Golly & the Geebirs may be one of the newest acts to play GDP, but they carry themselves with a comfortability and confidence normally reserved for more seasoned groups. Every Golly & the Geebirs song is a smooth compendium of each member, combing through layers of punk, psych, and garage rock. However, it’s the contagious sense of playfulness this band oozes that sets them apart.

This oozing is indicative of their sound, crashing like seafoam green waves cresting, falling, and sinking your feet into the sand. That exuberance alone pulls you in, and although it might thrash you around, rest assured it will set you back down safe and sound.

With a new album recorded by Phil Young at Wabi Sound in the works, Golly & the Geebirs is in for the long haul. I suspect they’ll be one of the biggest earworms at this year’s GDP. Catch their set at 4:30 on the 4th Street Theatre stage.

Written by Bruce James Bales

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Catch Golly & the Geebirs at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 4:30pm at 4th Street Theatre (216 4th St.) and at the Pop-Up Shows on Saturday, April 22 – 3:30pm at RAYGUN!

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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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