Iowa City is like a musical incubator. While other cities seem to book themselves with bands still trying to find their footing, Iowa City bands seem to appear out-of-nowhere, fully operational and ready to surprise unexpecting Iowa listeners.

That unexpected quality is what makes the hush-hush nature of our state’s vibrant music community so interesting year-after-year. Take Starry Nights for example. The project was formed in downtime between Lipstick Homicide sessions by the band’s guitarist, Kate Kane, and has since grown to a full-band outfit.

In February, they dropped their debut album, Star Signs, via LA’s Public School Records. Each of the album’s twelve songs were inspired by zodiac signs, celebrity daydreams, and the manic energy of Midwest boredom. They’ll make be making their debut Des Moines appearance at this year’s GDP on the Vaudeville Mews stage at 10:00.

Written by Treynor Reis

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See Starry Nights perform at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 10:00pm 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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