Top 4 shows: Sept. 23-29
Christopher the Conquered
7 p.m. Saturday: Christopher the Conquered celebrates the release of the album “A Passing Melody” with a performance in the Salisbury House. The album, released via Maximum Ames Records, contains a collection of songs recorded on the Salisbury House’s Steinway piano. We Are The Willows opens the show. 4025 Tonawanda Dr. $25. More info at salisburyhouse.org.
8 p.m. Friday: Blues master Robert Cray brings his soulful selection of songs back to Des Moines this Friday. His latest studio effort, “In My Soul,” debuted at no. 1 on the U.S. Blues Billboard chart. Catch him at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium, 1501 Woodland Ave. $29.50-$39.40. More info at hoytsherman.org.
Freshen Up, Volume 1
9 p.m. Friday: This edition of the monthly hip-hop showcase delivers performances from MarKaus, Duke The Truth, Toby Dilligent, Top Flight and Horizon. There will also be a spoken word performance from Larry Moore. Catch the show at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. $8. More info at desmoinessocialclub.org.
Hot Buttered Rum
8 p.m. Friday: Embrace Hot Buttered Rum’s version of bluegrass music as the group comes to Des Moines, following a 2015 80/35 appearance, this weekend. The group’s last release, “Hot Buttered Rum,” dropped in 2014. Wooly’s, 504 E Locust St. $12-15. More info at woolysdm.com.