Alt-rock band 311 comes to play Hoyt Sherman Place this September with Tropidelic

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For those who come to see 311 when the band arrives in Des Moines this summer, attendees can expect the group to come original.

On Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m., the Omaha-based alt-rock band will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., as part of its 27-show tour. Joining the band as a special guest for the performance will be Tropidelic, a reggae-rock band hailing from Ohio, scheduled to play 18 of the appointed shows.

The funky sounds of 311 started in 1990, with two of its founding members —guitarist Nick Hexum and drummer Chad Sexton — who both played music as students at Westside High School in Omaha. Hexum and Sexton are still in the band and the other three members, guitarist Tim Mahoney, vocalist/DJ SA Martinez and bass player P-Nut, have been with the group nearly as long.

The band, whose name comes from the Omaha Police Department's citation for indecent exposure, boasts a catalog of music that draws from a variety of genres including funk and hip-hop.

National reggae-funk band Tropidelic will play a 18 of the 27 shows in 311's 2022 tour as a special guest.
National reggae-funk band Tropidelic will play a 18 of the 27 shows in 311's 2022 tour as a special guest.

Over the course of more than 30 years of performance, the group has been responsible for songs like "All Mixed Up," "Amber," and "You Wouldn't Believe."

Currently, 311 is wrapping up a spring tour that's set to conclude in Del Mar, California, on June 11. After a few months of rest, the band starts up this upcoming tour in Tropidelic's home state with a Sept. 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

Before this latest show, 311 came through Des Moines in 2014 to promote “Stereolithic," the band's 11th album. Since then the band has put out the albums "Mosaic" in 2017 and "Voyager" in 2019.

Last year 311 released a DVD and CD recording of its live Mardi Gras 2020 performance, where the band celebrated 30 years of music.

Tickets for the show, priced from $45 to $79, go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hoyt Sherman Place box office or online at

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Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at or 319-600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

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