Drumroll please, for the almighty Thao Nguyen. Folk rock, indie pop, whatever you want to call it, Thao’s music is catchy AF. Anchored by her Cat Power-esque singing voice and airy arrangements, Thao’s music is ever-evolving and hard to categorize. It’s the kind of music that you find yourself inexplicably dancing to and don’t remember starting, all you know is you just got hit in the face with some Thao.
From the quirky, melodic song “Holy Roller” off the 2013 album “We the Common” to “Meticulous Bird” off the 2016 album “A Man Alive” where her verses flow like the illest of emcees, Thao can flow between the changes in tempo seamlessly, all without ever feeling too contrived. While the Get Down Stay Down won’t be joining Thao for this appearance, Thao can totally get down all on her own.
By Cady Colosimo
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Little BIG Fest is organized by the nonprofit Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. Little BIG Fest 2017 is made possible with generous support from Meredith Inc., Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Bankers Trust, Iowa Taproom, Peace Tree Brewing Co., Iowa Beverage Systems, Yelp DSM, Malo, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Saturday Mfg., Vital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocal, and Des Moines Social Club.
Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul music. The goal of Little BIG Fest 2017 is to showcase female-identified and non-binary musicians successful in the music industry and to spark the imagination of talented performers of all ages in Des Moines. Little BIG Fest’s vision is to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa and for the music industry to embrace a wider variety of musicians as festival headliners.