The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) and Civic Music Association (CMA) are excited to announce the full lineup that will be playing in this year’s 8th Annual Little BIG Fest, taking place on Friday, November 15 at Wooly’s (504 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309), House of Bricks (525 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309), and Beechwood Lounge (416 E Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309). BUY DISCOUNT ALL-ACCESS PASSES HERE.


This year’s festival features 17 performances by 15 local acts, headliner The Soul Rebels from New Orleans, and a workshop group who will work with The Soul Rebels earlier in the day. This year also marks the first time the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition has collaborated with another nonprofit organization to produce Little BIG Fest.


The Soul Rebels are an eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble that incorporate elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop music. The band has been described by the Village Voice as “the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong.” Since we brought Public Enemy into town a few years back for 80/35 and we wish we could bring Louis Armstrong to Des Moines, we figure it makes sense to have the Soul Rebels swing by! Watch this video to get a feel for what the group is all about:


House of Bricks
Early Show – All-Ages – $7 day-of
5:45pm – Max Wellman
7:15pm – Doctor Murdock
Late Show – 21+ – $7 day-of
10:30pm – Mumford’s (Album Release Show)


All-Ages – $15 adv./$20 day-of
5:15pm – Partners in Music Education & Music University Workshop Performance
7:30pm – The Uniphonics
8:30pm – The Soul Rebels


Beechwood Lounge
21+ – FREE
9:45pm – GoodcaT
10:45pm – SP3
11:45pm – Mighty Shady


All-access passes are currently on sale through Midwestix and are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of show. Individual show tickets available. Visit to purchase tickets.


We are excited to announce the first ever LBF Pop-Up Crawl presented by the Voss Family! Five short acoustic shows will take place in local businesses around the East Village from 5-7pm, featuring pop-up performances from bands that will be hitting the main stages later in the evening. These shows will be totally free. Locations are: Raygun, Hill Vintage, Eden, Capital Chiropractic, and Stitch.
Pop-Up Schedule:
5:00-5:15pm Capital Chiropractic – GoodcaT
5:20-5:35pm Eden – Chad Elliott w/ Bonita Crowe
5:40-5:55pm Stitch – Captains of the Flowered Porch
6:00-6:15pm Hill Vintage -Nemo Orchestra
6:20-6:35pm RAYGUN – Mighty Shady


This year’s Little Big Fest is made possible with support from Tallgrass Brewing Co.Operation Downtown, and Gateway Market. The pop-up crawl is presented by the Carl & Susan Voss.


The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and collaborative movement committed to building a stronger and more diverse live music community in greater Des Moines.


The Civic Music Association exists to engage, enrich and educate the central Iowa community through provocative, world-class musical performances by legends and rising stars.