Author: Lindsay Keast

80/35 sets the standard for Midwest music festivals

As a co-chair of the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival, Alison Gerardot plays a key role in the marketing and business development efforts for a multi-day festival featuring 20+ acts from the indie rock, hip hop, and electronic worlds including The Flaming Lips, Best Coast, Doomtree, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Sidewalk Chalk. Taking place on… Read more »

Growth of the Des Moines Music Scene

  Des Moines’ music scene may not be on a top ten list, but we’re vying for a spot. We know our music scene is great and we’ve seen it grow significantly over the past ten years with music festivals like 80/35, 515 Alive, Hinterland, and more. We also know our musicians are some of… Read more »

Behind-the-Scenes at Gross Domestic Product 2016

Disclaimer: This is an old photo of past GDP volunteers. We’re too busy to take a new one!!   As a volunteer-driven organization, DMMC depends on our dedicated community of supporters to produce programs like 80/35, Summer Music Camps, and Music University. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a festival of high-community involvement run by one DMMC… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: VaJ of Courage

One of the best things about Gross Domestic Product is the eclectic nature of its lineup. The festival consistently serves as a snapshot of the year in Iowa music. It seamlessly books artists from all genres throughout the state alongside one another in a way that speaks to the liveliness of Iowa culture moreso than… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Bob Bucko Jr.

Remember when you were little and you’d eat all the marshmallows vowels out of your bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal, leaving only the soggy, buoyant consonants bobbing in the discolored milk? The leftover letters would group together to form unpronounceable, nonsensical words and sentences. Half the fun of eating it was making sense of your meal…. Read more »

Call for (Cat) Art!

In conjuction with the 9th life of the 80/35 music festival, the Des Moines Music Coalition is hosting a curated pop-up art exhibition at the Des Moines Social Club on June 30! Requirements: – The art must be cat or kitten-themed – Only 2-dimensional, hanging pieces will be accepted – Pieces selected for the exhibition must be… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Glitter Density

Glitter Density consists of Des Moines natives and lifelong pals, Catherine Lewin and Louise Bequeaith, both of whom attend Theodore Roosevelt High School. Though they hail from musical families and had been playing together since 2011, it wasn’t until early last year that they began playing around Des Moines. Both ends of the band’s musical… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Fetal Pig

Making music since before the members of Glitter Density were born, Fetal Pig represents a Des Moines DIY punk scene that’s been around since before nearly all of the currently active music venues and festivals in the city. Their take on post-hardcore incorporates elements of noise and punk rock, taking a page from acts like… Read more »

Des Moines raised $58,461!

On Tuesday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 4 the DMMC participated in Give Local Des Moines a community-wide event celebrating local nonprofits. During this 24-hour crowd funding event, Give Local challenged Des Moines residents to celebrate the spirit of giving and inspired everyone to give to the nonprofit organizations that make our city stronger and create a thriving… Read more »

Join us May 3 to support Des Moines’ nonprofits!

On May 3, 2016, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59pm, our nonprofit is participating in Give Local Des Moines a community-wide event celebrating local nonprofits. During this 24-hour crowd funding event, we are challenging Des Moines residents to join forces. Together we can celebrate the spirit of giving and inspire everyone to give to the nonprofit organizations that… Read more »

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