Watch an Iowa band perform a pop-up barbershop show
The members of Des Moines band Towncrier don’t really need haircuts, but that didn’t stop them from setting up in Beaverdale’s Franklin Barber Shop for a stripped-down performance.
The traditionally five-member alternative rock group set up as a three-piece for a barbershop trio performance of a track called “The End,” which opens the band’s newly re-released record, “The End … And Everything After.” Initially released in 2006, the tracks were remixed and remastered for the 2016 rebirth.
All five member of Towncrier are set to take the Wooly’s stage in Des Moines' East Village on Friday for a performance celebrating the re-release. The show, which costs $10 in advance, kicks off at 7.30 p.m. and is also set to feature performances from Damon Dotson and Rudy York.
The album re-release dropped Wednesday, the band said on Facebook. The group disbanded in 2008, then reunited in 2015.
“Over the past year, we've been opening the windows and sweeping the floors of this old band, breathing new life into something we'd left untended for a while,” the Facebook post said.
The video comes as part of Juice Side Sessions, a bi-monthly video series highlighting Iowa artists performing in nooks and crannies across Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. Artists have performed at the Bridges of Madison County, on a downtown rooftop and even on the back of a Des Moines bike taxi. With winter coming, a session may pop up at a local skating rink or inside notable Des Moines businesses.
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Find more music from Towncrier at Facebook.com/towncrierband and learn more about the Franklin Barber Shop at Facebook.com/franklinplazabarber.