Jess' top events July 4-10
Jess' top events July 4-10
Yonder Mountain String Band
Thursday: Yonder Mountain String Band will return to Nitefall on the River this week for a progressive bluegrass show on the Des Moines River. The band, which performed at the first 80/35, has returned to Des Moines nearly every year since. Gates open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at ticketfly.com, or $25 at the door. Simon Estes Amphitheater, 71 E. Locust St. Go to nitefalldsm.com.
80/35 Music Festival
Friday and Saturday: After months of waiting (and hard work by staff and volunteers at the Des Moines Music Coalition), the fifth annual 80/35 Music Festival is finally here and kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. The festival, a melting pot of music, brings indie headliners, hip-hop acts, alternative country and other funky bands — of local to national fame — to three stages in Western Gateway Park. Just a few of the bands performing: Headliners The Avett Brothers (Friday) and Death Cab for Cutie (Saturday), Dinosaur Jr., Leftover Salmon, Dan Deacon, Atmosphere, Freddie Gibbs, Maxilla Blue, Mumford’s, Christopher the Conquered and several others. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $39 for a one-day pass or $65 for a two-day pass in advance at Midwestix.com, or pay $45 for single-day passes at the gate. Go to 80-35.com for tickets, info, the band schedule, rules and more. Western Gateway Park, 13th Street and Grand Avenue.
Run, White & Blue 5K
Sunday: Run to benefit the Central Iowa Shelter and Services’ Veteran Outreach Project this weekend. The Run, White & Blue 5K starts at Principal Park at 8:30 a.m. and will include prizes for the top three runners in men’s and women’s divisions, as well as for the top five most patriotic costumes. The race is sponsored by Central Iowa Shelter and Services, the Iowa Cubs and the Young Professionals Connection. Registration includes a T-shirt and a ticket to the 1:05 p.m. Iowa Cubs game against the Omaha Storm Chasers, as well as a parking pass for the stadium parking lots. Pre-registration is $25 at centraliowashelter.org/5K, or $35 the day of the race. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive.
Jazz in July
Through July 28: The Metro Arts Alliance is in its 30th year of presenting Jazz in July, a series of concerts performed in various venues around Des Moines by multiple bands. The season kicked off with a performance before Yankee Doodle Pops on Tuesday, and continues Wednesday at Urbandale’s Fourth of July Celebration with Big Band Sound (5-6 p.m. at Lion’s Park, 4103 72nd St., Urbandale), Thursday with the Java Jews (6:30-8:30 p.m. at Jester Park, 11407 N.W. Jester Park Drive, Granger) and Friday with Paige Harpin Band (6-8:30 p.m. in the East Village on the corner of E. Fifth and E. Walnut Streets). Concerts are performed nearly every evening through the end of July. Go to jazzinjuly.org for a complete list. All concerts are free.