The Des Moines Music Coalition recently welcomed two new members – Angela Johnson and Mike Utley – to serve on its board and help create a stronger and more diverse live music economy in greater Des Moines. We asked Johnson and Utley to tell us a little bit about themselves, why they love music and what their goals are as board members.
The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition is set to honor five outstanding supporters of local music at the third annual Backstage Ball, a fundraiser to support the non-profit group: David Hurd, Patrick Fleming, Tony Tarbox, Jill Haverkamp, and The Lutherie Shop. The event, Feb. 23 at the Gas Lamp, will feature music by the Dead Yellow Canaries, food and a silent auction. It’s hosted by Fred and Charlotte Hubbell and Business Publications, and sponsored by Meredith Corporation, Flynn Sweeny, and Rock in Prevention.
Are you an aspiring journalist looking to get some clips, or a veteran writer looking to help out local music? Or maybe an avid music fan looking for an opportunity to get free tickets to shows in exchange for articles? The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition is looking for writers reliable and enthusiastic writers to work on all kinds of articles.
After marinating in Cedar Falls for a few years, Marls In Charge is the latest arrival on the Des Moines music scene. The band’s chemistry is tangible, their songs born from years of playing together in dirty basements littered with empty Budweiser cans and cigarette butts. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what genre they play into, but could be described as a mutant hybrid of acid rock, jazz, blues, grunge, and funk.
Musician. Painter. Actress. Web Sensation. Prom Queen. Children’s Television Icon. Wedding Officiant. Gem Sweater Museum Curator. Leslie Hall’s resume is clearly one of the most unique. This legendary Ames figure and worldwide phenomenon has been a fixture in the Central Iowa artistic community for a long time. Now, this bedazzled and bespectacled superstar will launch her first national tour in almost two years.
Clear your calendars for Gross Domestic Product on Saturday, April 14 at Hotel Fort Des Moines. This will be the seventh year we’ve put on GDP. The growth and continued support of this all-local music festival is a great testament to the music movement in Des Moines. Together, we can continue to build a stronger and more diverse live music economy. Please plan to be part of the movement and attend Gross Domestic Product. We promise you’ll discover some great local indie, hip-hop, metal, acoustic, electronic, and pop bands.
The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s (DMMC) third annual fundraiser, Backstage Ball is set for Thursday, February 23 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Gas Lamp. Join us as we celebrate the growth of the music scene, recognize influencers, and raise money to further our mission to grow an independent, progressive live music economy.