Every year, GDP opens its ears to the local community and allows them to cast a vote in filling the festival’s lineup. These Community-Selected Artist’s help diversify the bill and offer a collaborative aspect to the production of the festival.
The community’s choice to put As For You on the lineup is a testament to the lasting strength of the hard rock scene here in Des Moines. Anyone with even a tangential understanding of Iowa music know some of the bigger names in hard rock and metal that have come from our state. So, it’s good to see the genre’s contemporary torchbearers getting the appreciation from the community.
Soaring through soft melodic valleys and reaching heavy rock peaks, As For You is a band about dynamics. They know when to turn it down from 11. That understanding is highlighted in “On My Way,” a single from the new album and the song that earned them their votes for this year’s GDP. It’s a glimpse into the refinement and tightness of the band’s new material, and a hint of what to expect from their GDP performance. See As For You at 9:00 on the 4th Street Theatre stage.
Written by Treynor Reis
Learn more about GDP 2017 at iowagdp.com
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, Iowa Taproom, Yelp DSM, Confluence Brewing Company, Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, Saturday Mfg., KFMG 98.9 FM, Vaudeville Mews, and 4th Street Theatre.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an 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.
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.