Des Moines Music Coalition bringing back Gross Domestic Product festival
Des Moines singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco performs his song "I Didn't Come Here to Get Mellow" outside the Iowa State Capitol for the latest in the Juice Side Sessions music series.
The Des Moines Music Coalition is bringing back its Gross Domestic Product music fest next month.
Nearly 20 acts from various genres are booked for the Nov. 23 event to help celebrate the area's eclectic music scene. Artists will perform on multiple stages between Vaudeville Mews and the 4th Street Theatre in downtown Des Moines.
The Iowa festival will feature artists from Des Moines and across the state. Jordan Mayland, the DMMC program coordinator, said the goal of GDP is "to organize an event that best supports Iowa musicians and their needs for growth in the music industry."
Mayland said the main objectives are:
- to boost exposure and build an audience for smaller, up-and-coming Iowa acts,
- to bring more acts from outside Des Moines to expose local artists to new ideas, and
- to continue supporting the genre diversity represented in past GDP festivals.
The nonprofit DMMC is also responsible for other major musical events in Iowa, including the two-day progressive, indie music festival 80/35, Little Big Fest, networking event Backstage Ball, and Music University.
Mayland, who has been the program coordinator of DMMC since May, said in a statement to the Register that GDP went away for a year due to an increase of music festivals in Des Moines. It last took place in 2017.
"GDP is like my baby, and it's back to integrate younger faces and genre choices," he said. "GDP is missed. Little Big Fest is fizzling out, so there's a combining aspect of variety such as Americana and country of (Little Big Fest) and indie-rock and heavy rock of GDP."
Mayland has had a hand in the music scene of Des Moines for over a decade now. He has taught music education and worked with acts such as the Volcano Boys, who have played 80/35.
At 4th Street Theatre, the all-day show is $10 for all ages. At Vaudeville Mews, the early show is $10 for all ages, and the late shows are $5 for those 21 and older. All-access festival passes are $15 and are only available for purchase in advance. All-access passes give attendees admission to all shows at both venues. Children 11 and under can attend for free.
The Vaudeville Mews after-party (also a part of the late show) is free for those with wristbands and is $5 for the general public.
Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.Midwestix.com. Volunteers can sign up to help at the festival and will receive an all-access pass. Sign up by emailing email@example.com.
Check out the schedule below.
Vaudeville Mews (Early Show)
2:30 p.m.: Gleaner
3 p.m.: DJ DJ Tanner (Solo Stage)
3:15 p.m.: Uncle Tito
3:45 p.m.: Chill Mac
4 p.m.: Juliano Dock
4:45 p.m.: Lvvmaking
5:15 p.m.: Andrew Hoyt (Solo Stage)
5:30 p.m.: Greg Wheeler & The Polygamist Mall Cops
6 p.m.: Extravision (Solo Stage)
6:15 p.m.: Sires
7:15 p.m.: Druids
8:15 p.m.: Closet Witch
4th Street Theatre (All Ages)
2:45 p.m.: EleanorGrace
3 p.m.: Plumero
3:45 p.m.: TBA
4:30 p.m.: TBA
5:15 p.m.: TBA
6 p.m.: Dan Tedesco
6:45 p.m.: Ducharme-Jones Band
7:45 p.m.: The Host Country
Vaudeville Mews After-Party (21+ )
9:15 p.m.: DJ SNAG
10:30 p.m.: Contakta
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