At 36,000 fans, this was the biggest 80/35 to date
Monday: Festival organizers estimated 36,000 in attendance over the two days, the best attended 80/35 to date. Friday's paid attendance was 8,000, while Saturday's was over 10,000. The other 18,000 comes from estimated attendance in the free stage areas.
The previous high for the festival was an estimated 35,000 fans in 2012 when Death Cab for Cutie and The Avett Brothers headlined. In 2014 paid attendance was 13,000, 27,000 when the free stages were factored in.
8:41 p.m. Saturday: Meet the #1 Jewel Runner: Jake Silva
Saturday morning Run The Jewels fan Jake Silva woke up and started tweeting at Run the Jewels member El-P. Silva told the rapper he was already waiting at the stage. El-P said he was right behind Silva. Silva told the rapper to "Prove it" and the two tweeted back and forth a few times.
When Run The Jewels took the stage, Silva caught El-P's eye almost immediately and said "There's the guy that was harassing me on Twitter." Right before the song "Pew Pew Pew," El-P asked the crowd to get Silva up on stage.
"I can always spot the #1 Jewel Runner," El-P said.
The 18-year-old got to spend the rest of song on stage with the band, then watched the remainder of the set from backstage. I caught up with him after the show
Q: So how many photos did you take on stage?
A couple hundred, between photos and videos.
Q: Is this your first time seeing the band?
Q: What's your favorite Run The Jewels song?
"Close Your Eyes."
Q: Did it live up to expectations?
Oh yes. God yes!
4 p.m. Saturday: Catching up with Boh Doran
When Boh Doran's name was announced as part of the 80/35 Music Festival, local music fans might not have instantly recognized it. But for a few years Doran was performing in Des Moines as MaryBeth Doran. She sat down to chat for a short video.
Singer-songwriter is back in Des Moines for two shows
10:45 p.m. Friday: Talib Kweli loves Des Moines, disses 80/35 on Twitter
Talib Kweli drew one of the largest free stage crowds for an 80/35 Festival. Festival-goers were backed up to Locust, with not much room to move. The set was going well, but I had to leave early to catch headliner Wilco, which started its main stage set a few minutes early.
Then, there was some drama. The rapper's mic was cut off. He took to Twitter to speak out about having his set shut down by 80/35.
80/35 project manager Amedeo Rossi said Kweli's set was supposed to end at 9:15 p.m., but had run over by about 10 minutes.
"It just ran over," Rossi said. "At some point we had to move forward. It just ran long."
Talib took to Twitter in the wee hours of the morning to refute Rossi's claims about going over.
Jordan Krohn, stage manager for the Kum & Go Stage, posted this on my Facebook:
What he said was a bold faced lie. His dj started on time while he sat in back chit chatting with his chaps for 15-20 mins, then he decided to go rap with his dj. When there was 2 mins left in the set I gave him the 5 signal cause s*** was bumpin'. So he played another 15... So we shut him down.
It was an odd conflict that marred an otherwise positive day at 80/35. Kweli held the festival, not the city of Des Moines responsible, tweeting "On the real tho the PEOPLE of Des Moines just showed me much love. I'll be back..."
5:45 p.m. Friday: The Iowa ties of St. Lucia
At Friday's first main stage set, St. Lucia frontman Jean-Philip Grobler played up the band's ties to Iowa. The most notable being bassist/guitarist Ross Clark.
"Today is a special show for us," Grobler said early in the Brooklyn band's set. "Ross Clark is originally from Des Moines. He's still from Des Moines, of course."
But the connections go beyond that. Grobler pointed out that drummer Dustin Kaufman's mom is from Des Moines. And Grobler, who was born in South Africa, had his first performance in Des Moines.
"The first city I ever came to in the states was Des Moines," Grobler said. "I was 12 and was in a boys' choir. It wasn't as exciting as this."
GET READY FOR 80/35
Hi, I'm Joe Lawler, music writer for Juice at the Des Moines Register. This weekend we'll be all over the 80/35 grounds, writing about interesting happenings, reviewing sets and more. We'll have tons of photos from Friday and Saturday's festivities and fun video moments you'll want to share. Bookmark this link on your phone to follow coverage all weekend.
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