Backstage Ball

Thank you to attendees, hosts, donors, volunteers, and honorees for making Backstage Ball 2017 such an incredible gathering of like-minded individuals all in support of Des Moines’ growing music scene! We’re so grateful for everyone who came out and packed Streetcar 209 despite the crummy weather. We had a blast and hope you did, too!

Click here to see images from the Feb. 24 generously provided by Blind Photography.


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Developing talent. Building an audience. Expanding our sound. For years we’ve worked to put Des Moines on the national music map and together we’ve created a music city.

Now it’s time to turn up the volume! 

Join us to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music scene, and help build an even stronger, more diverse music community. RSVP today for Backstage Ball 2017


Backstage Ball 2017

Friday, February 24  |  6:30pm

Streetcar 209

525 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

$100 per person | $65 for young professionals

Purchase tickets at MidwesTix

Start bidding on silent auction items!

Can’t join us? Contribute here to show your support!


Congratulations to our 2017 Honorees
Katie Byers * Brian Campos * Brandon Clark * Bob & Maria Filippone, & Max Wellman * Michelle & Steve Pohlmeyer * Phil Young

The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, awards ceremony, Portrait Studio sessions, and live music performances from Americana roots-rockers Ducharme-Jones and Iowa Jazz, Blues and Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer Dartanyan Brown (featuring Tanner Taylor and Scott Dawson). Brian Campos, host of Pants OFF! Podcast, will emcee.

Bid on a guitar signed by Willie Nelson; tickets to Hinterland, 80/35, Lincoln Calling, Des Moines Symphony, and Maha Music Festival; and much, much more!

Volunteer for free admission, free food/drink, new friends, and great music! 

Free, covered parking is available in the State of Iowa parking ramp at Grand and Pennsylvania Ave (one block east of Streetcar 209). 


Thank you to our generous hosts and sponsors:

Harry Bookey & Pam Bass Bookey, Iowa Beverage Systems, Angie Johnson, Meredith, Inc., Mark Movic & Susan Skinner, Bruce Koeppl, Pat McManus, Shotgun Management, Adrienne Greenwald & Zac Andersen, Dave Salaba & Renae Bandstra, Adam Bartelt & April Ziskovsky, Kevin & Maria Brownell, Matt & Samantha Fett, Becky Greenwald, Lindy Ireland, Brady Mallon, On Pitch, Megan & Mike Thibodeau, Margi Weiss & Mike Tramontina, BilT Guitars, Blind Photography, Business RecordEphemera, Gateway Catering, and Streetcar 209.

All proceeds benefit the Des Moines Music Coalition and its work to develop, accelerate, and support local music.

Questions? Visit or contact Lindsay Keast at




Thank you everyone who made Backstage Ball 2016 such a success!

Click here to view photos from the event


Check out highlights from 2015 below: