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Des Moines Arts Festival announces music headliners

Nostalgic 1990s alternative band Gin Blossoms and 1970s radio rock favorites Grand Funk Railroad are set to headline the music portion of this year’s Des Moines Arts Festival.

The festival is set to take place June 24-26 at Western Gateway Park.

Gin Blossoms found mainstream success in the ‘90s for a collection of jangly, alternative pop hits such as “Hey Jealousy” and “Follow You Down.” The band’s 1992 record, “New Miserable Experience” sold more than 4 million copies. The group’s latest studio album, “No Chocolate Cake,” was released in 2010.

Gin Blossoms will headline the main stage on June 24.

Co-headlining this year’s festival is ‘70s staple rock act Grand Funk Railroad. Known iconic hits such as “We’re An American Band” and “The Locomotion,” Grand Funk has released thirteen studio albums, selling more than 25 million records worldwide. With releasing its first album in 1969, the group has been touring for nearly 50 years.

Grand Funk will play the main stage on June 25.

“The music festival-style lineup is an exciting addition to the festival this year,” Stephen King, executive director Des Moines Arts Festival, said in a news release.

"Being able to provide acts like the Gin Blossoms and Grand Funk Railroad, as well as the other stellar musical acts furthers our mission to add vibrancy to central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts.”

The Des Moines Arts Festival, which is spending its 18th year in Western Gateway Park, is free and open to the public. Other announced acts include Des Moines songwriter Christopher the Conquered, Abbie and The Sawyers, the NOLA Jazz Band, Girls Rock! Des Moines and more.

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