Author: Lindsay Keast

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: Colter Wall

Colter Wall is a young Saskatchewan-born songwriter and performing musician. Steeped in Old-Timey material and traditional Americana, Wall’s sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, Folk and Bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, story telling lyrics. Wall draws influence from legends of the past such as Hank… Read more »

Announcing Greyhounds to headline Little BIG Fest!

Discounted tickets are available for the Little BIG Fest music festival on Saturday, Nov. 5th at Wooly’s in downtown Des Moines. We have an incredible lineup this year including headliners Greyhounds and Daphne & the Mystery Machines with support from Colter Wall and nine talented Iowa acts from roots, country, singer-songwriter, blues, and soul genres. Volunteer for FREE tickets or enter to win FREE tickets to LBF by completing this short survey…. Read more »

MU 2016 Showcase THIS SATURDAY!

Music University 2016 and the Des Moines Music Coalition are proud to present this year’s MU Showcase featuring performances by featured guests and talented Iowa artists. The MU Showcase is designed to highlight forward-thinking musical artists based in central Iowa and beyond.   All Ages Tickets: $15 adv/$20 dos Attend the MU Conference and the MU Showcase is… Read more »
Pieta Brown


Little BIG Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at Wooly’s with an after party at Lefty’s. Tickets are on sale now and are half-off through October 2nd! Many local and national musical artists will perform and one of these spots will be selected through an online public survey. By asking the music-loving community of Des Moines to be… Read more »

MU 2016: Call for Art!

In conjunction with Music University, our annual fall music industry conference, the Des Moines Music Coalition is hosting a curated pop-up art exhibition at Hill Vintage & Knits on Oct. 1 from 5-7pm!   If you would like to submit your work for consideration, please read the submission guidelines below:   Requirements: – The art must… Read more »
Pieta Brown


Little BIG Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at Wooly’s in the East Village! Little BIG Fest is an annual music festival featuring roots, singer-songwriter, country, bluegrass, jam, world, blues, jazz, and soul. Many local artists are featured each year and one of those spots will be selected through an online, community survey.   If you’d like to be… Read more »

Donate Today!

Learn More