Weezer, Wilco top 80/35 Music Festival
The Des Moines Music Coalition has announced Wilco and Weezer as the headlining acts of the 80/35 Music Festival, held July 10-11 in Western Gateway Park downtown. The festival announced a total of 21 acts, including hip hop duo Run The Jewels and Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.
Last year the festival drew 13,000 paid attendees over two days and more than 27,000 when 80/35's two free stages were factored in. This year the festival moved from the Fourth of July weekend to a week later. 80/35 project manager Amedeo Rossi said the festival had an easier time booking acts as a result. For comparison, 80/35 wasn't able to confirm its second 2014 headliner, Cake, until June of last year.
Wilco will headline on July 10. The band was formed in 1994 out of the ashes of the alternative country band Uncle Tupelo. Rolling Stone named Wilco's 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" as the No. 3 album on its 100 Best Albums of the 2000s list and at No. 493 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Last year the band marked its 20th anniversary with "What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014."
Weezer will headline on July 11. Its 1994 self-titled debut ("The Blue Album") featured the hits "Buddy Holly," "Undone - The Sweater Song" and "Say It Ain't So." The band's 1996 follow-up, "Pinkerton," flopped, but has earned critical success in the ensuing years. Weezer's many hits include "Hash Pipe," "Beverly Hills" and "Pork and Beans." Weezer's 2014 album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," harkens back to the band's earlier material, appearing on many 2014 "Best of" lists.
"These are two of the bands we've inquired about booking every year," 80/35 Project Manager Amedeo Rossi said. "I think this is the first time Weezer has ever been to Des Moines proper and Wilco is well recognized as one of the best festival bands."
Past 80/35 headliners include The Flaming Lips, The Avett Brothers, Ben Harper, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse and of Montreal. 2015 marks the eighth annual 80/35 Music Festival
Canby is the only Des Moines band in the initial announcement, though Los Angeles musician Boh Doran was formerly based out of Des Moines when she performed under the name MaryBeth Doran. Additionally the New York band St. Lucia features Des Moines native Ross Clark on bass.
"We spent all our time trying to book the main stage and the Kum & Go free stage, so we held off a little bit on the locals," Rossi said. "We're going to focus on getting everything settled and announce more local bands in mid to late May."
80/35 Music Festival
A Chicago alternative rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy. The band is best known for its 2002 album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." In addition to its own material, Wilco has recorded three "Mermaid Avenue" albums Billy Bragg, finishing songs originally written by Woody Guthrie.
A former child actress known for roles in films like "The Wizard" and "Troop Beverly Hills," Lewis went on to form the band Rilo Kiley in the late 90s. Last year Lewis released her third solo album, "The Voyager."
The stage name of South African musician Jean-Philip Grobler, who released his debut album, "When the Night," in 2013. The full band features Des Moines native Ross Clark on bass and guitar.
Hot Buttered Rum
A San Francisco bluegrass band that is a regular on the festival circuit. Last year Hot Buttered Rum released its self-titled fifth album.
Fly Golden Eagle
A Nashville rock band that released its second album, "Quartz Bijou," in 2014.
An Atlanta rapper who released four albums in 2014 and a new EP with OG Maco, Yep," this year.
Brooklyn rapper and member of the Black Star duo (with Mos Def). Kweli's hits include "Get By" and "I Try" with Mary J. Blige. His eighth album, "Radio Silence," is due out this year.
A hugely influential power pop band that rose to fame with the 1994 album self-titled album, commonly known as "The Blue Album." The band attracted attention on MTV in its early days thanks to Spike Jonze directed videos for "Buddy Holly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song." Last year Weezer released its ninth album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End."
Run The Jewels
A collaboration between Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and New York producer/rapper El-P. The band released its 2013 album "Run The Jewels" as a free download and followed it up with "Run The Jewels 2" last year.
A Boston funk band known for its energetic live shows. The band is influenced by funk acts like Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power.
A Cleveland indie rock act that released its fourth album, "Here and Nowhere Else," last year.
Head for the Hills
A bluegrass band from Fort Collins, Colo., The band's most recent release was 2013's "Blue Ruin."
A Chicago indie rock band that released its second album last year.
Jon Wayne and the Pain
A Minneapolis reggae and EDM trio that is returning to 80/35 after a 2013 performance.
A Nashville rock band with Beatles influences.
Jaden Carlson Band
Colorado funk and soul fronted by 14-year-old guitarist Jaden Carlson.
Seven-piece soul band from Arkansas
South Dakota indie rock band
Six-piece string band playing what it calls "Cosmic American Music."
Fronted by The Envy Corps drummer Scott Yoshimura, this Des Moines band features a large brass section and multiple backup singers. Earlier this year Canby released the EP "Alive Inside."
A former Des Moines resident performing 60's and 70's inspired retro pop.