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 »

Druids – Monument

Have you had a chance to let Druids rock you recently? Do it. Their latest release, Monument, has been on repeat in the office. The musicianship, production, and overall riffage is undeniably awesome. The five song release was put out digitally, on CD, and 12” vinyl! The guys just destroyed 80/35 again this summer, have… Read more »

Album from Pink Neighbor coming in September!

One of our favorite Iowa groups, Pink Neighbor, has announced their new album Time Beach Universe to be released on vinyl, CD, and digital! We were happy to partner up with the band a couple years back to help the group get set-up to record three of these songs with engineer Patrick Stolley and producer… Read more »

New CD from Ducharme-Jones!

Ducharme-Jones, one of Des Moines’ favorite good times Americana groups, just put out their latest CD Vagabonds & Poets. Whether this is a full group or just the founding two-member husband and wife live show, they always tend to turn the atmosphere into a warm inviting event. Not too heavy and not too soft, this… Read more »

New Single, “Siamese Twin,” from The Fuss

New single “Siamese Twin” by The Fuss is turning heads online and it’s no surprise. The song is amazing!  Groovy, jazzy, hip, and today. They’ve been added to over four Spotify playlists this Summer. Check out this excellent review from Caitlyn Champ at Imperfect Fifth. Get this song on repeat on your phones, computers, and… Read more »