Good morning, Iowa!

In case you missed the memo, tomorrow starts a weekend full of 80/35 festival fun. Make sure that you’re following our reporter Matt on Twitter for live updates from the festival. Need to know what’s happening this week? Well, we’ve got you covered…


After nine years of 80/35, we’ve seen all types of moments at the festival. From Flavor Flav not showing up to perform with Public Enemy to David Byrne falling in love with Des Moines, quite a bit has happened throughout the years. Take a walk through memory lane. One of my personal favorite moments was watching Raz Simone perform on the main stage in 2014. He plucked a guy from the audience for a crowd surf. #DontDropDoug


With more than 20 acts from Iowa performing this year, get to know the homegrown musicians performing at 80/35 before heading to Western Gateway Park this weekend. You can catch Holy White Hounds, Maids, MarKaus and plenty more.


It’s the AFTER PARTY! Who wants to go straight home after 80/35? Not I! I dug around and found a few places to check out at the end of the night.


  • Friday. The Uniphonics: Free 80/35 After Party. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m. 21+
  • Saturday. Canby: Free 80/35 After Party. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. 21+

Des Moines Social Club + Peace Tree Brewing

  • Friday: Ross Clark (of St. Lucia / Wyclef Jean) DJ set with special guests for a day one 80/35 after party in The Basement. Entry is $5. If you have your 80/35 wristband, it's free. All 80/35 artists, staff and volunteers can also get in free. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21+
  • Saturday: Amasa Hines and Extravision will be performing in The Basement. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the music starts at 10 p.m. 21+

Gas Lamp

  • Saturday: Halfloves, SIRES & TWINS will be performing live that night. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the music starts at 10 p.m. 


  • Our Things to Do app! Download it (for FREE) and enter to win 2 VIP Passes to see Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly and more July 22 and 23 at Western Gateway Park for 515 Alive. (iPhone app | Android app) VIP Passes include: a 515 Alive T-shirt, pin, festival poster, sunglasses, shaded VIP viewing area (with main stage view and seats), souvenir mug (with drink specials), drawstring bag, cloth VIP wristband and a separate bar with top shelf. Sounds pretty good, right? What are you waiting for? Go download the app...  

Ameena, Juice

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