Author: Lindsay Keast

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball!

Know someone making a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community? Each year at the annual Backstage Ball, DMMC recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of the Des Moines music scene. Fill out the form below to tell us who you’d like to see recognized and why:  

An Interview with Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down)

Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down) has been incredibly generous for this year’s Little BIG Fest (Nov. 4) including taking the time to thoughtfully answer our questions (below) and hosting a special songwriting workshop for the campers of Girls Rock! Des Moines! In our interview, Thao reveals her impression of Des Moines after her 80/35 2016 performance, what we can expect for her solo set… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Jess V

Where does Jessica Villegas — aka Jess V — find the time? Does she have a time-turner necklace, à la Hermione in “Harry Potter,” so she can work on all her musical endeavors? We may never know. Here’s what we do know: Villegas also plays in two other Des Moines bands (bass in Foxholes and… Read more »

Welcoming the first DMMC Executive Director, Jarin Hart!

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance DMMC’s mission to build a stronger and more diverse music community in greater Des Moines. It is an absolute dream to be in a position to inspire social, economic and environmental change in this great city through music and the arts. As an experienced… Read more »

Announcing Little BIG Fest 2017’s Community-Selected Artists!

The DMMC is proud to present the 12th annual Little BIG Fest – set for November 4, 2017! We’re excited to announce Lily DeTaeye of Des Moines and Hadiza. of Iowa City as 2017’s Community-Selected Artists. Congratulations to these talented Iowa artists! The full festival lineup will be announced Tuesday, September 12. Advance discount tickets on sale now!… Read more »

Help select an artist to play Little BIG Fest 2017 – set for Nov. 4

The 12th annual Little BIG Fest (LBF) is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at the Des Moines Social Club! LBF is a celebration of local and regional music featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul genres. Approximately 11 artists will perform and one of these spots will be community-selected through an online survey. The goal of LBF 2017 is… Read more »

Submit to play Little BIG Fest 2017!

The 12th annual Little BIG Fest (LBF) is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at the Des Moines Social Club Basement and Kum & Go Theatre! LBF is a celebration of local and regional music featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul genres. Approximately 12 artists will perform and one of these spots will be community-selected through an online… Read more »

Call for Art: Concert Photography

Call for Art! From the Pit: A Juried Exhibition of Des Moines Concert Photography   Music is the heartbeat of Des Moines. From the Skywalks to venue stages, our city is making noise about the incredible, homegrown talent resonating nationally and overseas. “From the Pit: A Juried Exhibition of Des Moines Concert Photography” highlights the explosion… Read more »

Call for Environmentally Conscious Art at 80/35!

With litter clean-up, recycling, and a free bike valet, 80/35 Music Festival has always been environmentally conscious. For the 10th anniversary, we’re adding composting to reduce unnecessary waste and to practice increasing mindfulness of our ecological footprint! The average American tosses 1,200 lbs. of compostable waste into the landfill each year and as a country,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Lily DeTaeye

Lily DeTaeye may be one of the youngest and lesser known acts playing GDP, but she will undoubtedly not be forgotten. Within seconds of listening to her music it’s apparent that Lily DeTaeye has a long, lucrative future in music ahead of her. Recording her first EP of singer-songwriter material at the age of fifteen,… Read more »

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