criminal” (featured video). Their version of the song hit #1 one in the U.S. and Australia, and made the Top 10 in six other countries. While the band has not been able to recreate that kind of buzz since, they have managed two more Top 40 singles. Alien Ant Farm is set to release their first album in more than eight years, entitled Always and Forever, in January. Zeale, Through the Darkness, and One Cold July will open the show. The all ages event will kick off at 5 p.m., and tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.
The Journeys Noise Tour, headlined by Issues, will stop at Wooly’s in Des Moines on Sunday for a 7 p.m. show. Issues January self-titled debut album topped the Indie and Hard Rock charts, reached #2 on the Alternative and Rock charts, and peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200. The Atlanta metal band will release an acoustic EP entitled Diamond Dreams on November 18. I Killed the Prom Queen, Ghost Town, Nightmares, and Marmozets will also perform. Tickets for the all ages show are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the concert.
80/35 vets Avi Buffalo return to Des Moines on Sunday for a 9 p.m. show at Vaudeville Mews. The young Long Beach band, fronted by Avi Zahner-Isenberg, released their first album while still in high school, and they played festivals and venues all over Europe shortly after their graduation. The band released their second album, At Best Cuckold, earlier this year. All of the band’s gear was stolen from their van after a show in St. Louis on October 30, but the band has soldiered on, playing with borrowed instruments and equipment. Grand Courriers will open the show. Tickets for the 21-and-over event are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
The Hotel Pattee’s “Lit by the Sun Signature Series” continues Sunday with a performance by folk singer Jon Troast and a three-course dinner designed by new Executive Chef Ben Ferguson. Troast has played on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, and toured all over the U.S. He once performed 100 shows in 100 days, many of the shows in private homes where he would crash on the homeowners couch afterward. The Wisconsin native (now living in Nashville) released his latest album, All the Brave Little Critters Kept Dancing, in February. Tickets for the concert only are $25. Add in a dinner of a Hopping John fritter with roasted green chilies, a braised pork shank with collard greens and corn bread, and a pecan parfait to make a night of it for $35 (includes concert). Tickets may be purchased online through the Hotel Pattee website. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Also on Sunday, November 16:
Rumpke Mountain Boys
w/ Chad Elliott
Bluestem in Ames
7 p.m., all ages (Tix: $12 student, $14 general admission)
Tony Valdez Duo
Summerset Winery outside of Indianola
2 p.m., 21+ ($3 per person or $10 per carload)
Community Jazz Center
4th Street Theatre in Des Moines
2 p.m., all ages (free)