Lineup (more acts TBA)


– Sat., May 26 – Hairball – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $20/25


– Fri., June 1 – The Nadas w/ Steve Poltz – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $15/20


– Tues., June 12 – Jimmy Cliff – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $30/35


– Wed., June 20 – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers w/ Cornmeal – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $25/30


– Thurs., July 5 – Yonder Mountain String Band – Doors 7pm, Show 8pm – $20/25


– Thurs., July 12 – Ingrid Michaelson w/ Greg Laswell – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $25


– Thurs., July 26 – BoDeans – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $15


– Tues., Aug. 21 – Andrew Bird – Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm – $32




Advance tickets for Ingrid Michaelson and Andrew Bird go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10am at Advance tickets for previously announced shows are currently on sale. Tickets will also be on sale at Wooly’s (504 E. Locust St.) with no service fees.


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Ingrid Michaelson – Thurs., July 12 – Doors 6pm, Show 7pm – $25


When she walks into a store in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Ingrid Michaelson is rarely recognized. But once she hands over her credit card to pay, the clerk often pauses, brightens up, and enthusiastically offers a bit of trivia: “Did you know that there’s a singer named Ingrid Michaelson?” Image has never been her priority, but Michaelson has earned enviable name-recognition thanks to her knack for crafting beautiful, idiosyncratic songs such as “The Way I Am,” “Maybe,” and “Keep Breathing.” (Her new album, Human Again, drops January 24 on Cabin 24 Records/ Mom+Pop Music.) And let the record show that her librarian-chic style has nonetheless received a shout-out in The New York Times.


Andrew Bird – Tues., Aug. 21 – Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm – $32


Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird’s projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O’Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers’ Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur. Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil’ Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock. His third album, 2001’s The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As bandmembers remained active in their various other projects, the group continued, and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited-edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo. Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs. He switched to Fat Possum for 2007’s Armchair Apocrypha and 2009’s Noble Beast, both of which were ambitious and eclectic albums even by Bird’s standards. The latter of the two was also available in a deluxe version that included a bonus CD of instrumental works. The second disc, dubbed Useless Creatures, was released independently from its predecessor in October of 2010. The following year, Bird composed the score for Jonathan Segal’s independent coming-of-age film Norman. The film’s score was released in October on the Mom + Pop label. Bird’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, arrived in March of 2012. – All Music


About Nitefall on the River


Nitefall on the River presented by Veridian Credit Union is an annual summer music series at the picturesque Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheatre in downtown Des Moines. Since 1993, Nitefall on the River has attracted a wide range of Central Iowans to enjoy an evening of great live music, beautiful weather, and a welcoming ambiance. Nitefall on the River is also sponsored by Charles Gabus Ford and Iowa Health.


About Veridian Credit Union


Veridian Credit Union, founded in 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa, is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. The credit union offers a full range of consumer financial services and employs more than 500 Iowans throughout 26 branches, including six locations in the Des Moines metro area. For more information, visit or call (800) 235-3228.