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25th Anniversary Kick-Off Concert

Thursday, June 23, 7:30 p.m. on the Roots Stage

William Elliott Whitmore

A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore. With his powerful voice and honest approach, Whitmore comes from the land, growing up on a family farm in Lee County, Iowa. Still living on the same farm today, Whitmore has truly taken the time to discover where his center lies, and from that he will not be moved.

Whitmore has repeatedly carved his own path, honoring the longstanding tradition of folk music throughout his nearly 20-year career, while always allowing his blues, soul and punk rock influences to shine through. He has toured across the United States and has performed on some of the biggest stages around the world such as Stagecoach Fest, Byron Bluesfest (Australia) and End of the Road Fest (UK).

Event Information

Kick-Off Concert Parking
Free parking courtesy of Nationwide is available at their parking ramp at 12th and Cherry St.

Event Hours

Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Event Entrance
Set-up for the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival will be happening across the Festival site during the kick-off concert. Please be respectful of the artists and vendors as they prepare their booths for the weekend.

The Roots Stage is located in the parking lot east of 1416 Locust St.

Kick-Off Concert Amenities
A Festival Beverage Station will be open serving beer, wine, cocktails and Atlantic Bottling Company products. The Beverage Station accepts touchless pay or credit/debit cards only. Festival food vendors will not be open. Please enjoy a Downtown restaurant before the show.


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The Kick-Off Concert is made possible thanks to Meet in Iowa, a meeting and event incentive reimbursement program by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Tourism Office, administered by the Iowa Restaurant Association and Iowa Hotel & Lodging Association.
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