Developing talent. Building an audience. Expanding our sound. For years we’ve worked to put Des Moines on the national music map and together we’ve created a music city.

Now it’s time to turn up the volume! 

Join us to celebrate individuals making noise in and about Des Moines’ music scene, and help build an even stronger, more diverse music community. RSVP today for Backstage Ball 2017

2017 Honorees
Katie Byers * Brian Campos * Brandon Clark * Bob & Maria Filippone, & Max Wellman * Michelle & Steve Pohlmeyer * Phil Young

The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, awards ceremony, Portrait Studio sessions, and live music performances from Des Moines native and international up-and-comer Max Jury and Iowa Jazz, Blues and Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer Dartanyan Brown (featuring Tanner Taylor and Scott Dawson). Brian Campos, host of Pants OFF! Podcast, will emcee.

Bid on instruments signed by Willie Nelson, Dartanyan Brown, and Max Jury!


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Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Harry Bookey & Pam Bass Bookey, Iowa Beverage Systems, Angie Johnson, Bruce, Koeppl, Meredith, Inc., Mark Movic & Susan Skinner, Shotgun Management, Pat McManus, Adrienne Greenwald & Zac Andersen, Dave Salaba & Renae Bandstra, Kevin & Maria Brownell, Matt Fett, Becky Greenwald, Lindy Ireland, Brady Mallon, On Pitch, Megan & Mike Thibodeau, Margi Weiss & Mike Tramontina, BilT Guitars, Blind Photography, Business Record, Ephemera, Gateway Catering, and Streetcar 209.


All proceeds benefit the Des Moines Music Coalition and its work to develop, accelerate, and support local music.

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