The seemingly infinite canvas of sprawling Iowa landscape is perfect for the deeply reflective soul music of Dustin Smith. Separate from his full-band outfits, his solo endeavor allows time to sort through the tangles of love instead of trying to command it.

It is this humble reflection and exploration that makes Smith’s music incredibly relatable. He isn’t sugar-coating things. He is singing and asking himself questions that he does not yet know the answer to; questions that we will all find ourselves asking.

This reflection is evident in tracks like “Push,” which has a beautiful video created by Cole Norum to accompany it. In the video, Smith not only sings about his recent journeys, but guides us through them. Dustin give us space and breath with his new music. He provides an opportunity to live with his words, to feel them stretch across this spacious landscape. See his GDP performance at 6:15 on the Vaudeville Mews balcony.

Written by Bruce James Bales

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See Dustin Smith perform at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 6:15pm at Vaudeville Mews (212 4th St.)!

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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 TaproomYelp DSMConfluence Brewing CompanyVital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocalSaturday Mfg.KFMG 98.9 FMVaudeville 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.

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