June 28 - 30, 2019 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Live Music

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Friday, June 22, 8:45 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Since forming in 2012, Sir Sly have forged their singular sound by drawing upon each member's long-honed musical talents: Jacobs's introspective yet infinitely searching lyricism, Suwito's in-studio ingenuity, and Coplen's sophisticated musicianship and sense of songcraft. Orange County natives and friends since high school, Jacobs and Coplen connected with Suwito through the local music scene. Their early collaborations yielded songs like "Ghost," a Neon Gold release that quickly earned buzz online. After making their Cherrytree Records debut with the Gold EP in 2013, Sir Sly put out You Haunt Me (which reached #14 on Billboard's Alternative Albums chart) in September of the following year.

With Don't You Worry, Honey marking a major turning point for Sir Sly, the band feels a stronger sense of artistic purpose than ever before. "As a person who mainly writes lyrics about himself, sometimes I get caught up in this fear that it's wrong or selfish to write so much about my own life," says Jacobs. "What snapped me out of that on this album was going back to the catalog of music that helped raise me, where the songwriters were incredibly honest about their lives in a way that normalized a lot of what I went through growing up. If I can do that for other people, by telling my story and not trying to sugarcoat it, then hopefully I'm able to help them feel a little less out of place in the world."


Saturday, June 23, 8:30 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Spin Doctors honed their performing and songwriting skills during the same vibrant downtown Manhattan music scene that nurtured such homegrown acts as Blues Traveler, Joan Osborne and Chris Whitley.

Their incendiary live performances won the Spin Doctors a large and passionate following that routinely packed local clubs, winning the band a deal with Epic Records. In January 1991, Epic released the live EP Up for Grabs… Live (recorded at the now-legendary Tribeca club Wetlands), which set the stage for the August release of Pocket Full of Kryptonite.

The Spin Doctors are celebrating the anniversary with Sony Legacy’s digital release of a special expanded edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, combining the original album with a treasure trove of previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes and live tracks. The band is also honoring Pocket Full of Kryptonite with an extended run of shows-their first full tour since the ’90s-in which they’ll perform the entire album, something they’ve never done before.

“It’s been so much fun,” Barron adds, “because we haven’t played some of these songs in a long time. They’re sounding so great and so fresh and strange and new, but at the same time, it feels like we never stopped playing them. We’re really enjoying each other’s company, having a lot of laughs, and remembering how lucky we are to be in a band that plays so well together. A lot of great musicians go their whole careers without ever experiencing that, so I’m thankful that I get to do this.”

“These are the tunes that we started with and the tunes that took us round the world, so to come back and revisit them has been really great,” Schenkman states, adding, “It’s a thrill when you’re riding the horse for the first time, when it’s not broken in and you don’t know how it’s going to go. But it’s even more enjoyable getting back on the horse when you know what you’re dealing with, and knowing that you’re in control.”


Saturday, June 23, 8:30 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

If the opening notes on Joe Pug’s new LP “Windfall” are a bit disorienting, his fans won’t likely be surprised.  The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven “Bright Beginnings” and the atmospheric rumination of “Great Hosannas” are just further indication that he’s quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.

His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive.  After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver).  As he toured behind “Messenger” (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012) it was with a band that looked as much like a jazz trio as an Americana band. The following years would have them on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival.

The relentless grind of four years of nonstop touring had taken its toll though, and by late 2013 he was ready to call it quits.  The tour that fall was a runaway success, but his personal and creative lives were a different story. But studio time was already scheduled, and deadlines had been set for a new record, so after a few weeks Pug was back to the business of writing songs.

When Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY in 2014 to record, he did so with some of the best songs he has ever written.  The agenda was much simpler than previous albums and the result is a collection of songs that are as close as we’ve gotten to a road map to Pug’s ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it’s easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.

As the saying goes, “All’s well that ends well.”  Joe Pug didn’t call it quits after all.  He’s engaged to be married and still drinks bourbon on occasion and his new album, Windfall, was released.


