You’re invited to Backstage Ball 2017!

Developing talent. Building an audience. Expanding our sound. For years we’ve worked to put Des Moines on the national music map and together we’ve created a music city. Now it’s time to turn up the volume!  Join us to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music scene, and help build an even stronger, more diverse… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – Industry Supporter of the Year

Congratulations Brandon Clark on his recognition as Industry Supporter of the Year at the 2017 Backstage Ball awards ceremony! Join us on February 24 at Streetcar 209 to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music scene, and help build an even stronger, more diverse music community. Brandon Clark will be honored for his commitment to protect the musicians and artists in… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2017 – Innovator of the Year

Congratulations Bob & Maria Filippone & Max Wellman on being awarded Innovator of the Year at the 2017 Backstage Ball awards ceremony! Join us on February 24 at Streetcar 209 to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music scene, and help build an even stronger, more diverse music community. Bob, Maria, and… Read more »

Submit to play GDP 2017!

The 12th Annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th in downtown Des Moines! The main stage will be at Vaudeville Mews with performances hosted in other spaces throughout the area. Approximately 20 local artists will perform and three of these spots will be community-selected through an online survey. If you’d like to be considered for one of these… Read more »

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball 2017!

Every year at the annual Backstage Ball, the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of Des Moines’ music scene. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community in 2016? This could be a musician/band,… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Matthew James & the Rust Belt Union

  Sounds of the worked and tired, blue collar and swollen hands over broken homes and poverty.  American music reminiscent of the 1970’s country and blues bands with stories from the hard life sewn into the smooth and sometimes chaotic melodies. A raw, lamenting howl driven by thunderous drums marching to the upright bass and… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Cranes/Vultures

“Cranes/Vultures’ updated take on folk, country, and slight psych-rock transfers…” Aaron Hefel, Counterproductions and The Lift music promoter Dubuque indie-folk/rock trio, Cranes/Vultures, create original acoustic music using folk instrumentation in an adventurous style. Their poignant songs hint of alt-country, indie, and even progressive rock. Singer/songwriter Nate Jenkins entices the listener with his strings and vocals,… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Patresa Hartman

Patresa Hartman brings the mature and soulful voice of a woman who has something to say. Performances are driven by a dynamic set of original songs in what Hartman calls “soul-folk” style. Taking turns behind the guitar and the piano, Hartman’s compositions and delivery meld musical flavors of soul, blues, folk, and even contemporary country…. Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Jess DeWitt & Co

A Midwestern singer-songwriter that is equally heartfelt and whimsical. Jess DeWitt has a talent for finding the humor in the human experience and eloquently translating it to catchy, upbeat tunes accompanied by playful, tongue-in-cheek lyrics. This little lady has a dynamic vocal style and range that never fails to impress. Her music is a charming… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Carbon Canaries

Carbon Canaries is formed out of a musical bond between three friends. They’re made up of Steve Kowbel (guitar, vocals), Andrew Droogsma (guitar, vocals) and Autumn Rupkey (percussion) and they play an array of original songs and covers in an acoustic, folk fashion. Click here to read all of the LBF band previews See Carbon Canaries at Little BIG… Read more »