One of the best things about Gross Domestic Product is the eclectic nature of its lineup. The festival consistently serves as a snapshot of the year in Iowa music. It seamlessly books artists from all genres throughout the state alongside one another in a way that speaks to the liveliness of Iowa culture moreso than any specific genre it may include.
On a smaller scale, Vaj of Courage does the same thing as a band. Their music morphs from song to song, often shapeless in genre but for the nods to Soul and R&B underpinned in various folk instrumentation. On top of that, the band’s multi-instrumentalist cast shifts between instruments throughout their live set, giving the band itself a certain undefinable quality.
– By Trey Reis of DSM Shows
Learn more about VaJ of Courage on their Facebook page.
GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Guitar Center, Hy-Vee, The Blazing Saddle, Saturday Mfg., VolunteerLocal, Wooly’s, DSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.
Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.