Friday, June 22, 8:30 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

In two decades on the road Jeffrey Foucault has become one of the most distinctive voices in American music, refining a sound instantly recognizable for its simplicity and emotional power, a decidedly Midwestern amalgam of blues, country, rock’n’roll, and folk. He’s built a brick-and-mortar international touring career on multiple studio albums, countless miles, and general critical acclaim, being lauded for “Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest” (The New Yorker), and described as “Quietly brilliant” (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Van Dyke Parks to Greil Marcus, to Don Henley, who regularly covers Foucault in his live set.

BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to Jeffrey Foucault’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves (“Immaculately tailored… Sometimes his songs run right up to the edge of the grandiose and hold still, and that's when he's best… Close to perfection” - New York Times; “Pure Songwriter, simple and powerful” - Morning Edition, NPR) is a collection of reveries, interlacing memory with the present tense to examine the indelible connections of love across time and distance. The poet Wallace Stevens wrote that technique is the proof of seriousness, and from the first suspended chord of 'Dishes' - a waltzing hymn to the quotidian details of life, which are life itself ('Do the dishes / With the windows open') - Foucault deftly cuts the template for the album as a whole, showing his mastery of technique as he unwinds a deeply patient collection of songs at the borderlands of memory and desire.

Cut live to tape in three days at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, BLOOD BROTHERS reconvenes Salt As Wolves' all-star ensemble: Billy Conway on drums, Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams) on electric guitars, and Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, joined this time out by pedal steel great Eric Heywood (Pretenders) to unite in the studio both iterations of the band with which Foucault has toured and recorded for over a decade. Charting a vision of American music without cheap imitation or self-conscious irony, the ensemble deploys an instinctive restraint and use of negative space, an economy of phrase and raw simplicity that complement perfectly Foucault’s elegant lines and weather-beaten drawl.

As noise and politics, fashion and illusion obtrude on all fronts, BLOOD BROTHERS takes a deep breath and a step inward, with tenderness and human concern, paying constant attention to the places where the mundane and the holy merge like water. In language pared to element, backed by his world-class band, Foucault considers the nature of love and time in ten songs free of ornament, staking out and enlarging the ground he’s been working diligently all the new century: quietly building a deep, resonant catalogue of songs about about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness, and loss.


Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Jukebox the Ghost's latest record, Off To The Races is a giddy, vibrant collection of Jukebox the Ghost's most bombastic, colorful songs to date. Though it's the fifth studio outing from this long-running trio of piano pop wizards, it plays like an energetic debut album: Just as eager to please as it is eager to surprise you. Every generation has a band that puts a fresh twist on piano-rock, and Jukebox the Ghost’s latest studio offering serves as a memorably vivid and kaleidoscopic step forward for the genre.

Off To The Races is their fifth studio outing, mostly recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn and engineered, produced and mixed by Chris Cubeta and Gary Atturio (two exceptions: “Everybody’s Lonely” was produced by CJ Baran and Peter Thomas and “Fred Astaire” was produced by Chris Wallace). Longtime fans will hear little bits of past Jukebox the Ghost embedded in the record blanketed in a fresh, more colorful sonic palette. The flamboyance and quirkiness of Let Live and Let Ghosts (2008), the retro sensibility of Everything Under the Sun (2010), the concise modern pop smarts of their recent self-titled album (2014) and Safe Travels (2012) and the raw live energy of their live album Long Way Home (2016) are all on full display if you listen closely.

The album is the result of a three-year songwriting and recording process, culled from dozens of demos that the band brought to the table. Recording in their home base of Brooklyn enabled them to do more outside-the-computer sonic experimentation and live performance than past records have afforded. “In ‘Boring’ we sent Tommy’s backing harmonies through a distorting rotary speaker which created this totally weird underwater sound,” explained Jesse Kristin. “And for ‘See You Soon’ we ran an electronic tabla machine through an amplifier and then I played drums along with it. That’s the sort of thing I think we wouldn’t have spent the time to do on our other records.”

