We believe in the power of music in Des Moines. Ten years ago Des Moines was much quieter than it is today. Few promoters booked shows. Venues had poor turnout. Touring acts skipped over Des Moines. And hordes of young people moved away.
In 2005, a small group of music fans wanted that to change and formed the Des Moines Music Coalition, a non-profit with the goal of building a stronger independent, progressive live music community. Local band festivals were developed alongside a long list of advocacy, promotions, and education efforts.
A few years later, it was time for something larger that would draw more touring bands and let the industry know big things were happening in the Des Moines music scene. It was time for 80/35.
In its inaugural year, 2008, 80/35 placed Des Moines on the national music map as a progressive force with headliners The Flaming Lips and The Roots. Today, more than 30,000 music fans flock to Des Moines each year to experience iconic acts and up-and-coming talent.