Backstage Ball

Thank you everyone who came out to make Backstage Ball 2016 such a success! Click here to view photos from the event





Join us for our annual local music awards ceremony and fundraiser that brings together central Iowa’s music leaders and music lovers. This year we’re celebrating the do-it-yourselfers of the local music scene and we’re ready to party… all that’s missing is you!

Backstage Ball – Celebrating the DIYers

Friday, February 26  |  6:30pm

Lefty’s Live Music

2307 University Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50311

$100 per person

Purchase tickets at MidwesTix

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

Join in the fun as we celebrate and raise funds for DMMC programs like the Summer Music Camp for kids and Music University for local musicians. Festivities will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, awards ceremony, and music performances from Des Moines musicians MarKaus and Volcano Boys. Don’t miss this chance to check out Lefty’s Live Music. The murals and the sound system warrant the hype!

MarKaus is a hip hop artist who runs his own label, MediaFresh Entertainment, and is also the creator of FreshenUP, a monthly music showcase at the Des Moines Social Club. Click here to learn all the words (so you can sing along!) to “Subtracted Morals” by MarKaus.

Des Moines music scene veterans Volcano Boys personify the DIY ethos of indie rock. Click here to see them performing “40 Days and 40 Nights” at the Vaudeville Mews. Then prepare yourself accordingly for an incredible show!


Congratulations to our 2016 Honorees!

Bryan Farland | Kevan Murphy | Seth & Finn Andersen | Lefty’s Live Music owners Erik Brown and Anne Mathey | Bravo Greater Des Moines


Thank you to our generous hosts and sponsors


Fred & Charlotte Hubbell, Susan Skinner & Mark Movic, Angela Johnson, Bruce Koeppl, Harry Bookey & Pam Bass-Bookey, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Business Record, Meredith Corporation, Gateway Market Catering, Blind Photography, Don & Maddie Schoen, Lefty’s Live Music, Saturday Mfg., Shotgun Management, Justin Schoen, Mike & Megan Thibodeau, Margi Weiss & Mike Tramontina, Adrienne Greenwald, Lindy Ireland, Katy & Danny Heggen, Becky Greenwald, Katie Graham, Joey Leaming, MidwesTix, On Pitch


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