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Top 4 shows: May 13-19

City Sounds Season Opener

Saturday: City Sounds opens its public pianos for the season with five mini concerts in one evening. Andy Fleming and Matt Jesson of Brother Trucker perform from 5-5:30 p.m. at E. Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, Janey Hooper at The Hub Spot from 5:30-6 p.m., Anna Gebhardt of Annalibera at the Wellmark YMCA from 6-6:30 p.m., Tanner Taylor at the Central Library from 6:30-7 p.m. and Jordan Mayland of about a dozen bands from 7-7:30 p.m. at Ted’s Coney Island on Ingersoll Ave. Free. Go to

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

Saturday: Six bands will compete in the Iowa Blues Challenge finals starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Marriott, 700 Locust St. Eastside Brothers, Dan Peart, Tina & Brandon, Mother Ship Blues Band, Wooden Nickel Lottery and Zach Harris Band will compete for cash, prizes and entry into the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. $10. Go to

Chris Carmack

Saturday: “Nashville” star Chris Carmack performs his country music at 8 p.m. at the Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. Carmack recently released his first country EP, “Pieces of You,” and has plenty of songs from “Nashville” to perform. $25. Go to


Monday: The Pittsburgh punk band Anti-Flag performs at 7:30 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. The band is known for its political songs like “Death of a Nation,” “War Sucks, Let’s Party” and “The Modern Rome Burning.” Later this month Anti-Flag will release its ninth album, “American Spring.” The Homeless Gospel Choir, War on Women and Switchblade Saturdays open. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Go to