Gentlemen of the Road Stopover and No Coast Music Festival Bring Big Names To Iowa

Gentlemen of the Road Stopover and No Coast Music Festival Bring Big Names To Iowa

When the Des Moines Music Coalition created the 80/35 Music Festival nearly a decade ago, they had one goal in mind: put Des Moines on the music map. Mid-level national acts weren’t coming to Iowa at all. They would hit our neighbors in Kansas City, Omaha, Chicago, and the Twin Cities but the state of Iowa was mostly a black hole for touring acts. The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be the time when that vision becomes a reality. We’ve already seen the announcement of the here in Des Moines bringing big names like Old Crow Medicine Show along with indie darlings like Future Islands and Lucius to the metro area, and then yesterday we received news of two other big music events coming to our fair state.

When the Des Moines Music Coalition created the 80/35 Music Festival nearly a decade ago, they had one goal in mind: put Des Moines on the music map. Mid-level national acts weren’t coming to Iowa at all. They would hit our neighbors in Kansas City, Omaha, Chicago, and the Twin Cities but the state of Iowa was mostly a black hole for touring acts. The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be the time when that vision becomes a reality. We’ve already seen the announcement of the Hinterland Music Festival here in Des Moines bringing big names like Old Crow Medicine Show along with indie darlings like Future Islands and Lucius to the metro area, and then yesterday we received news of two other big music events coming to our fair state.

Firstly, Juice reported that Mumford and Sons will be bringing their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour to Waverly, Iowa. My fluctuating level of tolerance for the hokey antics of Marcus Mumford aside, I am more than willing to admit he knows how to cultivate a damn fine line-up. The 80/35 headlining alums The Flaming Lips are just the tip of the iceberg of that lineup, which also includes acclaimed songwriter Jenny Lewis, brassy hotshots Rubblebucket, and the infectiously fun afro-pop outfit, The Very Best, as well as My Morning Jacket, Dawes, and Jeff The Brotherhood.

Meanwhile Hear Nebraska has announced that One Percent Productions, an Omaha-based booking company, has teamed with 89.7 The River to launch the No Coast Music Festival to be held at my old stomping grounds, the Westfair Amphitheater in good ol’ Council Bluffs, Iowa. Details are scant at the moment but with tickets currently on sale for only $10 and acts like Cage The Elephant and Bleachers(!) scheduled to perform it seems at the very least promising.

Stay tuned, Iowans. We’ll keep you posted.

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