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Music & entertainment

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.

Thank You to Our 2021 Entertainment Sponsors

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Festival Main Stage  |  Principal Cultural Stage

2021 Main Stage Lineup

The Main Stage will feature an exciting group of musicians and programs.

Friday

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: United States Naturalization Ceremony
4 – 5:30 p.m.: Joshua Sinclair
6 – 7:30 p.m.: Monkey Monkey Monkey
8 – 10 p.m: Dick Danger Band

Saturday

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.: MidAmerican Energy Company Cooking Challenge
2 – 3 p.m.: Lani
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: NOLA Jazz Band
5 – 6 p.m: Good Night Gold Dust
6:30 – 8 p.m: The Maytags
8:30 – 10 p.m.: The Original Wailers presented by Prairie Meadows

Sunday

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Ace Jones
1 – 2 p.m.: Guitarras ATM
2:30 p.m.: EZ FM People’s Choice Winner Announced
3 – 4:30 p.m.: Dueling Fiddles

The Original Wailers presented by Prairie Meadows

In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as his lead guitarist the American-born Al Anderson. It was Anderson’s stunning lead work on such classics as "No Woman, No Cry," and "Three O’Clock Road Block" that first alerted rock fans to The Wailers music.

The Original Wailers

Andersons’ musical achievements with Bob Marley and The Wailers include the platinum award winning albums "Live at the Lyceum," "Babylon by Bus" and ten time platinum album "Legend." The Original Wailers received their own Grammy nomination in 2013 for their album ‘Miracle’ making it Anderson’ second Grammy nomination.

The Original Wailers also include Chet Samuel (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Omar Lopez (Bass Guitar), Howard Smith (Drums) and Noel Aiken (Keyboards/Organ) who continue the legacy of Bob Marley and The Wailers music.

Main Stage Performers

Ace Jones
Ace Jones is a singer-songwriter from Marion, Iowa who currently tours the country, performing at some of the biggest fairs and festival this country has to offer. His eclectic mix of original and covers are sure to capture the curiosity of all ages. Ace's mix of music during his set can range from folk, pop, all the way to country or his favorite genre of punk rock.

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Dick Danger Band
Dick Danger Band is a funky seven-piece Top 40/R&B Band playing anything from Bruno Mars to Phil Collins, Jimi Hendrix, and of course, a lot of Prince! You will want to get up and get funkified when you hear this electrifying band. Dick Danger was created in 2014 by lead guitar player Richard Lloyd. Richard does the lead singing and lead guitar, Kyle Neddo plays keys, Gary Bland plays drums, Terre Gibson plays bass, Terrence Clarkson plays rhythm guitar, Anthony Hoffman plays keys and sings background vocals and Rich Richman is the Sound Engineer. Toni Williams and Don Girtley are featured with Toni singing lead and background vocals and Don rapping.

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Dueling Fiddles
Comprised of violinists Hanna Wolle and Geneviève Salamone, the Dueling Fiddles are an entertainment duo that mix the rich sounds of the violin with layered accompaniment for energetic and engaging performances. This Des Moines, Iowa-based group performs a wide range of repertoire that audiences of all ages will enjoy. Geneviève and Hanna first met in 2012 as stand partners in the Des Moines Symphony. Their love of music, performing and exploring the boundaries of music led them to form the Dueling Fiddles. What started as a fun project has quickly evolved into a main stage performance act, and they enjoy performing and connecting with fans in Des Moines and across the Midwest. Their love of sharing their music with others fuels their energy on stage, and they guarantee a concert where fans will walk away having enjoyed the music, energy, and virtuosic talent of the Dueling Fiddles.

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Gold Night Gold Dust
Good Night Gold Dust's 2016 debut studio EP shined a light on the Mankato-based indie-electronic quartet and found the band counted among the most exciting new acts in Minnesota, gaining praise from UK blog Clash Magazine, YVYNYL and MPR's 89.3 The Current, among other outlets. GNGD has also shared stages with national and international acts such as The Rural Alberta Advantage, Gordi, HÆLOS, and Middle Kids. Their sophomore studio EP It Could Have Been You (produced by Brett Bullion) is a moving collection of songs both meditative and urgent that explores ideas of isolation, loss, and recovery. Featuring dual lead vocalists from Laura Schultz and Colin Scharf, GNGD's dynamic live performance transforms the dreamscapes of their recordings into a powerful cinematic reality.

