Tag: DMMC

Music Education Goes Virtual

Des Moines Public Schools originally planned to re-open on April 13th, but now there is still doubt from the community and school administrators that the date will still hold for students to return. While we all wait as patiently as we can, staying home and practicing social distancing, new measures are being taken to engage… 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 »

Now accepting nominations for Backstage Ball 2017!

Every year at the annual Backstage Ball, the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a meaningful contribution to the improvement of Des Moines’ music scene. Do you know someone who has had a positive impact on the Greater Des Moines music community in 2016? This could be a musician/band,… Read more »

LBF Band Hype: Matthew James & the Rust Belt Union

  Sounds of the worked and tired, blue collar and swollen hands over broken homes and poverty.  American music reminiscent of the 1970’s country and blues bands with stories from the hard life sewn into the smooth and sometimes chaotic melodies. A raw, lamenting howl driven by thunderous drums marching to the upright bass and… Read more »

Announcing Greyhounds to headline Little BIG Fest!

Discounted tickets are available for the Little BIG Fest music festival on Saturday, Nov. 5th at Wooly’s in downtown Des Moines. We have an incredible lineup this year including headliners Greyhounds and Daphne & the Mystery Machines with support from Colter Wall and nine talented Iowa acts from roots, country, singer-songwriter, blues, and soul genres. Volunteer for FREE tickets or enter to win FREE tickets to LBF by completing this short survey…. Read more »

GDP Band Hype: DJ Eight Ten

There’s a real art to DJing. Between curating playlists, playing to the crowd, and seamlessly mixing between often disparate music, there is an undeniable amount of artistic ability required in order to DJ. It’s a form of music-making rooted in as much history as any other style of musical performance. Not to mention all the… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: Nostromo

In the TMT preview of their debut 5cm Recordings-released cassette, Entropy, Nostromo was described as an answer to what-if questions like, what if “Ozzy had joined Rush and crashed CBGB’s in 1975?” It’s hard to write better hype than that.       After all, Nostromo shreds through those late 70’s and early 80’s downtuned hard… Read more »

GDP Band Hype: The Vahnevants

With their 2014 cassette, Bum Out!, The Vahnevants released one of the better albums in recent Des Moines history. Rolling loosely through elements of surf, punk, and rockabilly, each song on the tape runs comfortably at its own pace. The album itself melds the songs together with its appropriately lo-fi production and mountains of reverb… 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: Courtney Krause

Courtney Krause needs no introduction. The Des Moines based singer/songwriter has been building toward her 2016 explosion since she began writing music years and years ago. This March finally saw the long-awaited debut release from Krause, Thoughts and Sound. The album is a well-balanced foray into the folk-rooted tendencies of Krause’s powerful blend of country,… Read more »

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