Category: Backstage Ball

Wells Fargo Foundation: David Hurd Community Support Award- Backstage Ball 2020

Since 2014, the Wells Fargo Foundation has supported DMMC by sponsoring the Community Village at 80/35 and our Youth Music Program. Wells Fargo Foundation has helped to strengthen the Des Moines creative community through their years of supporting community events and education. The Community Village showcases area artists, non-profit organizations and services providing an opportunity to connect the… Read more »

Q & A With Backstage Ball 2020 Performer Robert Espe

We are thrilled to have renowned saxophonist & violinist Robert Espe as one of the performers for our 11th annual Backstage Ball fundraiser and awards party! Robert will be playing live jazz during the VIP Wine & Food Pairing portion of the event from 5-6:30pm. Please take a moment to get to know Robert, his music, and his… Read more »

Q & A with Backstage Ball 2020 Performer The Haunted Hallows

The Haunted Hallows: Americana of a darker kind. Banjo pluckn, moonshine drinkin, grave diggin rhythms mixed w/ haunting harmonies bringing out the darker side of bluegrass. We recently reached out to Ben Burzette of The Haunted Hallows about the behind the scene information we’re craving about the band, and we were not disappointed by the… Read more »

Q & A with Backstage Ball 2020 Performer Lily DeTaeye

The DMMC is so excited to have the very talented and ambitious Lily DeTaeye (and her band!) as one of the performers for Backstage Ball, our annual fundraiser! Please take a moment to get to know Lily, her music, and her involvement in the Des Moines music scene. Click Here for tickets and more information… Read more »

Margi Weiss: David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

For more than a decade, Margi Weiss has worked as a consultant for the DMMC, providing her personal experiences and insight into benefiting the expansion of our music community. Over the years she has focused on educating the public, from childhood to adulthood, about the positive impacts arts can have on a community. We are… Read more »

Jen Carruthers: Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

Jen Carruthers has been heavily involved in the Des Moines music scene over the years. She’s dedicated to expanding the Des Moines music scene both in size and inclusivity through her work with Girls Rock! Des Moines, establishing her business 11 Eleven Productions and working with the DMMC in various capacities. It is through her… Read more »

Darlis Honnold: Volunteer of the Year – Backstage Ball 2019

Des Moines’ music scene is expanding with more people attending live events each year. But for Darlis Honnold, attending wasn’t enough – she wanted to get involved. Honnold has volunteered her time to several music focused organizations where she worked hard and made great friends and many memories along the way. With 9 years of… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: DJ Church

Photo: Danny Carman DJ Church moved to Des Moines from Omaha about three years ago and has been hitting it hard in the music scene ever since. As a self taught DJ, she got into it for the love of music. You’ll often find her doing sets at Heroes, Lime Lounge and Silent Discos. She’s also… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Foxholes

Photo: Clark Wegner Des Moines indie rock group Foxholes features a propulsive rhythm section, jangling electric guitars, smokey vocals, and a healthy dose of reverb to define the band’s 80’s alt throwback sound. Following the band’s debut full-length ‘Can’t Help Myself,’ their sophomore release delivers more strong hooks and expansive tracks and can be found… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Pink Neighbor

Photo: Eva Lewin Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they… Read more »

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