February has been a busy month for concert announcements in Central Iowa. Below, you can find details on new shows from Eric Sardinas, Alesana, In Flames, and Justin Moore.
Blues rocker Eric Sardinas and his band Big Motor will play the Val Air Ballroom’s Blues Series on March 4 at 8 p.m. The Florida guitarist released his sixth album, entitled Boomerang, in January. Known for his trademark Resonator guitar sound, Sardinas grew up on a steady diet of Delta blues and picked up his first guitar at age six. Tickets for the all ages show are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show. Check out Eric Sardinas and Big Motor in action in the featured video.
The Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines has also announced a show by North Carolina metal band Alesana on April 20 at 5:30 p.m. Alesana released a new EP entitled The Decade EP last April, They are readying two new full-length releases for 2015. This spring, the band plans to release the final album in their Annabel trilogy, which will be centered around “The Time Quintet” literary book series by Madeleine L’Engle. Alesana also plans on releasing a live album that they recorded last December at a show in Raleigh. Capture the Crown, The Browning, Conquer Divide, The Funeral Portrait, Intentions, and The Point Past Insanity will also be on the bill. Tickets for the all ages event are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.
Swedish heavy metal band In Flames will stop at Wooly’s in Des Moines on May 22. The band has won four Grammis awards, the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards, and they also won “Best International Band” at the Metalhammer Golden Gods ceremony in 2008. In Flames’ 2014 album Siren Charms topped the charts in Sweden and Finland, and it reached the Top 10 in four other countries. All That Remains and Periphery will open the 7:45 p.m. show. Tickets for the all ages event are $29.50 in advance and $35 on the day of the show.
Iowa State Fair organizers added another Grandstand show to the 2015 fair schedule this week. Country singer Justin Moore will headline the Grandstand on August 14. In just six years, Moore has topped the Country charts with two of his three albums (the third peaked at #3), and he has cranked out seven gold singles, including four #1 hits. Moore won the Academy of Country Music Award for “New Artist of the Year” in 2014. Opening for Moore will be another rising star–Easton Corbin. Corbin has two Top 5 Country albums, five gold singles, two #1 songs, and three American Country Awards over the same six year period as Moore. Ticket prices and an onsale date for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.