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The Strumbellas

Friday, June 28, 8:45 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Strumbellas know how to plot a long game. The six-piece collective may have rocketed to mainstream success two years ago with their breakthrough hit "Spirits," but have always been thinking one step ahead. For their new single "Salvation," out November 30, the group looked back to ideas that were hatched around the time of its eponymous debut EP in 2009, parsing through voice notes that predated the first album.

"It's like a jigsaw puzzle," explains Simon Ward, The Strumbellas' vocalist, acoustic guitarist and main songwriter. "I find pieces that feel like they could fit together, then I change the tempo and melody until it sparks. I say alright! This is what I've got! Then it gets pushed forward and everyone gets in and adds their parts."

For the group, which also consists of David Ritter (keys), Jeremy Drury (percussion), Isabel Ritchie (strings), Jon Hembrey (guitar) and Darryl James (bass), "Salvation" marks a stylistic turn from their melancholy, introspective releases. Over a punching backbeat, Ward sings optimistically of life and the good that it can bring: "I like to dance under streetlamps and walk upon the clouds/I like to shout from the rooftops and surf on top of the crowd/For many years, many years I was scared of the person I was/And I'm not perfect, they say, but I know that I was born to be loved."

"A lot of our music is known for being dark," says Ritter. "I like that people can turn to our music in dark times, but we were interested in seeing whether we could make something a little more hopeful and positive. I think the song has a more positive feel than our previous stuff."

"Salvation," produced by Tim Pagnotta (Elle King, Walk the Moon), is a decidedly notable pivot towards pop for The Strumbellas, which describes itself as a primarily "country, folky band." But they also explain that they're "pop music junkies," and that their catalog has been edging towards an increasingly accessible sound from the start. "Our whole dream has been to make cool, small-town music with just a fun, poppy feeling," says Ward. "Every record we do, we get closer to that. 'Salvation' is exactly what we wanted to do, what we were hoping to get out of this song and record: fun, poppy songs that are sad and weird."

The band, which is currently in the studio working on its fourth album, is riding high on the success of its last project Hope, which released in 2016 via Glassnote Music (world ex-Canada) / Six Shooter Records (Canada). "Spirits" became a runaway hit for The Strumbellas, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and cracking the international market in countries including Germany, Italy and France. They spent the past few years on the road, touching down at festivals including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. In 2017, they won the iHeartRadio Music award for Best New Alternative Rock Artist of the Year, and collected the JUNO Award for Single of the Year ahead of Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes.

For The Strumbellas, though, accolades are secondary to connecting with their fans, and making sure their music is received the way that they intended. "If we can add a little of color to somebody's day, that's the ball game for me," says Ritter. "Everything we put out is genuine," adds Ward. "I want 10 million people to sing these songs in my lifetime and I can be there to sing it with them in the crowd, on the same level. I just want everyone to believe in it and love it and be part of the journey."

The Family Stone

Saturday, June 29, 8:45 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Family Stone featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original founding member of Sly & The Family Stone, Jerry Martini and featuring Phunne Stone will present an explosive set of their Psychedelic Funk classic hits from the 60s and 70s that included legendary anthems like "I Want to Take You Higher," "Everyday People," "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin," "Dance To The Music," "Hot Fun In The Summertime," "Family Affair," and many other instantly recognizable tunes.

The band’s raw, unfiltered original sound shaped the music of artists such as Janet Jackson, Prince, The Jackson 5, Miles Davis, Run DMC, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, John Mayer, John Legend, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Doris Day, Lenny Kravitz, The Roots, The Beastie Boys, 2pac, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Fatboy Slim, A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development, Maroon 5, Brandy, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Missy Elliot, Ice T, Kid Rock, Coolio, Queen Latifah, The Beach Boys, Will.i.am, Outkast, Cee Lo Green, Steven Tyler, and countless other mainstream top 40 artists too numerous to mention.

The Family Stone take the Hy-Vee Main Stage on Saturday night, June 29 at 8:45 p.m.

Bo Ramsey

Friday, June 28, 8:00 p.m. on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Hosted by Iowa Public Radio

Sometimes the music chooses an artist. It can arrive in the form of a sound heard in the middle of silence, or maybe a certain guitar is ready to share its secrets. Either way, the spirit world is involved and there is no way to stop it.

Bo Ramsey is used to an outside world invading his inner world with deep messages and mesmerizing songs. As it came time for Ramsey to record again, an idea that had been hanging around would not be denied: an instrumental album. Of course, it has to be a little more convoluted than that. “We have a big kitchen in our house, and I’m always playing guitar in there,” Ramsey says. “There always seems to be two or three amps in there too. One day last fall I was on the road and swung into a guitar store in the Twin Cities and on a stand sitting on top of an amplifier was an old Harmony electric guitar. Just yelling on me.”

