A block party is launching in downtown Des Moines this September
Labor Day weekend in Des Moines just got a bit louder.
A new block party, coined Street Heat, plans to head to downtown 4th Street, between Walnut Street and Court Avenue, on Sept. 3 with the promise of boasting 20 acts for $20 across three stages.
Curated by Zoey Miller, a local music marketing professional who’s worked on the 80/35 Music Festival and the Hinterland Music Festival, main stage music features all female-fronted acts. Talent includes Chicago rapper Psalm One, Minneapolis indie act and 2017 80/35 alum Bad Bad Hats, surf punk group Fiji-13, as well as Des Moines’ own Ancient Posse and Karen Meat. The confirmed lineup can be found below.
“I’ve seen some of my female musician icons perform in Des Moines because of 80/35 but I do think the Des Moines music scene could use a little kick in the pants (with) bringing in female talent,” said Miller, of Des Moines. “(Say) you come to Street Heat (and) you see these really badass ladies performing … I feel like that sort of empowerment is cool.”
The street party is also set to boast art vendors, local food trucks, craft beer and independent ‘zines, Miller said. Music will take place from 4-10 p.m. on the main stage and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. at Vaudeville Mews (212 4th St.) and The Lift (222 4th St.). Food and art vendors are to be announced in mid-August. The pay-to-see main stage will take over part of the block, with a separate, free-to-enter section of the street dedicated to art vendors.
“We want to take advantage of (4th Street’s) unique atmosphere,” Miller said. “We have more and more people of all ages looking for unique cultural experiences."
Confirmed lineup for Street Heat:
Bad Bad Hats
DJ Mona Bonez
DJ Jag Nasty