Canadian-born singer/songwriter Kaleena Calcutta has been carving out her place in central Iowa soul music since her relocation to the Midwest. Starting with her 2015 debut, The Beginning, Kaleena has been exploring that unique place where folk and singer/songwriter tendencies meet the soulful, upbeat corners of R&B.

Following the announcement of their performance at this year’s GDP, the band has hit the grindstone, releasing two new singles in as many months (S.G.E. – Second Guessing Everything and Want You So Bad) in preparation for the band’s new album in the fall. Both singles mark a distinctive thickening of the band’s sound and production, providing a sense of moodiness and atmosphere.

Considering the momentum she’s built up behind her, it’s no wonder Kaleena was one of only a few Community-Selected Artists for this year’s Gross Domestic Product. See her performance on the 4th Street Theatre stage at 7:30.

Written by Treynor Reis

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Catch Kaleena at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 7:30pm at 4th Street Theatre (216 4th St.) and at the Pop-Up Shows on Saturday, April 22 – 3:00pm at Plain Talk Books

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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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