Jukebox the Ghost formed in college in 2006 and has been a steadily growing cult favorite and a globally touring band ever since. Composed of Ben Thornewill (piano/vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar/bass/vocals) and Jesse Kristin (drums/vocals), they have played over 1,000 shows across the country and around the world over the course of their career. In addition to countless headlining tours, they have also toured as openers alongside Ingrid Michaelson, Ben Folds, Guster, Motion City Soundtrack, A Great Big World and Jack’s Mannequin, among others. In addition to festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, and Bottlerock, Jukebox the Ghost has also performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. Their 2018 national headlining tour will take them to their largest headlining venues to date across April and May. 


Saturday, June 23, 6:45 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Brazilian Twins. American Music. Growing up in the violent favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil twin brothers Walter and Wagner found solace in classical music on violins their father handmade. Their love of music and desire to positively impact the world led them on a wild ride to the United States, Des Moines, IA over a decade ago. A combination of unique and talented individuals, the Brazilian 2wins have been exciting audiences worldwide with their distinctive appearance and approach to creating their own signature sound. This four-piece dynamo draws influence from a plethora of genres to carve out their own niche sound with a truly unforgettable, explosive live show that targets the masses. Power-pop melodies, a dynamite hip hop rhythm section, funky dynamic bass lines with space on each track for improvisation and crafty solos. Toss in an electric violin and ukulele and you have, in essence, the Brazilian 2wins experience.


Friday, June 22, 7:15 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. Through their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes & poetry, as well a mutual love for musical harmony, Dusty Heart has crafted a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, pop and folk.


Saturday, June 23, 7:05 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

My story is that I have no story, per se. I come from a solid family. It’s a point of pride. I grew up in the far west suburbs of Chicago. My folks weren’t rich, but there wasn’t much that I was left wanting. I’ve never been arrested. Always got good grades. I never developed any major drug addictions (at least, not yet). The only serious addiction in my life, if you’d like to call it that, has been with music. Let me bring you up to speed.

Piano at age 5. Violin at age 9. Guitar at age 11 after hearing Eddie Van Halen. And that, as they say, is all she wrote.

I’ve been madly in love with it ever since. Growing up my ears were fortunate enough to be treated to a fairly eclectic musical mix: The Beatles, Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, The Band, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, CCR, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. Even a healthy dose of Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner. A friend in my neighborhood used to make cassette mixes for me: The Who, They Might Be Giants, The Police, The Clash. I missed the grunge period, and it wouldn’t be until nearly a decade later that I’d discover the power of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Once I found the guitar, things focused in a touch. It wasn’t unusual for me to fall asleep at night to the sounds of guitar wizards like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. And the random Van Halen record was never far away.

Then there was the jazz period. Wes Montgomery. Joe Pass. George Benson. Charlie Christian. John Coltrane. Elvin Jones. McCoy Tyner. The things I learned from those guys. Man. It’s everything really. The spirit of jazz. The freedom of it. That’s been it’s great influence on me.

But I was always a rock ’n roll kid. Pete Townsend more than Pat Metheny. And, ultimately, I craved power chords over the complex harmonies of jazz.

High school was a weird time. I straddled the jock world, playing baseball, and the music world, as a member of the high school jazz band. Most mornings, after being dropped off by the bus, everyone would hang out in the lunchroom before first period. Not me. I’d head straight to a room adjacent to the school’s band rehearsal hall, writing music on the computer. Like I said, it was an addiction. Outside of school, I jammed in a duo with one of my best friend’s, who happened to be a fantastic drummer. We wrote all kinds of stuff. Lots of instrumental music (queue the Satriani). Recorded various demos. But neither of us sang. That made it hard to play out. And most of the other kids were interested in the classics: Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Stones. They weren’t interested in what we had going on.

