Friends and Volunteers of the DMMC:
Part of the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s mission is to support the music economy of Central Iowa. One of the most important music venues in our region, Val Air Ballroom, is in trouble and needs help. You may have heard about a group of residents in Des Moines’ Waterbury neighborhood who have complained about noise from the Val Air. While the Val Air has tried its best to adhere to the city code, and address the issues, complaints continue to come from this group of residents. Sound readings taken from the Waterbury neighborhood are consistently well below the legal threshold, but since the law requires that the readings be taken on the Val Air property, a number of tickets have been issued. Now, the the Val Air management is evaluating the long-term viability of operating the venue.