First Fleet Concerts is set to open a new concert venue in Des Moines’ East Village. Wooly’s is targeted to open at the beginning of March in the space formerly occupied by the short-lived 504 Club (504 East Locust Street, Des Moines).
Wooly’s will be a general admission venue that will hold approximately 600 people and will sell alcohol. First Fleet, who already books shows for other prominent Metro area venues like Vaudeville Mews and People’s, has already started booking shows for the new venue. Here is a listing of some of the preliminary bookings:
March 22– Lez Zeppelin: All-female Led Zeppelin tribute band from New York City.
March 24– The Envy Corps: Des Moines-based indie alternative rock band.
April 3– My Darkest Days: New Toronto-based rock band. Opener: The Veer Union.
April 12– Leon Russell: Russell’s legendary 50-year multi-genre music career includes collaborations with Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Steve Winwood, Tom Petty, The Gap Band, Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Tom Petty, George Benson, Willie Nelson, Edgar Winter, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Hornsby, Barbara Streisand, Ike & Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, and many, many more. [First Fleet]
April 18– Frankenstein Brothers: Costumed guitar virtuoso Buckethead teams up with unorthodox one-man band That 1 Guy for an interesting night of music. (Video to the left of his article)
April 27– Switchfoot: Multi-platinum San Diego rockers with hits like “Meant To Live”, “Dare You To Move”, and “We Are One Tonight”. Openers: Chicago indie rockers Company of Thieves. (Photos to the left of this article)
April 30– Green River Ordinance: Pop rockers that hit is big in 2009-2010, putting 2 songs in the Top 40 and close to 20 songs on TV, while touring with the likes of Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, and others. [First Fleet]
May 14– Christina Perri: Singer/songwriter whose live performance on TV’s So You Think You Can Dance got her noticed…to the tune of 1 million song downloads and a major label deal. Opener: Sleeping At Last. [First Fleet]
Check out pictures of Switchfoot and Company of Thieves from previous visits to Des Moines in the slideshow in the left-hand column, and watch a video from Frankenstein Brothers in the box right below the slideshow.