The Show: Fri., Dec. 30 at Adventureland


Singers, rappers, musicians, are you ready to put on a show? LaunchPad DMI Entertainment wants to help you “Launch Your Talent” at “The Show” where your city’s best talent will be competing for $5000 cash. Friday, December 30, 2011 at Adventureland Palace Theater.

PCC song featured in Shaun White video

A song from local indie-rock favorites The Poison Control Center provides the background music for a new Burton Snowboards video featuring Shaun White.


The song is “Underground Bed (Instrumental)” from the album Stranger Ballet.

Home for the Holidays II at People’s Court on Dec. 22

The Iowa-natives-turned-Colorado-residents, Eufórquestra, return home December 22nd for the second installment of a special holiday concert benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa. “Home For The Holidays II” takes place at People’s in Des Moines and will feature a headlining set by Eufórquestra, as well as supporting sets by Iowa City-based American-roots songwriter David Zollo and Des Moines-based singer/songwriter Maximilian Eubank.


The doors open at 8 p.m., with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The show is 21-and-over.

Help the Val Air Ballroom – from the DMMC President

valairFriends and Volunteers of the DMMC:


Part of the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition’s mission is to support the music economy of Central Iowa.  One of the most important music venues in our region, Val Air Ballroom, is in trouble and needs help.  You may have heard about a group of residents in Des Moines’ Waterbury neighborhood who have complained about noise from the Val Air.  While the Val Air has tried its best to adhere to the city code, and address the issues, complaints continue to come from this group of residents. Sound readings taken from the Waterbury neighborhood are consistently well below the legal threshold, but since the law requires that the readings be taken on the Val Air property, a number of tickets have been issued.  Now, the the Val Air management is evaluating the long-term viability of operating the venue.


Envy Corps at People’s Court Dec. 8

Anyone familiar with the DMMC is undoubtedly familiar with The Envy Corps. Their striking pop rock sounds and epic stage shows have been a part of many of DMMC’s events such as Gross Domestic Product and 80/35. With stints touring with such luminaries as The Killers, playing some of the biggest festivals in the world, and having songs featured on major motion picture soundtracks, The Envy Corps were absent from the Des Moines scene for an extended period. After taking some time off to rediscover their sound, The Envy Corps return to People’s Court on December 8 for an all ages show at 7pm. They will be playing old favorites as well as songs of their new album “It Culls You,” their first LP in three years, which was released in mid 2011.

PCC earns notoriety for 2011 album, performance

Local Indie-rock band The Poison Control Center has earned accolades from The A.V. Club for having one of the best albums and one of the best live shows of 2011. The A.V. Club is an entertainment website published by The Onion.

Music University: The Future of the Music Industry – December 15

The DMMC’s free music business education series, Music University will hold a panel on The Future of the Music Industry on Thursday, December 15 at 6pm at Ritual Café at 1301 Locust Street in Des Moines.

The music industry has shifted greatly over the past 10 years from how we discover music to how bands interact with fans to new business models to make money. Join us for a discussion about how the music industry in Des Moines and across the country has changed and where it’s headed.

DMMC Member Spotlight: Cathy Vrentas

Last week we went behind the scenes with Patrick Tape Fleming of The Poison Control Center to get a glimpse of his favorite 80/35 memories and what being a member of the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition means to him. We’re excited to share another member spotlight with you this week, featuring DMMC member and Events and Festivals Committee volunteer, Cathy Vrentas.

Name: Cathy Vrentas


Hometown: Grew up in PA, currently live in Ankeny


Company: Government scientist in Ames

DMMC Member Spotlight: Patrick Tape Fleming

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a DMMC member? To celebrate our upcoming annual membership drive and event, Music Saves, on December 4 at Badowers, we’re going to feature a few of our DMMC members to give you a glimpse into their experiences and what being a DMMC member means to them. Up first is Patrick Tape Fleming of The Poison Control Center

LBF preview: The Workshy

The Workshy, a five-piece band from Ames, will bring their blend of funk, fusion and jam sounds to the Hotel Fort Des Moines on Nov. 18 as part of Little Big Fest.


The group began playing together in 2008, and have since shared the stage with acts such as Radio Moscow, Euforquestra and Family Groove Company. Their influences range from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles to Bob Marley, Miles Davis and Santana.