So many good bands from Iowa often fly under the radar to other cities around the state. As Iowa continues its current musical renaissance, it can be easy to lose your bearings. Thanks to the good folks at the Des Moines Music Coalition, GDP serves as a compass for new music. This year, our ears turn to Iowa City act, Good Morning Midnight — the solo project of Des Moines’ Charlie Cacciatore and one of this year’s Community-Selected Artists.
GMM’s music meets in the middle between singer/songwriter tendencies and 90’s alt rock. Tracks like “Burial Ground/Breeding Ground” push towards nine minutes, but feel much shorter because of Cacciatore’s dynamic songwriting and ability to engage listeners. On the other hand, quieter tracks like, “I Will Be Patient” carries itself with a looser, more atmospheric air, feeling like an interstellar walk for a fresh pack of cigarettes.
With a debut full length, Basket of Flowers, in the works since last September, Good Morning Midnight’s set at this year’s GDP is sure to be filled with new material from this exciting new Iowa artist. See them at 6:45 on the 4th Street Theatre stage.
Written by Bruce James Bales
Learn more about GDP 2017 at iowagdp.com
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.