In my live music experience, an act can usually give you show(wo)manship or an honest artistic expression. It’s rare to find musicians that manage to do both. Yet, Des Moines’ Jill-of-all-trades, Ramona Muse-Lambert, provides just such an experience with her always evolving project, Ramona & the Sometimes (a.k.a. Ramona & the Slimdudes, Ramona & the Swimsuits, etc.).
Her untidy brand of rainbow pop, is both clever and honest, loose and catchy, awkward and awesome. It’s a show in which the grandiosity serves to highlight the mundanity of life, rather than separate itself from it.
Between the absurd costumes, the lyrical narratives, and the colorful set designs, Ramona & the Sometimes change as much from song to song as they do from set to set. Meaning, their performance at this year’s GDP festival is sure to be unlike anything you’ve seen before, and unlike anything they’ll give you again. See for yourself on the 4th Street Theatre stage at 6:00pm.
Written by Treynor Reis
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.