That Harmony “yelling” was the birth of Bo Ramsey’s irresistible new album WILDWOOD CALLING. The musician, who was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, and has lived in Iowa City the past few decades, has carved out a unique career for 40 years. And it shows not one sign of slowing down. He has been involved in enough high-profile and low-down endeavors to have become somewhat of a legend, but a legend who still hides from the spotlights and leans away from stardom. Maybe that’s because Ramsey has mystifyingly maintained a devotion to the music side of the music business, and lets everything else fall by the side. Naturally, an all-instrumental album was just a matter of time.

After buying the Harmony guitar, a series of inspirations began to land. First were some musical ideas that got recorded on Ramsey’s phone, and then a band of like-minded musicians began to converge, and get mixed and matched. Finally drummer JT Bates and bassist Marty Christensen found themselves together in Bo Ramsey’s kitchen with engineer Adam Krinsky. Of course, it had to be in the kitchen because that’s where the idea was born and that’s where it had to come to life. Still, the emotional side of the music had to emerge before “the keepers” started being recorded. That is exactly what happened in the two days the players were together in that Iowa kitchen. With Alex Ramsey chiming in on three tracks by way of Minnesota, adding lush living-room piano and perfectly hushed basement keyboards.

It only takes a few seconds of listening to realize something completely off the grid has been captured on WILDWOOD CALLING. Maybe that’s because there’s as much silence as there is sound. Musical guru Miles Davis once famously said that it is “what isn’t played” that is really at the heart of so much timeless music, and that is the secret to Ramsey’s new opus. It is a sound that could probably only hail from the vast heartland of America, a place that hasn’t been completely cluttered with buildings, cars and people. There is so much breathing room on these songs that it feels just like a new life has just been born.

For those who might recognize Bo Ramsey by his association with artists like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown, Kevin Gordon, Pieta Brown, Charlie Parr and others, his new music is the perfect introduction to someone who always listens and plays with his own sonic vision in full motion . So not surprisingly, the list of Ramsey’s accolades is long: including Grammy-Award Winning Guitar Player, 2 Time Grammy Nominated Producer, Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer. And if there were other Iowa halls of fame he would no doubt be in them too. But above all, Ramsey is a proud card-carrying member of his own hall of fame, which is the one where he chases the sounds in his head and his heart. He is always looking for a way to wrestle them into a recording so he can share that love of music with friends and strangers alike.

WILDWOOD CALLING is an album for the ages, and the perfect calling card for anyone with an interest in hearing the past, the present and the future rolled into one. Long may Bo Ramsey run.
- Bill Bentley. July 2016.

William Elliott Whitmore

Saturday, June 29, 8:00 p.m. on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

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. Getting his first break opening for his friend's hardcore band with just a banjo in hand, he would discover bands like The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Lungfish and Minutemen and soon learn to play his own brand of rural, roots music with that same DIY ethic.

William Elliott Whitmore has been back and forth across the United States and to cities around the world. He's toured with such diverse acts as Frank Turner, Trampled By Turtles, Clutch and Chris Cornell to name a few. He's appeared on some of the biggest stages around the world including Stagecoach Fest, Byron Bluesfest (Australia) and End of the Road Fest (UK). His willingness to take his show to any playing field has proved invaluable as he turned strangers to diehards with every performance.

The Mowgli's

Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

One of the most exciting things in all of music is discovering a band early on, following them throughout their career and watching that moment as they come into their own. For California alt-pop band THE MOWGLI'S that moment is two-fold on their superb third album "Where'd Your Weekend Go?," due fall 2016. They not only get to share their songwriting growth with fans who have followed the band since they formed in 2010, the band got to experience it themselves.

Ask singers and principal songwriters KATIE EARL, JOSH HOGAN and COLIN DIEDEN the secret to the band's growth on this new album and they will all say it came from within. "Involving the whole band in the writing process was a hugely important factor in this new record. When everyone's there you just have more brains, more minds," HOGAN says. EARL echoes this: "A lot of our songs start with one or two people's ideas and the band puts their mark on them later. This time we spent a great deal of time in the room together as the six of us, building many songs from the ground up."

The results of incorporating band members whose tastes run from "musical theater to black metal to pop" according to HOGAN, are an incredibly diverse collection of songs that run like a musical time machine through the best of the past four decades of music.

