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Rock Legend, Eddie Money and Singer-songwriter, Mat Kearney to Headline the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival ®
Des Moines, IA – March 30, 2015 – Break out your dancing shoes because rock legend, Eddie Money and singer-songwriter, Mat Kearney are set to take the main stage Friday and Saturday evening at the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival®.
Eddie Money burst onto the music scene in 1977 with a self-titled debut album. Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound. The album went double platinum with hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits including “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”
These days, Money continues to captivate new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. As the years have passed, Money has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and have recently been included in hit video games like Grand Theft Auto and Guitar Hero.
Nashville-based Mat Kearney is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter incorporating rock, folk, pop, and hip-hop influences into his music. His breakout album Nothing Left to Lose was released in 2006. Kearney has had several songs on the Top 40 chart including “Nothing Left to Lose,” “Undeniable,” and “Breath in Breath Out.” Kearney released his fifth studio album in February, Just Kids.
Just Kids is full of nostalgia and youthful energy written almost as a love letter to his northwest upbringing in Eugene, Oregon. According to Kearney’s Facebook Page, Just Kids will prove to be his most impactful statement to date. “It’s the most honest record I’ve done,” Mat states. “I tried to bleed each lyric as opposed to just writing songs. I wanted it to be filled with undeniable moments you don’t forget. In that way, it’s like childhood."
“The Des Moines Arts Festival is excited to be a part of the City’s growing music scene. We are more excited that we are able to offer performances by great acts like Eddie Money and Mat Kearney free-of-charge. Our mission is to add vibrancy to Central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate the arts. Live music is an important value of the annual Festival, and thanks to our generous sponsors, we can celebrate popular music across multiple generations.” –Stephen King, executive director Des Moines Arts Festival.
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a three-day, annual arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The free-to-attend Festival invites you to ‘go where it takes you...’ by engaging with 195 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival, and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. #GoWhereItTakesYou
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2015 Des Moines Arts Festival® Invited Artists Announced
DES MOINES, Iowa December 16, 2014 – The Des Moines Arts Festival® has announced the 2015 professional and emerging artists selected to exhibit in the Festival June 26-28 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. 183 invitations have been extended to visual artists from across the nation in the mediums of Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Graphics/Printmaking, Glass, Jewelry, Metalworks, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. In addition to the professional artists, 13 invitations have been extended to artists who submitted an application as part of the Emerging Iowa Artist Program presented by The Principal Financial Group®.
Earlier this month, a panel of five jurors including Stephanie Brunia, Robert Reeves, Michael Schwegmann, Dylan Strzynski and Susan Watts viewed 5,796 images and narrowed down the pool of 966 applicants to 183 invited artists.
The application process was facilitated completely online through ZAPPlication® (ZAPP®), a universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs via the Internet. Applying artists were required to submit six images of their work in a designated medium, including a booth shot, for the five-person blind jury process. The jurors viewed all images by medium and scored each artist.
The full list of invited artists can be found on the Festival’s web site at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.
The Des Moines Arts Festival® (DMAF), presented by Register Media, will be June 26 -28, 2015 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. DMAF is one of the nation’s most respected arts events hosting 194 of the nation’s top artists in a beautiful urban street setting surrounding the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. For more information on the Festival please visit, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival and on twitter at @DMArtsFestival
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Des Moines Arts Festivalâ Wins Coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
Des Moines, Iowa - The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Des Moines Arts Festival® on September 29, 2014, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Des Moines Arts Festival was presented with 21 awards in the prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition. The ceremony culminated with the presentation of the coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award to the annual festival of arts and culture. The Grand Pinnacle Award is the industries highest professional honor and represents recognition across all platforms. Awards were won in the following categories:
GOLD - BEST SINGLE NEWSPAPER DISPLAY AD
GOLD – BEST T-SHIRT DESIGN
GOLD – BEST TARGETED SPONSOR SOLICIATION PACKAGE
GOLD – BEST INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR REPORT
GOLD – BEST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
GOLD – BEST OVERALL MERCHANDISING PROGRAM
SILVER – NEWSPAPER INSERT/SUPPLEMENT
SILVER – COMMEMORATIVE POSTER
SILVER – OVERALL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
SILVER – GREEN PROGRAM
SILVER – CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
BRONZE – PROGRAM WITHIN AN EXISTING EVENT TO BENEFIT A CAUSE
BRONZE – COVER DESIGN
BRONZE – AD SERIES
BRONZE – OUTDOOR BILLBOARD
BRONZE – EVENT INVITATION
BRONZE – STREET BANNER
BRONZE – ON-SITE DÉCOR
BRONZE – COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Sponsored by industry leader Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, the professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington; Boulevardia in Kansas City, MO; Denver Comic Con in Denver, CO; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PA; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, CA; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC and Luminato Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada.
International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”
For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration." The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.
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