Author: Christopher Ford

Nominations for Backstage Ball awards now open

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 the area’s music scene over the course of the previous year. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community… Read more »

Jack Lion + Kris Adams at Des Moines Social Club on Nov. 14

Jack Lion, an ambient/electronic/jazz trio from Iowa City, will be performing at the Des Moines Social Club with local musician Kris Adams on November 14 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7. The show is part of their JAC EP tour, supporting the release of their newest EP, which you can purchase on cassette with a digital… Read more »

City Voices Summer Recital

City Voices students from five Des Moines Public Schools present their summer recital on Thursday July 31st at St. John’s Lutheran Church beginning at 7pm. The event will include classical, contemporary, and music theater genres; as well as the City Voices a cappella group. No admission charge, but donations will be accepted! Please join us… Read more »

Music Under the Canopy : The Jazz Festival

The next Music Under the Canopy event begins next Friday! The Jazz Music Festival presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Civic Music Association will take place August 1-3 at Brenton Skating Plaza in Downtown Des Moines.  Please see the complete schedule below.   Jazz Music Festival presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Civic Music Association   Hiroshima – Friday – August 1 Advance… Read more »

Album Review: ‘Skies & Shadows’ – Ryan Sheeler

This review was written by volunteer contributor Jeff Stagg. Want to write for this website? Contact Us! Central Iowa’s Ryan Sheeler’s latest offering, “Skies & Shadows”, has nine heartfelt songs by the singer/songwriter.  All but two of the songs were written solely by the artist.  Mr. Sheeler lists as one of his influences, Steven Curtis… Read more »

Volunteer Opportunity // Des Moines Arts Festival

Come volunteer with the DMMC at this years Des Moines Arts Festival! Volunteering opportunities will be available from Friday June 27th until Sunday June 29th. Volunteers who cover one of the available shifts will be offered the choice of a FREE ONE-DAY PASS to either Friday or Saturday of 80/35!

Suburban Panic // OMGDSM

Listen to OMGDSM’s 3rd episode, City Sounds, featuring Christopher Ford, Kathryn Dickel, and Rae Fehring. Hear about what’s going on in your city, the organizations that make it all happen, and how you can be a part of the Des Moines music scene!

Artists Wanted!

The Artist-Mentor for Music leads a weekly workshop of youth who are interested in learning skills in singing, guitar, and/or piano. We are looking for a multi-talented artist that is interested in working with at-risk youth. Patience and openness is a must! Workshops are 2 hours per week, with great potential to grow. If you… Read more »

Waukeye Music Festival // July 19, 2014

The festivals don’t stop at the end of 80/35! Waukeye Music Festival will be taking place on July 19th at Hawkeye Antique Acres, just west of Des Moines. Check out their Facebook page and get your tickets in advance at a discounted rate!

Envy Corps’ ‘Live at ARC’ Premiere

Watch the official trailer for ‘Live at ARC’ before it drops tomorrow, May 29th at The Fleur Cinema & Cafe. The $5 full length premiere will begin at 7:30pm. Check them out at Wooly’s the following night, Friday May 30th with openers Holy White Hounds and MAIDS. Doors at 6:30pm // Show at 7:30pm. Also… Read more »

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