GDP 2017 Iowa Music Fest set for April 29th!

The 12th annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) music festival, hosted by the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC), will be held in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 29, 2017. GDP 2017 will host 16 acts including Ames’ Neon & Nude (Leslie Hall & Kate Kennedy) and Iowa City’s Halfloves to headline. Performances will take place at Vaudeville Mews and 4th Street Theatre with GDP Pop-Up Shows on April 22 in stores around the East Village. The festival will also feature an educational discussion “MU Workshop: Turn It Up to 11” day-of the festival with speaker Eric Quiner (Camp Euforia, Eufórquestra) as part of the Music University Series 2017.

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Only $10 for advance tickets!

For 2017, our main objectives are (1) to boost exposure and build the audience for smaller, up-and-coming Iowa acts, (2) to bring more acts from outside Des Moines to expose local artists to new ideas, and (3) to continue supporting the genre diversity represented in the 2016 festival. As in the past, GDP continues to support primarily young and new artists who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way.

Started in 2006, GDP is an annual, all Iowa music festival featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and across Iowa. Coordinated by the Des Moines Music Coalition and a team of volunteers, the goal of GDP is to organize an event that best supports Iowa musicians and their needs for growth in the music industry.


Follow these links for updates on GDP 2017:

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Music University Series:

DMMC News:


Twitter: (@dmmc)

Instagram: (@desmoinesmc)

Official Hashtag: #GDPfest17


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What people are saying:

“Thank you so much Des Moines for having [me] at GDP. What a marvelous festival! Iowa music culture is so beautiful!” – MR NASTI

“Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you to the DMMC and everyone who came out for making GDP so special. So much great art is happening in IA! #GDP2013” – The Wheelers

“Thank you to all of you who put in countless hours to put on such a great event (GDP).” – Josh Tilton, Gimikk




Thank you to our generous GDP 2017 sponsors!


GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). GDP 2017 is made possible with the generous support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, The Iowa TaproomYelp DSMConfluence Brewing CompanyVital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocalGateway CateringSaturday Mfg.KFMG 98.9 FMVaudeville Mews, and 4th Street Theatre.

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