Iowa Musicians on Bandcamp: GDP 2019 Edition

Bandcamp, a major online source that countless bands and musicians use for streaming music and selling merchandise, have recently announced they will be waiving their personal fees on Friday to support bands and musicians who use their services. This is currently a devastating time for musicians having to cancel shows, sets, and tours. We thought… Read more »

Wells Fargo Foundation: David Hurd Community Support Award- Backstage Ball 2020

Since 2014, the Wells Fargo Foundation has supported DMMC by sponsoring the Community Village at 80/35 and our Youth Music Program. Wells Fargo Foundation has helped to strengthen the Des Moines creative community through their years of supporting community events and education. The Community Village showcases area artists, non-profit organizations and services providing an opportunity to connect the… Read more »

Video Q & A with Noah Short, Backstage Ball 2020 Volunteer of the Year!

Meet Noah Short, our Backstage Ball 2020 Volunteer of the Year! Since Noah is stationed out in Montana these days he was nice enough to respond via video with Program Coordinator, Jordan Mayland. It’s a great chance to get to know Noah and for him to talk a bit about his volunteer experiences! Noah Short… Read more »
Photo Consent and Credit: Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register

Q & A with xBk (Tobi Parks, Thomas Kutz, & Franklin Codel)- Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year

(Photo Consent/Credit: Kelsey Kremer/Des Moines Register) Supporting local artists through their venue xBk Live and record label Station 1 Records, bringing in regional acts, providing Iowa Public Radio with a great new location for their monthly Studio One Underground series, and now partnering with the DMMC on a monthly concert series, Breaking The Band, geared… Read more »

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 »

Andrew Hoyt Releases New Single and Donates Proceeds to DMMC Music Education!

What a guy! Local musician, Andrew Hoyt, recently released his new song, “Good Morning Des Moines,” on January 31st. The singer/songwriter reached out to the DMMC and had the very thoughtful suggestion of donating the proceeds of the song to the DMMC Music Education programs, such as our after-school programs and music summer camps! Andrew… Read more »

The Vahnevants release new record, “Freakout People”

The Vahnevants could hold their own at a blues festival, any rock show, a country bar, a house show, the back of a bus, or on-stage at 80/35.  There is something familiar about their music and presence, yet, there are parts of their songs that might make you tilt your head and think, “that’s odd…but… Read more »

Music Education and the Return of GDP!

It has certainly been a busy time for the DMMC! As we look back at such a fun year we would like to thank everyone who has ever bought tickets to our events, volunteered, and donated to our cause. We are ending out 2019 by asking for donations towards our programming. These gifts and donations… Read more »