So, like many of my heroes, I was a bit of a social outcast. That, if anything, was and has always been my struggle. Everyone has at least one. And I found my comfort, security and confidence in the world out on the fringe, populated by the misfits. The world of rock ’n roll.


Friday, June 22, 5:00 p.m. on Hy-Vee Main Stage

Adé & The Soul Brothers is a musical band known for its captivating live performances and soulful undertones. Formed in the heart of the Midwest, these talented musicians deliver an array of diverse musical genres ranging from soul, jazz, blues, funk, soft-rock, and mainstream R&B. Whether they are serenading you with a love ballad, or belting out an infectious upbeat tune, you are guaranteed to get pulled in to an experience that leaves you wanting more and dancing till the sun comes up. So be prepared to become an honorary soul dancer and singer as they carry you along for the ride full of peace, love and soul.



Friday, June 22, 3:15 p.m. on Hy-Vee Main Stage

Alternative trio treesreach blends elements of rock, folk, jazz, classical, and chamber pop to offer a melodic, textural, and dynamic musical journey to its listeners, both on stage and in the studio. The band independently released its debut album Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing in January of 2018. Songs contained on the album have received diverse stylistic comparisons, from Fleet Foxes to Pink Floyd, from Dawes to Radiohead, from Simon and Garfunkel to Built to Spill. And treesreach brings that dynamic array of music to the stage with a show that has been described as “serene, smooth, and even explosive at times.” Over the course of their career, the band has shared the stage with Blitzen Trapper, Vinyl Theatre, Gaelynn Lea, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, The Lonely Biscuits, and many more.

Members Dillon Rairdin and Riley Thurm met in the fall of 2010 in their home of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The two got their start playing acoustic shows under the moniker Live Broadcast, a hold-over name from a previous project Rairdin co-founded. In 2014, drummer Luke Long joined Live Broadcast and the trio played bars in and around Iowa, quickly cultivating a small but loyal fanbase. In 2017, Live Broadcast changed their name to treesreach in anticipation of their first full-length release: a double album entitled Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing.

“[Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing] is the kind of album that really does reward the listener’s attention -- and that’s not always the case these days” (Mark Simmet, IPR Studio One Tracks).

“A band this left of center deserves our attention, if not just for the quality of their songs, then for the strength of their message” (Mitch Mosk, Atwood Magazine).

“There is so much going on with Some Night You Will Hear Me Crowing that it takes multiple listens to get through all of the layers and subtleties — but it pays off in spades, making this one of the most complex and musically interesting albums to come out of this area in a long time” (Mike Roeder, Little Village Magazine).


Friday, June 22, 2:00 p.m. on Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Fuss is a DIY Indie-pop group from Des Moines, Iowa (est. 2015). Combining guitar-centric elements of ‘60s garage-rock, poignant lyricism and buoyant vocal melodies, they’ve crafted an engaging and energetic live set with a sound that’s been described as “sonically adventurous” and “severely catchy.” Beginning as the solo project of songwriter Joey Lyons, The Fuss also features Matt Nelson, Ben Waldschmitt, and David Palmer; and has been dubbed “one of Des Moines’ best young bands” by the Iowa State Daily. They have released two self-produced EP’s to date, as well as their first full-length, self-produced album. The band has received numerous noteworthy acknowledgments from local organizations such as the Des Moines Music Coalition, and the Iowa Music Project. The band has quickly built a loyal local following and has completed its first Midwest tour in support of their latest record, Self-Titled, which was released on July 1st, 2017.


Friday, June 22, 5:45 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Shaun Munday is a one-of-a kind talent. He blends soul-drenched vocals with show-stopping bass guitar technique. Shaun captures audiences with a full band sound and plays the bass better than most people play a guitar. He is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA where he studied and performed with some of the greatest artists and educators in the industry including John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Matthew Garrison (Herbie Hancock), Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny) and Jetro Da Silva (Whitney Houston).

Shaun released his self-titled debut album in March 2017 to rave reviews. Bass Player Magazine said, “Munday proves that he’s going to be a bass heavyweight, as his flawless slap work and his melodically challenging lines are only ever outshined by his buttery crooning.”