From the jangly folk/pop of the Sixties-infused "Arms & Legs,"and the groovy Seventies feel of "Monster" to the 80's inspired "Bad Thing" and anthemic "Spiderweb" this latest collection is a testament to songwriting.

One recent song released from the LP, "Spacin Out" is one of the first tracks that came together from jamming in the studio. "'Spacin Out' has a kind of jazzy feel, but it's very Mowgli's, "says HOGAN. "In the bridge we cut to a seven/eight time signature -- it's little things like that come from the fact we have some really amazing musicians in our band." In addition to Dieden, Earl and Hogan, the band is rounded out by MATTHEW DI PANNI (bass), DAVID APPELBAUM (keys) and ANDY WARREN (drums).

The band has been previewing some of the new songs on recent tour dates with great success. "'Monster,' it's just crazy the reaction we've been getting from audiences," DIEDEN says. "It's an immediately familiar-sounding song." They're also playing the album's first released track, "Freakin' Me Out," a thoroughly engaging and winning blend of summer-like pop, R&B and soul that is one of the band's favorite songs since their first LP's debut single "San Francisco."

HOGAN, EARL and DIEDEN freely admit that the success of "San Francisco," which led to TV appearances on The Tonight Show, Conan and Jimmy Kimmel, sold-out tours and, arguably most excitedly, a prominent role in the San Francisco Giants' World Series title in 2012 (the team played it regularly on their way to the championship) had influence on the sophomore record, Kids in Love.

Making that second LP, they felt rushed and pressured by often conflicting outside opinions. But as the cliché goes, "That which does not kill you...." HOGAN credits that experience with motivating the band to take a stand against external forces on this collection. "With this record we were very clear about doing it ourselves and we just said, 'Give us a little time and we'll write you a sick record,'"

They backed it up, showing growth, not only musically, but lyrically as well. "These songs are about really digging deeper into personal issues because there are only so many times you can sing about loving each other. It's not that we have moved past that message necessarily, it's that we want to explore other concepts," HOGAN says. "There's one song on the record, 'Last Forever,' that was meant for the second album but we ended up reworking it a lot. It's a song I was writing going through a breakup and life changes, with a line in the song that says, 'If we lose it altogether, maybe love will last forever.' That, to me, is the opposite of what the Mowgli's would normally say. But I hope people can connect with that sentiment."

Helping them channel all these changes into the growth on the new album is producer Mike Green (Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, The Wanted), who the band was so confident they wanted to work with that they revised their whole recording schedule to accommodate his availability.

To EARL, it was absolutely the right call. "We're a lot of really big personalities, a lot of energy and Mike has this really calming, relaxed vibe that's much different from any of the rest of ours. And he works so fast that nothing gets lost or overthought," she says. "It just felt like the right fit. We had never worked with him before, so we did a trial run, and just clicked."

DIEDEN agrees. "Mike has a really good sense of contemporary popular music but I think he's very aware of how to make ideas sound different and unique. He also understands what people want to hear right now, which is a great balancing act." The band also collaborated with U.K. producer Rob Ellmore on "Automatic" and "Bad Thing," the LP's first radio single. "'Bad Thing'' says Dieden, "is a song about the kind of person who feels so good they're dangerous. The kind of person you want to run away from and pull closer to you simultaneously. The song also makes ya wanna shake your butt with your pals."

All of these elements -- Green, the band's renewed independence and collaborative process -- have weaved together seamlessly to make The Mowgli's third record a career album, that moment where the band steps to the next level as artists. HOGAN and EARL hear it proudly as they listen to the album all the way through.

"It's been really cool to learn and experience everything we have and now, us as people, we're very close and I think we're just at our best," HOGAN says.

"This record is the truest representation of who we are, not just as individuals, but as a band," EARL says. It's the sound of collaboration, it's the sound of listening to and working with each other in ways that we've never done before. I'm really, really proud of every moment. Everybody shines more than they've ever shone. To me, it feels like a rebirth for us."

The 1408

Friday, June 28, 12:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

The 1408 is a new Americana rock experience, originating from Des Moines. In true Americana fashion, the 1408 blends classic country and modern rock sounds on its debut self-titled album available for streaming on June 29, 2019. The 1408 is fronted by Chip Albright (guitar/vocals) and backed by Mark Timm (lead guitar), Tyler Johnson (drums/percussion) and Mike Irwin (bass). The band formed in 2018, as the members all happened to work together at Flynn Wright, located at 1408 Locust, where the band derives its namesake.

Andrew Hoyt

Lucky Duck

Friday, June 28, 2 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Andrew Hoyt has made his way across the Midwest for the past five years, entertaining audiences at weddings, restaurants, breweries, and private events with his ukulele, guitar, and sparkling voice. Andrew performs songs from the 70's to modern music, with a few originals, including local success, "Lucky Duck."


