DMMC Board Welcomes Two New Members

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.

DMMC to Honor Outstanding Supporters of Local Music

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.

Ames Music: What the Hell Happened?

There is a perception that Ames has a music scene bursting at the seams right now, and it certainly does have its fair share of great music, with shows popping up frequently and new bands and collaborations starting all the time. I’ve been asked to write about what the catalyst for the recent burst of activity was in Ames music, and though I’m certainly no expert, I’m happy to offer my take on it, knowing that I’m probably going to miss some important details. So let’s insert that little caveat you see on DVDs, about how the commentary of this article doesn’t reflect the opinions of anyone other than the person spouting off those opinions.

DMMC looking for website writers

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.

Band review: Marls In Charge

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.

Leslie and the Lys to Go On National Tour: Celebrate with 7” Release and Ames Kickoff Party

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.

Gross Domestic Product Set for April 14, Band Submissions Due Feb. 13

GDP_2012Clear 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.

DMMC’s Backstage Ball, Feb. 23 at Gas Lamp

bsb2k12_webgraphicThe 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.

2012 80/35 Call for Vendors

Interested in vending food or merchandise at 80/35 on July 6 and 7, 2012?  We’re looking for vendors offering great food and fun stuff to help make this year’s festival unforgettable!  Download all the information you need here.  The deadline for submissions is March 15th, so get on it!

Album review: Lick It Ticket

We all know what it is to listen to music that makes us feel dumber (remember Mmm Bop?). A few years back, a Cal Tech grad student actually charted this out, correlating ACT and SAT scores with students’ favorite music. Jazz and pop didn’t fare well on Virgil Griffith’s grid, but he clearly didn’t factor in the smart new release by Lick It Ticket. The Cedar Falls band has made a sophisticated sound its playground, fusing modern jazz and pop with indie, funk, blues, jam, progressive rock and IDM (look that up, Virgil!) and crafting it into a self-titled album featuring 12 bright, original tunes.