Thursday: Kick off the Iowa State Fair with a free show by rocker Lita Ford at 8 p.m. on the Bud Light State of the Iowa State Faigrounds, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. Free. Ford was a founding member of The Runaways and is known for her own hits like “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Free. Go to iowastatefair.org.
Better Than Ezra
Sunday: Better Than Ezra, which broke through in 1995 with the hit “Good,” plays a Nitefall on the River show at 7 p.m. Sunday at Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E. Locust St. The band has performed regularly over the years and released its eighth album, “All Together Now,” in 2014. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to nitefalldsm.com.
Yes and Toto
Tuesday: Yes and Toto co-headline an Iowa State Fair Grandstand show at 8 p.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and University Avenue. The English prog rock band Yes is known for songs like “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Roundabout.” Tuesday’s show will be one of the band’s first since the death of bassist Chris Squire, who died in June. Toto is best known for hits like “Africa” and “Rosanna.” $35. Go to iowastatefair.org.
Zenith Chamber Music Festival
Tuesday-Aug. 21: Drake University puts on the inaugural Zenith Chamber Music Festival starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Caspe Terrace, 33158 Ute Ave., Waukee, with performances by Anna Reider, Helen Hwaya Kim and others. Additional performances continue at the Des Moines Art Center, Drake University and the Des Moines Social Club. Free. Go to zenith.wordpress.drake.edu.