Tag: Des Moines

GDP Band Hype: As For You

Every year, GDP opens its ears to the local community and allows them to cast a vote in filling the festival’s lineup. These Community-Selected Artist’s help diversify the bill and offer a collaborative aspect to the production of the festival. The community’s choice to put As For You on the lineup is a testament to… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Pets with Human Names

One of the best things about this year’s GDP is how much new material the lineup is bringing. Most of the acts are either riding the wake of a recent album release, in the middle of recording, or currently releasing new singles. Des Moines rock trio, Pets With Human Names, are one such band. Following… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Younger

Every year, the GDP lineup serves as a snapshot of new Iowa music. From folk to hip-hop to metal and everywhere in between, the festival is always an eclectic mix of musical movers-and-shakers across the state. Channelling the likes of Bikini Kill through some of the more rooted Sonic Youth explorations, Younger is what the “Nasty… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Derek Muse Lambert

It’s been a loud month for the otherwise quiet and soft-spoken Derek Muse Lambert. Following a release show for his new cassette, Songs from the Guest Room, early this month, Muse Lambert will also be making a rare solo appearance at this year’s Gross Domestic Product music festival. Muse Lambert’s brand of rust-covered folk ditties… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Golly & the Geebirs

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… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Kaleena

Canadian-born singer/songwriter Kaleena Calcutta has been carving out her place in central Iowa soul music since her relocation to the Midwest. Starting with her 2015 debut, The Beginning, Kaleena has been exploring that unique place where folk and singer/songwriter tendencies meet the soulful, upbeat corners of R&B. Following the announcement of their performance at this year’s GDP,… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Blendours

The Blendours are an Iowa mainstay more people should know about. For years they have been pumping out track after track of self-described “Ramones-core.” Their Bandcamp discography only dates back to 2014, yet boasts nearly 20 releases filled with quick fire punk gems and power pop gold. I can’t help but sing the praises of The… Read more »

Growth of the Des Moines Music Scene

  Des Moines’ music scene may not be on a top ten list, but we’re vying for a spot. We know our music scene is great and we’ve seen it grow significantly over the past ten years with music festivals like 80/35, 515 Alive, Hinterland, and more. We also know our musicians are some of… Read more »

Behind-the-Scenes at Gross Domestic Product 2016

Disclaimer: This is an old photo of past GDP volunteers. We’re too busy to take a new one!!   As a volunteer-driven organization, DMMC depends on our dedicated community of supporters to produce programs like 80/35, Summer Music Camps, and Music University. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a festival of high-community involvement run by one DMMC… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: VaJ of Courage

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… Read more »

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