80/35 Dates Announced!

20Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen. 80/35 Music Festival will take place once again in Western Gateway Park in Des Moines on July 10th and 11th, 2015.

Much to early to start speculating about possible line-ups, but it will be interesting to see if the shift away from the 4th of July weekend will open up more booking opportunities, and how it will affect overall attendance.

Check out 2014.80-35.com for more info.

Widespread Panic ticket reminder

WP-fall-2014-admat-FV-for_side_copyIt was announced a while back, but because we care….we wanted to remind you that Widespread Panic tickets for the upcoming Iowa shows (Cedar Rapids on 10/28 and Ames on 10/29) will go on-sale this coming Monday, 8/25. Tickets for the shows range from $45-$48 plus fees.

For more info on these shows, check out widespreadpanic.com.

Umphrey’s McGee TONIGHT!

Des Moines! Prog/jam rockers Umphrey’s McGee are in town tonight playing at Simon Estes as part of the Nitefall on the River series. Doors open and 7, show starts at 8. Tickets are still available for $30 at the door. Umphreys loves Des Moines….lets show them that Des Moines loves Umphreys.


Here is a clip from their show at Nitefall a few years back when they covered Africa by Toto

Camp Euforia photos and recap

CampEu_7561logodWords by T. Hays

Photos by Kerri Photography

It was a somewhat soggy, yet completely euphoric weekend in Lone Tree, IA for what would become known as CEXI (or…Camp Euforia 11). Having never had the opportunity to attend a Camp Euforia, I must say first that I was incredibly impressed with the beautiful location, gracious staff and overall positive vibe throughout the weekend. The production was top notch and much better than many larger festivals I’ve been to.

The weekend kicked off late Friday afternoon and slowly ramped up until it’s peak later that evening with Euforquestra’s first headlining set of the weekend. Among the highlights for me were Keller Williams joining them for his song “More Than A Little” (after playing a solo set himself), and an epic jam on the their song “Soup”.

The positive vibes continued into Saturday (despite an overnight downpour) and were highlighted with morning yoga and some acoustic tunes from former Iowa City songwriter Chris Gelbuda. The afternoon included a few guest appearances from Euforquestra guitar player Mike Tallman who sat in with Des Moines bluegrass band Mr. Baber’s Neighbors, and then a bit later with The Kyle Hollingsworth Band. I was also digging reggae/blues trio Aaron Kamm & the One Drops, and yet another one man band Funkmaster.

Rain Saturday night didn’t dampen the spirits too much, which eventually culminated in a massive jam at the barn stage that included members of The Motet, Juno What!? and Euforquestra (and maybe some others).

Overall the weekend was great, and it seemed like the bands were having just as much (maybe even more) fun than all the festival attendees. I think it’s great how Euforquestra puts on this event every year and it was clear to me just how much they still love Iowa. Everything from food vendors, continuous music all day/night, Jerry’s bar, and the rest of the production was perfectly executed.

I will definitely be back, hopefully many more times in the years to come.

Camp Euforia is upon us!

CEXI-banner-05-lineup-011-940x350Good news….Camp Euforia starts TOMORROW July 11th! Tickets are still on sale (and a better deal if you buy today)….so stop procrastinating. The line-up this year is stellar and includes a double dose of Iowa natives Euforquestra, one man band Keller Williams, dance funksters The Motet, Kyle Hollingsworth (of String Cheese Incident) and about 20 more of your favorite local,  regional and national jam bands.

And oh by the way, by enjoying all of this great music you will also be helping to feed the hungry via the Crisis Center of Johnson County! It’s a win win.

We’ll be there in full swing, so be sure to check back after the festival for a recap and lots of photos.


Camp Euforia

July 11 – 12

Lone Tree, IA

$90 online, $110 at gate



Dark Star Orchestra Show Details

LivePromoPhotoHiResIn case  you missed it, Dark Star Orchestra will be playing at Val Air Ballroom on June 30th. The “Grateful Dead tribute wizards” (as described by Rolling Stone) have now surpassed the Grateful Dead in number of shows played in just half the time, and faithfully honor the Dead by recreating historic setlists, matching equipment and stage set-up and collaborating with all the heavy hitters on the jam band scene.

The show is all ages, and starts at 8PM. Tickets are $20 at TicketWeb or Val Air box office.

The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz coming to Des Moines

MilkCarton_6113logodA couple of our favorites are coming to Hoyt Sherman Place and we are giddy about it. Folkies Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids will be in town Sunday November 2nd for an 8PM show. If you missed The Milk Carton Kids show at Vaudeville Mews last Fall (check out our recap here) here is your chance to catch them again. Amazing musicians and an amazing venue.

Tickets go on sale this Friday June 20th at 10AM at all Ticketmaster locations.