Live at the Crib’s June Lineup
Prairie Moon Winery’s annual “Live at the Crib” series runs throughout the summer and into the early fall, featuring a solid lineup of local, regional and national talent on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 pm. (Disclosure: I helped book some of the events for this series.) The concerts frame artists in a quaint gazebo within the scenic surroundings of the mid-prairie vineyard on the winery’s extensive property; the look alone is worth your time.
Upcoming concerts this month will feature singer-songwriter Larry Myer (6/12), the only-early-years Grateful Dead tribute Winterland (6/19), and the world-class finger-style guitarist Charlie Parr (6/26)…
Roosevelt Summer Sundays June Lineup
… But it doesn’t stop there because immediately after you leave Prairie Moon Winery you can head straight over to the lovely park at what was once Roosevelt Elementary School (and is now “The Roosevelt” condos) for another year of the long-running and consistently excellent Roosevelt Summer Sundays concert series, which run from 7-9 pm every Sunday night through August 14. The park setting – in addition to the generally appealing bookings – makes this series particularly suitable for families, and the fairly new playground a the far end of the park adds extra reason to bring the kids.
Upcoming concerts this month include the Ames supergroup folk-rock trio Atchison, Bruna & Love (6/12), the Sixties-channeling Cedar Falls act SIRES (6/19), and the Ames classic soul and R&B unit Vinyl Vagabonds (6/26).
Screamo Show at The Record Mill
The ever-active North Ames basement venue The Record Mill has done a great job becoming a home for bands that come from the heavier side of the tracks. They’ll be hosting a searing night screamo and post-hardcore this upcoming Thursday with Minnesota acts Familiar Theme and Goodbye Lucy Grey among others.
“Stand By Your Band” Series
Iowa Informer introduced a new exclusive series this week in which Iowan music writers will defend the honor of oft-derided bands. The first in the series comes from the Des Moines writer and musician Elliot Imes standing by Meat Loaf.