Friday, June 22, 4:15 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Ace Jones is a Sunnyvale, California native Singer/Songwriter from Marion
Iowa. He writes, records, and produces his own music out of his home studio. he performs from street corners to big fairs and festivals all over the United states. His live set consists of originals and covers that he grew listening to that ranges from pop, rock, folk, and delivers a range from high energy to somber reflection, the emotion Ace emits is stunning. He currently travels with his wife and 5-year-old son Phoenix. Ace is fit to entertain people of all ages! his Biggest influences are Andrew Mcmahon, Nick Torres Matchbox 20, blink 182, Nick Santino, Dave Smallen, Anthony Raneri and Johnny cash.


Saturday, June 23, 5:00 p.m. on Hy-Vee Main Stage

Folk/Americana singer-songwriter, Ryne Doughty, writes songs from The Heartland. Telling stories through songs with finger style guitar and a rich baritone voice, Doughty carries on the tradition of his folk forefathers. Joined by internationally touring bass player, Scott Sutherland, on fretless bass, and the venerable Russ Tomlinson on drums. This trio brings easy listening tunes with deep grooves and good feels.


Saturday, June 23, 3:15 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Andy Fleming is the singer/song-writer and guitarist for the Des Moines Iowa based band Brother Trucker. Brother Trucker is one of Iowa’s longest performing, much beloved Root-Rock bands for the last 20 years. Fleming started playing in his first ever side project (Andy Fleming & The Sweet Nothings) in 2016 with Massachusetts transplant – lead guitarist Matt Cullen.

Matt has spent his life on stages around the world playing with The Sighs, and Ware River Club to name just a few. Since moving to Ames, Iowa he has also worked with David Zollo and Stutterin’ Jimmy and The Goosebumps.

Lyle Kevin Hogue bassist for Brother Trucker rounds out the trio’s bottom end with his effortless, soulful playing.

The sound of the Sweet Nothing’s is a blend of soulful vibes with an earthy Americana influence. Fleming’s evocative stories are the base from where Cullen’s imaginative solo’s take flight.

Fleming and Cullen have started working on The Sweet Nothing’s debut release and hope to have it released within the next year.


Saturday, June 23, 1:30 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Scott Davis Jazz Quartet began with the release of the CD, “Almost Time” in 2002. The group had a monthly engagement at the Cosmopolitan Lounge at Suites on Locust. In 2004 the quartet was the first group to perform live simultaneously on Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television. A second CD, “Skywalk”, was released in 2009. Both CD’s contained mostly original music by Scott Davis with some covers of jazz standards.

The Group has appeared at the Des Moines Arts Festival, Winefest, Jazz In July and various wineries in the central Iowa area. In 2012 Scott Davis was inducted into the Community Jazz Center Hall Of Fame


Saturday, June 23, 5:45 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Armed with a joyous, disarming demeanor and the ability to play the doors off most anyone else in the room, Price has opened for the likes of Iris Dement and John Lee Hooker, while Iowa's own Greg Brown calls Price “the Buddha.”

Price's reputation was cemented in the 1970's, when he spent the latter half of the decade as part of Mother Blues. It was a time when Price was playing nearly nonstop and developed the style that has made him such a memorable performer.

Head down while he plays, big ball cap covering his eyes from the crowd while he plies his trade, feet tapping out the time as his hands work those six strings like they’re on autopilot. Price isn't the kind of artist you “think” you've seen play. But no man lives by bread alone, and Price has two great loves in his life. It's the rare man that gets to mix two passions together and make a life out of it, but Vicki Price makes that easy.

The pair married in 1987, but Vicki had been holding her own in the wilds of small-town Iowa before then. Her guitar playing has more structure to it than Joe's, while her voice provides a good deal of their songs fire. Bold and brassy when she wants to be, Vicki's voice has elicited visions of Loretta Lynn or June Carter, but she's able to get far bluesier than any of her most obvious comparisons.

