Jess' top events May 23-29
Jess' top events May 23-29
Go to an art show, rock out with Hairball or pick up free stuff this week. Here are the details:
Rock-N-Roll Art Show
Saturday: Stop by an art show while bar hopping in the East Village. The Rock-N-Roll Art Show, hosted by Shawn Palek and Finders Creepers, will showcase 12 artists including Tessie Wallace, Mike Dennis, Steve Baier, Tanner Saltzman and others, for a one-night event at The Fremont, 1030 E. Ninth St. 7 p.m. Free. Go to shawnpalek.com.
Really, Really Free Market
Saturday: Give away the things you don’t use or need — and take a few things in return — at Des Moines’ first Really Really Free Market. As the name of the event suggests, it’s free. Totally free. Clean out your closets, attic, basement and kitchens and bring your items to Nollen Plaza to give to those who will find use for them. Then shop for yourself — no dollar bills required. Food Not Bombs (a nonprofit organization) will provide free food, and there will be free performances from local musicians and artists. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. As we said, it’s free. Nollen Plaza, Third and Locust streets.
Saturday: Rock cover band Hairball will kick off the 2012 Nitefall on the River series this weekend. The popular band dresses to emulate many of the rock gods from the ‘80s, including Prince, Bon Jovi, Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper. Stop by for a night of face-melting rock overlooking the Des Moines River and downtown. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance at ticketfly.com, $25 at the door. Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. Go to nitefalldsm.com.
Iowa Blues Challenge finals
Saturday: Three local blues bands, The Pain Killers, Serious Business and The Mississippi Misfits, have made their way through several competitions to compete in the Iowa Blues Challenge finals, held this Saturday at the Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave. The bands will each play a 45-minute set, and a panel of five judges will determine the winner. The event, now in its 19th year, begins as a contest open to any Iowa blues band that has not been nominated for the Blues Music Awards, whittling down entries until an ultimate winner is named at the Iowa Blues Challenge. The winner will receive cash, recording time, travel expenses and a spot in the 2012 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, as well as the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., in February 2013. Bands start at 8:30 p.m. $10. Go to cibs.org.
Smokin' in the Junction
Saturday and Sunday: Nosh on great barbecue while enjoying live music, kids’ activities, vendors and more in historic Valley Junction during the fourth annual Smokin’ in the Junction. The event is one of the largest barbecue competitions in Iowa, with more than 50 competitors vying for $13,000 in award money. Food and drinks from competitors will be available for purchase while you enjoy live music by the El Dorados, Comfort Zone, Final Mix, Brother Trucker and more in the beer garden. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free to attend. Valley Junction, Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue, West Des Moines. Go to valleyjunction.com.