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.
Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage
The Polk County Board of Supervisors Main Stage showcases local and regional musicians and will feature artisist Kat Perkins and the Tony Bohnenkamp All-Star Band. Visit the schedule page for the complete 2018 lineup.
Principal Cultural Stage
The Principal Cultural Stage features musicians and dancers showcasing culturally diverse performances. Visit the schedule page for the complete 2018 lineup.
A semi-finalist on NBC’s "The Voice," singer/songwriter Kat Perkins is a rock singer you don’t want to miss. Kat’s first singer, Fearless, hit number 5 on iTunes charts and has had over 250,000 streams and digital downloads.
Tony Bohnenkamp All Star Band
Tony Bohnenkamp is a veteran of countless piano bars, music venues and private functions across the Midwest. His performances are driven by audience requests and participation, and draw from his massive and diverse catalog, ranging from Billy Joel to Elton John, Van Morrison to Neil Diamond, Journey to Johnny Cash, and Garth Brooks to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with countless songs form the 60’s through today scattered everywhere in-between. When he ads his 3-piece band to the mix, you’ll hear all of these songs at their rocked out best.
The Festival Lineup
Birdchild is a Duo Acoustic-Pop group based out of the Midwest consisting of the combined vocals and guitars of Drew Birdsall and Justin Goodchild. They throw their own spins on fun covers from the 70's to today
Brazilian Twins. American Music. Growing up in the violent favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian twin brothers found solace in classical music on violins their father handmade. Their love of music and desire to positively impact the world led them on a wild ride to the United States, in pursuit of the biggest stages in the world. Featuring a lead violin and ukulele, this show is equal parts rock concert, dance party and interactive live show experience.
For Lily DeTaeye, there is no backup plan when it comes to her music career. A full-time student at the University of Iowa by day and full-time recording artist by night, her approach to songwriting and musicality shows that, despite her young age, she’s no stranger to the stage or studio. With a powerful, soulful voice reminiscent of Norah Jones, and a diverse musical ability spanning indie folk rock to pop, she’s an absolute delight leaving her audiences reeling.
Girls Rock! Des Moines
Girls Rock! Des Moines lifts up the unique voices of girls through creative expression. They believe each girl should have a chance to celebrate her one-of-a-kind identity, her own inner strength and creativity and connect to the world around them through music education, art and performance. They encourage girls to explore their inner rocker, develop creative habits, and discover what inspires them. At GR!DSM, every rocker gets to share her unique voice with the world because every girl's voice rocks.
Ace Jones is a Sunnyvale, California native singer/songwriter from Marion, Iowa. He writes, records, and produces his own music out of his home studio. Ace delivers a range from high energy to somber reflection. Ace is fit to entertain people of all ages! His biggest influences are Andrew Mcmahon, Nick Torres, Matchbox 20, Blink 182, Nick Santino, Dave Smallen, Anthony Raneri and Johnny Cash.
The skill of the band, no matter if you’re talking about their instrumental fluency or modern take on classic soul, can be traced back to a dozen good ears and the will to train them. They operate out of DSM, but the individual pieces of The Maytags have roots in New York and St. Louis. It sounds like it, too: the manic bustle of the big city thrums in bandleader Dustin Smith’s croon, but the sentiments are as isolated and picturesque as a Midwest expanse.
NOLA Jazz Band
The NOLA Jazz Band has played alongside a number of well-known traditional jazz and music groups including Davina & The Vagabonds from Minneapolis, Sony recording artist Bria Skonberg from New York City, and Dom Flemons of The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Individual band members have shared the stage with Vincent Gardner, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Kurt Elling, and many other well know jazz artists. NOLA Jazz Band members have also been inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Parranderos Latin Combo (PLC) is a Latin music group based in DSM, IA. The group’s self-titled debut album includes nine original songs written in Iowa and recorded in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Grammy award-winning engineers Ramon Martinez and Carlos Velazquez. This collaboration between the 14 musicians from South America, The Caribbean and the Midwest, was funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for The Arts.
Using only a guitar, microphone, and a loop pedal, Joshua Sinclair's live performance has been described as "Ryan Adams meets Ed Sheeran," performing originals as well as popular cover tunes. Twenty years with 14 original albums released, multiple national tours, three record deals, Sinclair has touched thousands of lives coast-to-coast with no signs of slowing down.
The Sheet are exactly how they sound – they are The Sheet! The Sheet is a well-established “No Coast”, DSM based cover band, bringing a reggae-infused summer vibe to every show! Putting their no-coast vibe on everything from Bob Marley to Johnny Cash and Tom Petty to Sublime, they cater to all ages making them feel engaged and happy.
The Punching Pandas are a high-energy party band playing everything from pop, to funk, rock, country and all genres in-between! This seven-piece band from DSM specializes in booty shaking music and audience participation, so get ready for a wild and rowdy good time.
Since bursting on to the Midwestern music scene with the band High and Lonesome in 1992, David Zollo has had a busy career. Along with constant touring, he founded and operated the seminal, Iowa-based, roots music label, Trailer Records (Bo Ramsey; Joe and Vicki Price; Greg Brown; The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Parkeooper; Pieta Brown, as well as his own work, and that of others), played keyboards and sang harmonies on many records by Nashville folk singer Todd Snider; fellow Iowan William Elliot Whitmore, and Greg Brown, amongst many other artists; and worked as a producer.