Joe's deep love and admiration for his wife is obvious from the moment she joins him on stage and the amount of fun they clearly have performing with one another elevates their performances into something that everyone with ears and a love of life can understand and tap along to. Whether you are seeing them for the first time or the 100th, experiencing Joe and Vicki Price is an experience worth having, worth sharing, and easy to love.


Saturday, June 23, 3:55 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Des Moines-based singer/songwriter, Patresa Hartman, calls her style soul-folk. A rich, blues voice, serves as the vehicle for thoughtful, poetic lyrics. A percussive guitar player, Hartman's signature finger picking style serves as a rhythmic foundation for soulful melodies that hint at contemporary country and folk. But Hartman's roots in gospel and soul become apparent in her turns behind the piano.


Saturday, June 23, 2:25 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

14 albums in and Joshua Sinclair is just getting started. He continues to capture what life is like being a songwriter for the past 20 years. The highs and lows of life on the road, the glitz, the glam and the disappointments. From signing multiple record deals to the music biz in general, to living, loving, and the relationships along the way.

Using only a guitar, microphone, and a loop pedal, Josh's live performance is best described as "Ryan Adams meets Ed Sheeran." Covered with tattoos that read like a roadmap of his life to this point…a life lined with more heartbreak, rejection, & breakups than he wants to remember but also filled with so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including multiple national tours, million dollar studios, beautiful women, and diehard fans. The story of Sinclair is simple…follow a dream and NEVER give up. With this mentality, Josh has persevered and grown in his songwriting, which has touched thousands of lives coast-to-coast, from NYC to Los Angeles, Alaska to Texas and all states in between, while crashing on more cold floors and dirty couches than he can count, all to pursue the passion that he loves.

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Josh picked up the guitar at the age of 10 and took lessons for a few years. He was in and out of bands throughout high school and into college when he and his brother, Nicholas, teamed up to form the pop/rock duo, Little Mojo. It was during that time that this White Stripes-meets-Hanson duo forged their own identity, started writing and releasing original albums, and booking national tours, all on their own. This eventually led to 3 different record deals over a 6 year time span with Mutiny 2K Records NYC, PlayTyme Entertainment, and Dreammakers Music. They spent countless months in various New York City studios, releasing 2 EP’s and a live album as well as a full-length record that got shelved, but even that didn’t deter the drive that Josh had to keep moving forward.

With songs ranging in styles from pop to alternative to crossover country, Sinclair continues to expand in his writing and conquer critics with his passionate songs of breakups, heartache, and hope. His current single, "Stitches," was recently released this spring 2018 and is now available on digital formats everywhere (iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, etc). Experience an artist whose style is comparable to Ryan Adams, Keith Urban, Dashboard Confessional, Thompson Square, The Cadillac 3, American Bang, etc.


Saturday, June 23, 12:55 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Denise Forney is an accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriting artist from West Des Moines. Denise is an Iowa native and has a great passion for playing acoustic music to audiences at local farmers markets, patios, and festivals throughout central Iowa.

Denise has released several children’s CDs with her family as in the community. She also loves the stage and performs regularly as well as teaches guitar through her “Weekend Jam Sessions.”


Friday, June 22, 2:45 p.m. on the Acoustic Stag

With a vocal quality akin to Allison Krauss, a Lori McKenna-like sense for lyrics, and a raw organic sound influenced by Miranda Lambert and Ryan Beaver, Natascha brings a fusion of styles to the Nashville scene. A style she calls; ‘Where country music meets folk Americana, with a dash of old soul and Iowa upbringing.”

Natascha grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, where the sweet corn tastes like candy and the growing up is just as sweet. Her first performance? “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” From then on, music became more and more prevalent in her life. She went on to study music at Clarke University in Dubuque, IA. While a senior there, Natascha released her debut project, Do Not Go Gentle.

