The rich culture of Iowa is not without its Latin and African influences. Bands like Iowa City’s The Uniphonics are an example of this deep cultural connection that music can provide, and The Uniphonics have been one of Iowa’s most consistent connections to multicultural music for a decade. People will undoubtedly draw comparisons to groups like The Roots or Matisyahu, but The Uniphonics bring forth a sound all their own.
The rhythms surround you and you cannot help but feel a twinge of joy. That twinge turns into movement and the rest is history. The Uniphonics have the ability to make you forget about any worry you may have and to just move. That is a talent we often take for granted, but music can be more than just entertainment and sometimes it even has the power to heal. Be sure to catch The Uniphonics at 10:45 on the Vaudeville Mews stage.
Written by Bruce James Bales
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.