Wednesday: Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding returns to Des Moines, bringing her “Emily’s D+Evolution” performance piece to Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., at 7:30 p.m. The performance is a series of musical vignettes, based on a fresh persona Spalding created. $25. Go to woolysdm.com.
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Friday: Jack’s Mannequin/Something Corporate frontman Andrew McMahon brings his new project, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness to Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., at 7:30 p.m. McMahon released the self-titled In the Wilderness album last year. Sarah Jaffe opens. $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Go to woolysdm.com.
Gas Lamp Does Des Moines Arts Festival
Saturday: Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave., hosts a day of free music to draw in arts festival-goers starting at 2 p.m. The lineup features Holy White Hounds, The Modern Era, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters and more. Free before 8:30 p.m., $5 after. Go to gaslampdsm.com.
Voodoo Glow Skulls
Sunday: California ska band Voodoo Glow Skulls performs at 6 p.m. at Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave. The band has been making music for more than 25 years, releasing its ninth album, “Break the Spell,” in 2012. Slow Children and Sniper 66 open. $15. Go to leftyslivemusic.com.