Three months after graduating, Natascha packed up her trusty Takamine guitar, along with everything she owned and hit Interstate 380 south bound for Nashville. Only five days after her move, she played her first writers’ round, and from that moment, hit the ground running.

“I guess you could say I’m a little short on sleep,” Natascha laughs. “But while some are running on fumes, I’m running on pure bliss that I get to wake up every single day and do what a little three year old singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” could only dream about.”


Sunday, June 24, 3:15 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Like the dark earth of his Iowa origins, Chad Elliott's life has served as fertile ground for music. Elliott has turned love, loss, fatherhood, divorce and homelessness into lyrics.

He performs more than 200 shows each year, has cultivated more than 1,000 songs and released his 20th album in October of 2015. In this latest album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana. In August of 2018 Elliott will release his 22nd album, "Rest Heavy." He recorded "Rest Heavy" at the famed Sun Studio in Memhis, TN with his band, The Redemptions.


Friday, June 22, 1:40 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Dan Medeiros is a Des Moines-based singer/songwriter originally from Toronto, Canada. Since making the move across the border in 2012 he has quickly become recognized though-out the local music scene for performing his impassioned original songs of love & life on 12-string acoustic guitars. The DM Project is the culmination of Dan's musical vision, featuring Dave Everett on Bass and Iowa Rock & Rock Hall of Fame inductee Larry Mersereau on Drums.


Sunday, June 24, 3:45 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage


Sunday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

We lift up the unique voices of girls through creative expression. We believe each one of our friends should have a chance to celebrate her one-of-a-kind identity, her own inner strength and creativity and connect to the world around them through music education, art and performance. We encourage girls to explore their inner rocker, develop creative habits, and discover what inspires them. At GR!DSM, every rocker gets to share her unique voice with the world - because every girl's voice rocks.

We inspire girls to use their own unique voices to rise and reach for their own endless possibilities in an atmosphere of respect, positive language and energy. We encourage curious minds to share ideas, and we embrace diversity, regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or birth-assigned sex. We support personal growth, positive body image, and awareness of self and others. We provide leadership opportunities that cultivate passionate, supportive peers and mentors. We advocate for social change through the empowerment of girls, and work to develop life skills through music performance and creative opportunities.


Sunday, June 24, 12:30 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Revival Center Choir is a Sanctuary gospel choir based in Des Moines, Iowa (Beaverdale Area) .
It is Iowa's most prominent gospel choirs.

The group is comprised of 45 members, ranging in age from 14 to 50. It has toured and performed in various areas of the United States. The choir has performed on the Big Stage for many prominent individuals such as Governor Terry Branstad, television producer Norman Lear, Community Choice Credit Union executives, the Des Moines Art Festival and many more. We sang live at a wedding in the park to full fill the childhood dream of a the bride. We did it before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The group was founded in 2006, after the vision of Pastor Dr. Michael D. Cameron Sr. Revival Center Choirs endeavor is to spread the gospel of Christ through song. The Revival Center Church Choir mission is to "Revive People and Restore the Nation Back to God".


Sunday, June 24, 12:30 p.m. on the Acoustic Stage

Andrea Wilson is the visionary founder of the Iowa Writers’ House, an organization that has connected thousands of writers to new opportunities within the Iowa literary community. She developed the Bicultural Iowa Writers’ Fellowship to provide an avenue for our newest citizens to share their stories and to allow audiences the chance to hear them. Wilson was born and raised in Columbus Junction, Iowa, where her original interest in Iowa’s bicultural communities began. In addition to serving as the executive director of the Iowa Writers’ House and the editor of We The Interwoven: A Bicultural Iowa Anthology, she has edited and published This Is Our Peace, an anthology on nuclear nonproliferation, and Girls Making Magic, an anthology of works by aspiring female writers aged ten to fourteen.


Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Des Moines Community Playhouse is celebrating its 100th season! The fun kicks off with Mamma Mia!, July 13-28. Mamma Mia! is the smash hit musical about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using the timeless songs and greatest hits of ABBA.