LBF Band Hype: Juliana & A Soul Purpose

You would never guess that Juliana Logan is just 18 years old. The Davenport native sings with a confidence and maturity that musicians many years older wish they possessed. I’m not kidding. When I first listened to this band I thought it was a seasoned crew of road-tested musicians. Instead, it’s a bunch of teenage… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Hadiza

Little BIG Fest Community-Selected Artist and Iowa City band Hadiza takes its name after its leader Hadiza Kubura, who sings — sometimes in French, see “Langue Maternelle” — and plays piano. Regardless of your musical preferences, Hadiza transcends genres to create music that’s just plain good. Kubura’s rich vocals are simply delightful to listen to… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Jess V

Where does Jessica Villegas — aka Jess V — find the time? Does she have a time-turner necklace, à la Hermione in “Harry Potter,” so she can work on all her musical endeavors? We may never know. Here’s what we do know: Villegas also plays in two other Des Moines bands (bass in Foxholes and… Read more »

Welcoming the first DMMC Executive Director, Jarin Hart!

I am incredibly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to advance DMMC’s mission to build a stronger and more diverse music community in greater Des Moines. It is an absolute dream to be in a position to inspire social, economic and environmental change in this great city through music and the arts. As an experienced… Read more »

Announcing Little BIG Fest 2017’s Community-Selected Artists!

The DMMC is proud to present the 12th annual Little BIG Fest – set for November 4, 2017! We’re excited to announce Lily DeTaeye of Des Moines and Hadiza. of Iowa City as 2017’s Community-Selected Artists. Congratulations to these talented Iowa artists! The full festival lineup will be announced Tuesday, September 12. Advance discount tickets on sale now!… Read more »

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 »