GDP Band Hype: Kaleena

Canadian-born singer/songwriter Kaleena Calcutta has been carving out her place in central Iowa soul music since her relocation to the Midwest. Starting with her 2015 debut, The Beginning, Kaleena has been exploring that unique place where folk and singer/songwriter tendencies meet the soulful, upbeat corners of R&B. Following the announcement of their performance at this year’s GDP,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Good Morning Midnight

So many good bands from Iowa often fly under the radar to other cities around the state. As Iowa continues its current musical renaissance, it can be easy to lose your bearings. Thanks to the good folks at the Des Moines Music Coalition, GDP serves as a compass for new music. This year, our ears… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Ramona & the Sometimes

In my live music experience, an act can usually give you show(wo)manship or an honest artistic expression. It’s rare to find musicians that manage to do both. Yet, Des Moines’ Jill-of-all-trades, Ramona Muse-Lambert, provides just such an experience with her always evolving project, Ramona & the Sometimes (a.k.a. Ramona & the Slimdudes, Ramona & the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Blendours

The Blendours are an Iowa mainstay more people should know about. For years they have been pumping out track after track of self-described “Ramones-core.” Their Bandcamp discography only dates back to 2014, yet boasts nearly 20 releases filled with quick fire punk gems and power pop gold. I can’t help but sing the praises of The… Read more »

GDP 2017 Schedule Announcement

GDP 2017 Iowa Music Fest set for April 29, 2017! 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 announces 16 acts to perform the all-Iowa music festival with Ames’ Neon & Nude (Leslie Hall &… Read more »

Help select 3 artists for GDP 2017!

The 12th Annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th on 4th Street in downtown Des Moines! The main stage will be at Vaudeville Mews with performances and pop-up shows hosted in other spaces throughout the neighborhood. Up to 20 local artists will perform and three of these spots will be selected by the… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – Dedication to Developing the Des Moines Music Industry

Congratulations Phil Young of Wabi Sound on being recognized for his Dedication to Developing the Des Moines Music Industry at the 2017 Backstage Ball awards ceremony! Phil will be honored for his tireless career in music, working with over 70 bands and recording over 50 full-length albums in the past 7 years, not to mention multiple professional music projects of his… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – Volunteers of the Year

Congratulations Michelle and Steve Pohlmeyer on their recognition as Volunteers of the Year at the 2017 Backstage Ball awards ceremony! Michelle and Steve will be honored for all of the tireless hours they have dedicated to the local music scene and other important causes in our community. They are always the first to volunteer! Join us on February 24 at Streetcar 209 to… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – Emcee Brian Campos

Pants OFF! Podcast producer and host, Brian Campos, will honor us with his participation as emcee at this year’s Backstage Ball awards ceremony! Brian has been involved in the music scene as a performer, music fan, and volunteer for over a decade. As a lifelong Des Moines resident, his observations and connections made over the years were the catalyst for the… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year Award

Congratulations Katie Byers on her recognition as the David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year at the 2017 Backstage Ball awards ceremony. Katie will be honored for her dedication to coordinating local house concerts and for helping create house venues across the country. Join us on February 24 at Streetcar 209 to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music… Read more »