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Guitarras ATM
Guitarras ATM plays many different Latin genres including, boleros, cumbias, rancheras, corridos, Latin jazz and mariachi music. The members of the band are RJ Hernandez (rhythm guitar, vocals, percussion), Victor Lara (requinto (3/4 guitar) bass, guitar and is the lead vocalist), Rich Salas (lead guitar, bass guitar and vocals), Jesse Hernandez-Congas (light percussion), and Benny Lozano- Accordion (saxophone).

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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Joshua Sinclair
Using only a guitar, a microphone, and a loop pedal, Joshua Sinclair has been described as "Keith Urban meets Ed Sheeran," performing over 140 shows a year throughout the Midwest and beyond. With 15 original albums under his belt, four record deals (Mutiny 2k NYC, PlayTyme Ent, Dreammakers Music, a developmental deal with Universal Motown), and having placed over 30 songs in film and network television, including MTV, NBC, and more, Sinclair shows no signs of slowing down & is currently touring in support of his latest two singles, released in the spring of 2021.

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Lani
Lani is a Colombian American singer/songwriter and self-taught keyboardist based in Des Moines, Iowa. Catchy melodies and lyrical hooks seem to always be at her disposal, documenting the stories of her soul. Her delicate yet powerful voice that has the power to touch every heart it comes across. There is beauty in love and an equal amount of beauty in pain, and through her songwriting and her performances, Lani captures what it means to be beautifully vulnerable. She released her debut album "Reminiscent" in late June on all major streaming platforms, highlighting a love story from beginning to end, even after the end? Music heals, and Lani strives to connect to the communities around her through the experience of musical healing. She has now developed her own motto for her songwriting journey: "Music for the soul, from the soul."

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The Maytags
The Maytags’ modern take on classic soul is the sum of its six members and the dozen well-trained ears that come with them. They operate out of Des Moines, Iowa, but the individual segments of The Maytags have roots from New York to St. Louis. This fully manifests itself on the band’s newest release, the 2019 LP, "Meriweather," where the manic bustle of the big city thrums in bandleader Dustin Smith’s croon, but the sentiments are as isolated and picturesque as a Midwestern expanse.

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Monkey Monkey Monkey
Monkey Monkey Monkey is a band based in Central Iowa. Members include Lance Eaton, Mark Leeper and Andy TeBockhorst (all formerly of The Flying Marsupials). The Flying Marsupials were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Monkey Monkey Monkey has been playing together since 2014 and has performed at many local venues and city celebrations throughout DSM.

Monkey Monkey Monkey uses a combination of traditional insturments and technology to create a full band experience with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies.

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NOLA Jazz Band
NOLA Jazz Band started playing regularly in March 2015. In only a few short years their “gutsy and heartfelt” New Orleans Jazz stylings have earned them a nationwide fan base. Band members also include Iowa Music Hall of Famers. This five-generation group led by clarinetist Jeff Kane has played with some of the biggest movers and shakers in the New Orleans, Hot Jazz, and NYC Traditional Jazz scenes including: Bria Skonberg, Marla Dixon and Shotgun Jazz Band, Paul Mehling and Sam Rocha of Hot Club of San Francisco, Davina Sowers of Davina and the Vagabonds, Dom Flemon and many others. Band members have also played at well-known clubs in New Orleans.

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2021 Principal Cultural Stage Lineup

The 2021 Principal Cultural Stage will feature musicians and dancers showcasing culturally diverse performances.

Friday

11:30 a.m. – Noon: Larry Berenguel
2:30 – 3 p.m.: Abe Goldstein (Java Jews)
5 – 5:30 p.m.: Tavita Taueetia (Somoa/Hawaii)
6 – 6:45 p.m.: Vera Babich

Saturday

Noon – 12:30 p.m.: Gateway Dance Theater
1 – 1:45 p.m.: Soten Taiko (Japan)
2:30 – 3 p.m.: MacKenzie Highlanders
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.: Emmett Phillips
5 – 5:30 p.m.: Joyenes Embajadores (Latino Heritage Festival)

Sunday

12:30 – 1 p.m.: Annalyn Vida & Larry Berenguel
1:30 – 2 p.m.: Foy Irish Dancers
2:30 – 3 p.m.: Genesis Youth Foundation
3:30 – 4 p.m.: Cucho Madero