Category: Local News

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 »

MU Series to debut at DMMC Festivals in 2017

DMMC ANNOUNCES A NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR MUSICIANS AT 2017 DMMC FESTIVALS Previously a full-day conference, in 2017 the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is launching the redesigned Music University (MU) Series to incorporate new and diverse ways to engage local musicians in professional development opportunities. Participants benefit from engaging with national and local industry… Read more »

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball 2017!

Every year at the annual Backstage Ball, the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of Des Moines’ music scene. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community in 2016? This could be a musician/band,… Read more »

80/35 sets the standard for Midwest music festivals

As a co-chair of the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival, Alison Gerardot plays a key role in the marketing and business development efforts for a multi-day festival featuring 20+ acts from the indie rock, hip hop, and electronic worlds including The Flaming Lips, Best Coast, Doomtree, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Sidewalk Chalk. Taking place on… Read more »

Growth of the Des Moines Music Scene

  Des Moines’ music scene may not be on a top ten list, but we’re vying for a spot. We know our music scene is great and we’ve seen it grow significantly over the past ten years with music festivals like 80/35, 515 Alive, Hinterland, and more. We also know our musicians are some of… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: DJ Eight Ten

There’s a real art to DJing. Between curating playlists, playing to the crowd, and seamlessly mixing between often disparate music, there is an undeniable amount of artistic ability required in order to DJ. It’s a form of music-making rooted in as much history as any other style of musical performance. Not to mention all the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Nostromo

In the TMT preview of their debut 5cm Recordings-released cassette, Entropy, Nostromo was described as an answer to what-if questions like, what if “Ozzy had joined Rush and crashed CBGB’s in 1975?” It’s hard to write better hype than that.       After all, Nostromo shreds through those late 70’s and early 80’s downtuned hard… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Vahnevants

With their 2014 cassette, Bum Out!, The Vahnevants released one of the better albums in recent Des Moines history. Rolling loosely through elements of surf, punk, and rockabilly, each song on the tape runs comfortably at its own pace. The album itself melds the songs together with its appropriately lo-fi production and mountains of reverb… Read more »

Behind-the-Scenes at Gross Domestic Product 2016

Disclaimer: This is an old photo of past GDP volunteers. We’re too busy to take a new one!!   As a volunteer-driven organization, DMMC depends on our dedicated community of supporters to produce programs like 80/35, Summer Music Camps, and Music University. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a festival of high-community involvement run by one DMMC… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Courtney Krause

Courtney Krause needs no introduction. The Des Moines based singer/songwriter has been building toward her 2016 explosion since she began writing music years and years ago. This March finally saw the long-awaited debut release from Krause, Thoughts and Sound. The album is a well-balanced foray into the folk-rooted tendencies of Krause’s powerful blend of country,… Read more »

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