The Blendours are an Iowa mainstay more people should know about. For years they have been pumping out track after track of self-described “Ramones-core.” Their Bandcamp discography only dates back to 2014, yet boasts nearly 20 releases filled with quick fire punk gems and power pop gold.
I can’t help but sing the praises of The Blendours because they relentlessly pursue their own vision. They are only making the music they want to make and they are dead set on making a lot of it. Acts like this remind me of the sheer talent and varied genres represented by this year’s GDP lineup.
Prolificacy reigns. Catch The Blendours at 9:45pm as they close out the 4th Street Theatre stage at this year’s GDP.
Written by Bruce James Bales
Learn more about GDP 2017 at iowagdp.com
Catch The Blendours at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 9:45pm at 4th Street Theatre (216 4th St.) and at the Pop-Up Shows on Saturday, April 22 – 5:00pm at Peace Tree Brewing in the East Village
GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). GDP 2017 is made possible with the generous support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Iowa Taproom, Yelp DSM, Confluence Brewing Company, Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, Saturday Mfg., KFMG 98.9 FM, Vaudeville Mews, and 4th Street Theatre.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and across Iowa. Coordinated by the Des Moines Music Coalition and a team of volunteers, the goal of GDP is to organize an event that best supports Iowa musicians and their needs for growth in the music industry.
For 2017, our main objectives are (1) to boost exposure and build the audience for smaller, up-and-coming Iowa acts, (2) to bring more acts from outside Des Moines to expose local artists to new ideas, and (3) to continue supporting the genre diversity represented in the 2016 festival. As in the past, GDP continues to support primarily young and new artists who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way.