Des Moines rapper MarKaus performs live alongside local drill and drum corp The Isiserettes for the latest Juice Side Sessions. The ,monthly video series captures Iowa artists performing in the heart of Iowa. Michael Zamora and Rodney White/For Juice
Fresh Fest, the Des Moines event self-described as “Iowa’s annual hip-hop festival,” is set to return in late September, moving to Brenton Skating Plaza.
The all-day event plans to bring 13 acts, including Des Moines-based emcee MarKaus and the Negative Space and local staple the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps., to the outdoor concert venue on Sept. 23 for an anticipated 10 hours of music. Additional acts announced include Tripp Shelton, B. Well and Emmett Phillips.
Music plans to kick off at 2 p.m. and run until midnight. Tickets cost $10 and are for sale via mediafreshrecords.com.
Curated by Marquas “MarKaus” Ashworth, the festival aims to showcase local talent in hip-hop, R&B and b-boy breakdancing, he said. The festival debuted in 2016 at the Des Moines Social Club.
“I'm hoping that we continue to reach the community and uplift the many talents this state has to show,” Ashworth said. “Within the hip-hop culture there's so much artistically, and most of that never gets shown or displayed in this area.”
Additionally, a portion of Fresh Fest proceeds are to be donated to Des Moines Music Coalition summer music camps, Ashworth said. The coalition offers summer hip-hop and rock music camps for kids age 11 to 15.
“I've witnessed firsthand (the camps) changing children,” Ashworth said. “Hip-hop builds confidence and character, when done correctly.”
Along with music, an estimated 20 food, art and clothing vendors are set to be part of the festivities. Children age 10 and under receive free admission to Fresh Fest. More information can be found at mediafreshrecords.com.
Fresh Fest 2017 lineup:
MarKaus and the Negative Space
The Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps.
DJ Episode and DJ ISM
The Feel Right