Tag: Annual Fundraiser

Q & A With Backstage Ball 2020 Performer Robert Espe

We are thrilled to have renowned saxophonist & violinist Robert Espe as one of the performers for our 11th annual Backstage Ball fundraiser and awards party! Robert will be playing live jazz during the VIP Wine & Food Pairing portion of the event from 5-6:30pm. Please take a moment to get to know Robert, his music, and his… Read more »

Q & A with Backstage Ball 2020 Performer The Haunted Hallows

The Haunted Hallows: Americana of a darker kind. Banjo pluckn, moonshine drinkin, grave diggin rhythms mixed w/ haunting harmonies bringing out the darker side of bluegrass. We recently reached out to Ben Burzette of The Haunted Hallows about the behind the scene information we’re craving about the band, and we were not disappointed by the… Read more »

Q & A with Backstage Ball 2020 Performer Lily DeTaeye

The DMMC is so excited to have the very talented and ambitious Lily DeTaeye (and her band!) as one of the performers for Backstage Ball, our annual fundraiser! Please take a moment to get to know Lily, her music, and her involvement in the Des Moines music scene. Click Here for tickets and more information… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: DJ Church

Photo: Danny Carman DJ Church moved to Des Moines from Omaha about three years ago and has been hitting it hard in the music scene ever since. As a self taught DJ, she got into it for the love of music. You’ll often find her doing sets at Heroes, Lime Lounge and Silent Discos. She’s also… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Foxholes

Photo: Clark Wegner Des Moines indie rock group Foxholes features a propulsive rhythm section, jangling electric guitars, smokey vocals, and a healthy dose of reverb to define the band’s 80’s alt throwback sound. Following the band’s debut full-length ‘Can’t Help Myself,’ their sophomore release delivers more strong hooks and expansive tracks and can be found… Read more »

Backstage Ball 2019: Pink Neighbor

Photo: Eva Lewin Groovy. Intimate. Loungey. And of course, neighborly. These are the words Pink Neighbor embodies in sound and vibe. Based in Grinnell, Iowa, multi-instrumentalists Katie In and Erik Jarvis have worked patiently on their songwriting crafts since their teenage years. The deft and diverse output of Pink Neighbor makes this apparent, as they… Read more »

Ben Croghan: Volunteer of the Year – Backstage Ball 2018

Des Moines’ music scene relies heavily on the dedication and hard work of numerous volunteers. It’s a diverse group of do-gooders, comprised of all ages, backgrounds, and motivations. Sure, a good number are probably there to simply sling beer for a few hours in exchange for a free ticket, but for some it’s bigger than… Read more »

MarKaus & Brittan Ashworth: Artist of the Year – Backstage Ball 2018

To be a successful artist can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For Marquas (aka MarKaus) and Brittan Ashworth, it doesn’t mean that you have to run off to the big city and leave your roots behind. To them, success comes from performing with a sense of purpose, and… Read more »

Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance: David Hurd Community Support Award – Backstage Ball 2018

For more than 42 years, Metro Arts Alliance served its mission to strengthen the Des Moines creative community through collaborative events and education. Metro Arts relied on a combination of cultural organizations, artists, businesses, educators, governments, and a variety of other groups to create synergy and connect people to the arts. “[Our mission was] to… Read more »

Hoyt Sherman Place: Industry Supporter of the Year – Backstage Ball 2018

Hoyt Sherman Place has been a landmark building in Des Moines for more than a century and an entertainment venue for decades. It wasn’t until recently, though, that locals started to take note. Enter: Robert Warren. The Executive Director has pushed boundaries, taking risks on booking national touring acts and bringing in top performing artists…. Read more »

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