Help select an artist to play Little BIG Fest 2017 – set for Nov. 4

The 12th annual Little BIG Fest (LBF) is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at the Des Moines Social Club! LBF is a celebration of local and regional music featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul genres. Approximately 11 artists will perform and one of these spots will be community-selected through an online survey. The goal of LBF 2017 is… Read more »

Submit to play Little BIG Fest 2017!

The 12th annual Little BIG Fest (LBF) is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at the Des Moines Social Club Basement and Kum & Go Theatre! LBF is a celebration of local and regional music featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul genres. Approximately 12 artists will perform and one of these spots will be community-selected through an online… Read more »

Call for Art: Concert Photography

Call for Art! From the Pit: A Juried Exhibition of Des Moines Concert Photography   Music is the heartbeat of Des Moines. From the Skywalks to venue stages, our city is making noise about the incredible, homegrown talent resonating nationally and overseas. “From the Pit: A Juried Exhibition of Des Moines Concert Photography” highlights the explosion… Read more »

Call for Environmentally Conscious Art at 80/35!

With litter clean-up, recycling, and a free bike valet, 80/35 Music Festival has always been environmentally conscious. For the 10th anniversary, we’re adding composting to reduce unnecessary waste and to practice increasing mindfulness of our ecological footprint! The average American tosses 1,200 lbs. of compostable waste into the landfill each year and as a country,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Lily DeTaeye

Lily DeTaeye may be one of the youngest and lesser known acts playing GDP, but she will undoubtedly not be forgotten. Within seconds of listening to her music it’s apparent that Lily DeTaeye has a long, lucrative future in music ahead of her. Recording her first EP of singer-songwriter material at the age of fifteen,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Uniphonics

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… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: As For You

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… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Halfloves

Following last year’s self-titled debut and last month’s new single, “Wrong Songs,” Halfloves is becoming one of the Iowa’s premiere indie rock outfits. Their level of artistry and commitment is evident with every song and set. Tight is often a word used to describe a band, and while Halfloves certainly have command of their material… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Starry Nights

Iowa City is like a musical incubator. While other cities seem to book themselves with bands still trying to find their footing, Iowa City bands seem to appear out-of-nowhere, fully operational and ready to surprise unexpecting Iowa listeners. That unexpected quality is what makes the hush-hush nature of our state’s vibrant music community so interesting… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Pets with Human Names

One of the best things about this year’s GDP is how much new material the lineup is bringing. Most of the acts are either riding the wake of a recent album release, in the middle of recording, or currently releasing new singles. Des Moines rock trio, Pets With Human Names, are one such band. Following… Read more »