Clear your calendars for Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, April 14 at Hotel Fort Des Moines. This will be the seventh year we’ve put on GDP. The growth and continued support of this all-local music festival is a great testament to the music movement in Des Moines. Together, we can continue to build a stronger and more diverse live music economy. Please plan to be part of the movement and attend Gross Domestic Product. We promise you’ll discover some great local indie, hip-hop, metal, acoustic, electronic, and pop bands.
The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s (DMMC) third annual fundraiser, Backstage Ball is set for Thursday, February 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Gas Lamp. Join us as we celebrate the growth of the music scene, recognize influencers, and raise money to further our mission to grow an independent, progressive live music economy.
Des Moines band Holy White Hounds is being immortalized in a music documentary from Jessica Kaemmer, who’s spending her own money to showcase their journey: from when they met, to their first project (The Dig Angees) to their current project.
While on hiatus from Radio Moscow, bassist Zack Anderson and drummer/guitarist Cory Berry began working on a side project with Zack’s girlfriend, Elin Larsson, called Blues Pills. While retaining the rhythmic intensity of Radio Moscow, having Elin on vocals took Blues Pills in a different direction, emphasizing melody and molding the blues/psychedelic sound into more of a Led Zeppelin direction, while also having its own sense of identity (Elin sings one of the band’s most popular numbers in her native Swedish tongue).
A psychadelic blues-rock group comprised of central-Iowa natives Parker Griggs, Zach Anderson and Cory Berry has disbanded after an on-stage dispute Jan. 7 in Ames that ended in a flying guitar and more than a dozen stitches.
According to a video posted on YouTube, bassist Anderson and drummer Berry had agreed to do a last tour with the current Radio Moscow lineup. But they then cancelled the tour and announced a break-up due to conflicts within the band – conflicts that were highlighted in the video.
It might be cold outside, but the Des Moines Downtown Marriott Lobby, Ballrooms and Rock River Lounge will be smokin’ hot Sat., Jan. 28, when the Central Iowa Blues Society welcomes 10 acts on 6 different stages.
Wristbands for BluesFest are $12 in advance and available online at www.cibs.org. Price is $15 at the door.
This year’s Winter Blues Fest has something to satisfy everyone’s Blues Soul!
St. Paul indie-pop duo Daymoths will be at the Vaudeville Mews on Thursday, Jan. 12 with Dresden Style and Hearts Without People. The 21-and-over show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.
When you think of the arts and culture activities that make a region a place you want to live, what comes to mind? If you’re like many in our community, you think of music.
Because you know that music is the cornerstone of a creative, vibrant culture. Music has the power to bring people together, to energize young and old alike and to revitalize communities.