Friday, June 28, 3:15 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Des Moines indie rock featuring a propulsive rhythm section, jangling electric guitars, smokey vocals, and a healthy dose of reverb to define the band’s 80’s alt throwback sound.

Jeff Stagg

Friday, June 28, 3:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Jeff Stagg, a native of Iowa, is an Americana singer/songwriter influenced by such artists as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Gram Parsons. In addition to being a solo act, Jeff also play in the local band “Back Alley Jam.”

The Host Country

Friday, June 28, 5 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Host Country’s genre experimentation puts them in a category of their own. Their music is a fusion of folk, rock, and blues; a mix of raw and vulnerable, all combined with hauntingly passionate chord shifts. Dual writing credits between Ty Wistrand & Diana Weishaar put forth versatile songs that are evocative and intimate. Ty (guitar/vocals), Diana (keys/vocals), Michael Lovan (guitar), Tom Rue (bass), and Ethan Weishaar (drums) are musical storytellers and engaging performers on stage. You can find their work on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, or Bandcamp.

Adam Bruce

Friday, June 28, 5 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Adam Bruce is a Des Moines-based Prairie Soul singer and songwriter. Adam's honest, direct songwriting reflects his rural Midwestern upbringing while his vocal howl recalls an impassioned Southern revival. Adam debuted in 2017 with the “Wild Rose EP,” a five song collection of folk-influenced compositions. In November 2018, Adam released the “Amends EP,” a dynamic follow up produced by Brandon Darner and featuring a band of the region’s top musicians. Adam currently performs as a duo with his wife April Lynn and formerly fronted alt-country group the New Bodies.


Friday, June 28, 6:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

DICKIE’s 2015 self-titled release was a moody testimonial of singer-songwriter Dick Prall. After a quick succession of personal losses, Prall took those experiences and nestled them inside a beautifully-layered soundtrack that found DICKIE on the top of several “Best of” lists that year. The 2019 incarnation of DICKIE finds him working with talented drummer/multi-instrumentalist Billy Barton, inducing a batch of head-bobbing sing-alongs. And though the one common thread of Prall’s past work has been a penchant for liberal production, he and Barton were charged by producers Pat Sansone (Wilco) and Joshua Shapera to take a more modest approach for the newest record, Minus Thieves.

The restrained effort was performed at The Magic Barn just outside the small town of Solon, IA. The infamous rural studio houses the gear of NYC’s now-defunct The Magic Shop where many iconic artists have recorded, including David Bowie, Blondie, Lou Reed, and The Ramones. With Minus Thieves, DICKIE and company reach back even further into the archives of recording history by applying a simple formula of straightforward guitars of all sonic sizes articulated seamlessly with Barton’s play-for-the-song style of drumming. Sansone and Shapera’s “focus on what matters” production is achieved in a manner that welcomes you to happily ingest the most important parts of any pop-tinged record. It focuses on Prall’s knack for infections melody and Barton’s solid rhythm that may put this DICKIE record on your booty-shakin’ playlist.

Though Minus Thieves offers a lean departure from the meticulously orchestrated past Prall records, the clever songwriting is still apparent; it’s just simply served in a way that harkens back to the earlier days of rock and roll. It’s a refreshing addition, even a restart, to Prall’s catalog of albums, and the partnership with Barton has proven to be a welcome transformation from DICKIE 1.0.

DICKIE’s Minus Thieves is slated to release Spring of 2019, followed by extensive touring throughout the U.S.

Chris Falcon

Saturday, June 29, 12:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

After fronting indie rock band, Dropping Sully, for years, Chris Falcon relocated
from Baltimore to Des Moines and began the process of honing his solo performance chops out of necessity. Now with 5 years as a solo act under his belt, Chris has emerged with his own brand of folk rock on the Des Moines scene. Blending folk, rock and bluegrass structures, impassioned smokey vocals and feet planted firmly on the ground, he takes his audience on an adventure through the world as he sees it. As he finishes production on his forthcoming acoustic EP, 'Here From There', you can catch one of his high energy live shows in and around Des Moines.

Central Iowa Music Lab

Saturday, June 29, 1:30 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Central Iowa Music Lab (CIML) was created in 2009 by James Biehn, a prominent musician/instructor in the Des Moines area. The goals of CIML are twofold: 1) To give a student enough musical skills to creatively interact with other musicians, and 2) to incorporate computer and Internet technology into each student’s lessons to help accelerate the learning process.
CIML offers lessons in: guitar (group or individual,) bass guitar, drums, music theory, songwriting, and “Rock Band Class,” in which intermediate/advanced students can join each other to learn songs with coaching from experienced musician/bandleaders. We hope to add piano, voice, and band instrument lessons in the near future.

