1. Dorothy found the wizard
Sounding like a lovechild of the White Stripes and The Black Keys with soulful female vocals, be ready to get your rock on with Dorothy, the band featuring Budapest-born singer Dorothy Martin. Charming Liars will be opening the show at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Anthem. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11.
2. Singer, songwriter, Sprawl
Do you like unique singer/songwriters? We sure do, and we know we’re in for a treat when Paul Sprawl performs at the Redbird Café in South Sioux at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 13. Expect to hear his rich, baritone voice accompanied by harmonica and acoustic guitar music utilizing a bottleneck slide. The Redbird Café is located in the South Sioux Public Library, 2121 Dakota Ave.
3. Get your “aaaargh” on!
Enjoy the sounds of sea shanties as well as light pop music and classic American folk songs when the Abu Bekr Chanters take over the Betty Strong Encounter Center, 900 Larson Park Road, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the concert. Ahoy, me mateys!
4. Turn up the heat!
Have a hankering for the blues? If so, head down to this week’s Downtown Live so you can check out Mississippi Heat, the “traditional blues band with a unique sound.” If you are a blues band that Buddy Guy praises, then you must be doing something right! This will be taking place from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 in front of the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 4th St. Admission is $3.
5. Salamanders and snakes and raptors, oh my!
No, fans of the "Jurassic Park" series, you won’t get to see your favorite extinct animals such as the velociraptor, but you will get to see their descendants scarfing down on their favorite food items at the Live Animal Lunchtime at 4:30 p.m., Aug. 9 at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road (Hwy. 12). At 7 p.m. the following night, Aug. 10, the nature center will host an Evening Campfire to celebrate this beautiful summer. Folk and bluegrass artists, Central Time, will be playing, and s’mores are included. Both events are free to the public.
6. Who want to be a music millionaire?
OK, so no one will walk out of the venue with a million bucks (unless you arrive there with an extremely loaded wallet), but everyone has the opportunity to win cash prizes at The Marquee’s Music Trivia Night. Get together with your friends (teams can be up to four people) and show your musical knowledge as Marquee owner Mitch Martin throws you obscure questions. Entry is free, and it runs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at The Marquee, 1225 Fourth St.