Top shows this week
Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Wednesday: Jack’s Mannequin singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon plays a solo show at 6:30 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. McMahon retired the Jack’s Mannequin name last year, but he recently released his solo debut, “The Pop Underground.” Allen Stone opens. $25.50-$28.50 through ticketfly.com.
Thursday: “Put the Gun Down” singer ZZ Ward plays Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., at 6:30 p.m. Ward released her debut album, “Til the Casket Drops,” last year, and “Gun” has become a top 40 hit for the singer. Next month Ward will be playing the main stage at Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park festival. Swear and Shake open. $15 in advance through ticketfly.com, $17 day of show.
Los Lobos and Aaron Neville
Friday and Saturday: The Des Moines Arts Festival has big names headlining the Aviva Main Stage. At 8:30 p.m. Friday see Chicano rockers Los Lobos, known for their cover of the Ritchie Valens hit “La Bamba.” Soul singer Aaron Neville (above) headlines Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. His hits include “Tell It Like It Is,” “Everybody Plays the Fool” and “Don’t Know Much.” Free. Go to desmoinesartsfestival.org.
Monday: Rapper Aesop Rock and folk singer Kimya Dawson team up to perform as The Uncluded at 8 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Earlier this month the duo released its debut album, “Hockey Fright,” on the
hip-hop focused label Rhymesayers. As a solo artist, Dawson is probably best known for her songs on the “Juno” soundtrack. $18 in advance through ticketfly.com, $20 day of show.