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Music & entertainment at the festival

Enjoy vibrant music and unique cultural entertainment at this diverse Downtown Des Moines (DSM) music festival. Featuring a wide array of talented musicians and performers, the World Food & Music Festival offers something special for everyone. Dance along to Spanish salsa music and experience the soaring vocals of Celtic folksongs. Whatever it is that gets your foot tapping and your hands clapping, you can hear it in Downtown DSM. Stay tuned for updates on the 2022 entertainment lineup.

Entertainment Lineup  |  Musical Guest Bios

Entertainment Lineup

Friday

11 a.m. Naturalization Ceremony
4 – 5:30 p.m. Jeff & The Effects
6 – 7:30 p.m. Leradee & The Positives
8 – 10 p.m. Parranderos Latin Combo

Saturday

11 a.m. MidAmerican Energy Company Cooking Challenge
2 – 3 p.m. Days Live Music
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Sharane Calister
5 – 6 p.m. Guitarras ATM
6:30 – 8 p.m. Suede
8:30 – 10 p.m. Southern Avenue

Sunday

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bruce Day
1:30 – 3 p.m. B.WELL
3:30 – 5 p.m. The Unfortunate Sons

Musical Guest Bios

Jeff & The Effects

Jeff & The Effects

Jeff & the Effects are a five-piece band from Des Moines that play a wide variety of genres from multiple eras. The band formed in 2020 and has since been playing shows at local clubs, breweries and events. Their eclectic style results from the varying musical backgrounds of each member, with roots in jazz, classical, blues, bluegrass and rock n' roll.  

Leradee & The Positives

Leradee & The Positives

A roots and dancehall reggae band, with members from around the world and the United States that plays soul-soothing, consciously uplifting music and shares electrifying performances with their audiences.  

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Days Live Music

Day is an up-and-coming artist who enjoys featuring her Tennessee roots and storytelling through rich and expressive vocals. Her bright stage presence and selection of vintage and modern music will have you singing along. 

Sherane Calister

Sherane Calister

Sharane Calister is an R&B/soul/pop American singer/songwriter. A 29-year-old native of Des Moines. Sharane is best known for her appearance and performance on "The Voice" season 14, working with Alicia Keys and Adam Levine in 2018. She landed in the top 11 with powerful performances singing songs like “Make it Rain,” “All I Can Do is Cry,” “In My Blood” and “Never Enough.” She continues to sing with her band, The Feel Right Band, making additional solo appearances throughout the country. 

 

Guitarras ATM

Guitarras ATM is a Latin jazz and mariachi band that plays many different Latin genres including boleros, cumbias, rancheras and corridos. Guitarras ATM has been performing together for the last six years. Guitarras ATM has performed for musical festivals, private parties, weddings, family reunions and several colleges and universities.

Guitarras ATM not only performs Latin music but also provides audiences educational and cultural awareness of the historical and present meaning of their music.

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Suede

Suede is a central Iowa-based band that was founded in 2017 by lead singer Jenn Kintzle and drummer Steve Lesch, and includes Michael Jones on bass, Steven Belknap on keys and Ben Busiek on guitar. With over 60 years combined professional experience, you can be sure you're dealing with seasoned pros who know how to put on a good show.

Featuring a wide variety of songs from artists such as Toto, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Brandy Carlisle, Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Allen Parsons Project, REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Steely Dan you'll be sure to hear something you like!

Primarily a cover band until now, Suede is currently starting work on some original music and look forward to hitting the studio soon.

Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue

Memphis, Tennesse-based, GRAMMY®-nominated Southern Avenue inked their first record deal with legendary Stax Records in 2016. The first Memphis band signed to Stax in over 40 years, their self-titled debut was an immediate phenomenon, reaching #1 on iTunes’ “Top Blues Albums” chart before being honored with the 2018 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist Album.” 2019’s KEEP ON proved an even greater success, debuting among the top 5 on Billboard’s “Top Blues Albums” chart amidst worldwide critical acclaim, ultimately earning Southern Avenue their first GRAMMY® Award nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album."

In addition to the early success that the band has had with their recordings, they have also found a home on the road. The band has performed in 15 countries on three continents and averages over 150 shows in a typical year, making the group one of the most sought-after live performance experiences. Their high-energy shows have captivated audiences around the globe, making this eclectic group a must-see at venues and festivals alike.

Southern Avenue’s new album "Be The Love You Want," is out now on Renew Records/BMG. Produced by multi-GRAMMY® winner Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi, Deer Tick), American Songwriter calls it “A potent soul force!” and No Depression proclaims it’s “one of the most listenable, and danceable, records of the year.”

Bruce Day

Bruce Day

Bruce Day is a northeastern Iowa born, lifelong singer/songwriter with 20 years of experience performing across Iowa and the Midwest. Now based out of Des Moines, Bruce is able to make a living as a full-time musician/husband/dad/rock diva. With an Ed Sheeren like looping game, Bruce plays 150ish shows each year and continues to win over fans across the state of Iowa.

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B.WELL

Local hip-hop artist, humanitarian and creator, Billy, “B.WELL” Weathers, graduated from Simpson College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Communications and a minor in Sports Administration. Upon graduation, Weathers began to surround himself with leaders, artists, creatives and educators with unique and growing perspectives. These relationships added to his creativity and served as sounding resources as he began to embrace new ideas and create resources for his community. Before long, the name B.WELL grew with numerous sold-out shows and his work in local schools.

Weathers was named the Des Moines Education Association Volunteer of the Year in April 2020; American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa Iowan of the Year in July 2020; and to the Des Moines Register “People to Watch in 2021” list in January 2021; and received the Simpson College Recent Alumni Humanitarian Award in November 2021; and a Business Record 40 Under 40 Award in April 2022 for his work in founding a local non-profit organization, the B.WELL Foundation.

The B.WELL Foundation strives to build stronger futures for youth and lift them to a place of prosperity. The Foundation has invested over $100,000 into local schools since its inception in June 2020. As he continues to work with youth and facilitate events to give back, B.WELL hopes to ignite new ideas and light to the next generation.

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The Unfortunate Sons

The Unfortunate Sons is a Des Moines-based band that covers hits and hidden gems primarily from the 1970s. The group features four singers who share lead vocal duties, two guitars, drums, bass and keyboards.