Melanie Devaney

Saturday, June 29, 2 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Melanie Devaney is a folk-Americana singer-songwriter from the small town of Epworth in Dubuque County Iowa (pop. 1,700). Classically trained in piano and holding a degree in Creative Writing, her songs are stories from her own life's adventures and the cast of characters she has met and created along the way. She also perofmrs a number of cover songs by well-known artists such as The Beatles, Eagles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, U2 and Adele. She has been described by the San Diego Kensington News as "a real gem," and her music is "at times country, at times pop, she's like a mix of Carole King and EmmyLou Harris with confessional lyrics and heartfelt music to spare."

Bonne Finken

Saturday, June 28, 3:15 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

"Incredible voice, talent and heart" - Charles Walton, The Examiner.

Bonne Finken was born to sing. By immersing herself into a decade’s worth of studio work, learning composition by ear and writing her own award-winning electronic/rock music, Finken has also become known as one of the midwest’s most memorable musical artists.

Awarded ‘Best Local Musician’ by Des Moines’ Cityview Magazine, Finken quickly made a name for herself in Des Moines’ local scene began to discover herself as a composer and songwriter, in addition to a live performer. Numerous songs written by Finken have reached as high as #1 on college radio across the nation and have been featured on commercials and national television shows (MTV, E!, Oxygen, etc.)

The attention her albums garnered led to gigs with nationally recognized acts like The Verve Pipe, KT Tunstall and Joan Jett and landed Finken an official showcase at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX.

Finken hit the ground running, performing over 100 shows a year.

Summer of 2014 saw the groundbreaking release of Finken’s third independent album, “Fairytales/LoveAffairs”, which included collaboration with multi-platinum talents Brandon Darner (The Envy Corp), Matt Sepanic (Slipknot) and Michael Krompass (Smash Mouth, Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield) along with trusted producer and bandmate, Jon Locker.

Nominated as "Album of the Year" by Seattle's Indie Music Digest, Finken changed the scope of her local scene when she became the first independent Iowa artist to receive regular rotation on Top 40 radio station STAR 102.5FM (KSTZ) with her single 'Step Back Baby'. In 2016 Bonne received an Emmy® award as Composer and Music Director for the documentary "FarmHer" by Iowa Public Television. Summer 2019 will mark the release of Bonne's third full-length studio album. Stay tuned to her website and social media for upcoming news and tour dates.

Lojo Russo

Saturday, June 29, 3:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Lojo Russo is a performer who's not comfortable with labels. Her style of music ranges from roots rock to blues to Americana and more often lies in the in-between creating a sound and experience that is at once unique and familiar. Originally from Minnesota she has called Iowa her home for the last 15 years and the Mississippi River has been part of her landscape the entire time. Which may be why her music seems to move so effortlessly from one genre to the next. One moment she’s laying down a furious rhythm on the guitar punctuated with a wailing vocal the next we’re floating along carried by intricate finger-picking, her voice as intense and haunting as her lyrics.

Copper Smoke Trails

Saturday, June 29, 5 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Born from the passion project of four music students, The Copper Smoke Trials is a band that wears many faces in its quest to play some honest, “make-you-move” music. This Cedar Falls-based psychedelic, “retro-Western” rock quartet feeds its mission from many estuaries, drawing inspiration from roots and blues, while experimenting with the interplay of jazz and fusion. With a vast background of different musical training, the four members bring their own inspirations into the mix, as is clear by their energetic live shows and the dialogue of sound between them.
From is origins as the solo project of front man Clayton Ryan, tCST has always been about vivid storytelling, with a sound that’s both warmly familiar, and surprisingly new at every twist and turn. Ryan’s powerful, demonic howling brings the listener in with tales of worldly discourse, growing up, and mythological beings. Accompanied by the dense harmonies of his worn guitars and reverb-washed, hot-tube amplifier, the guitar and voice call and respond to one another in symmetry. The true grit of this group comes from the driving organ and electric piano of Andrew Teutsch. “The Reverend” brings the keys to the forefront in ways not seen since the days of John Lord or Ray Manzarek. The pounding of Andy Braught’s signature overdriven basslines keeps the bodies moving, solidifying his reputation as “The Thunder at Your Hips.” His antics with drummer and precision-machine Trevor Ryan- lightning fast and as musical as they come- ensures that The Copper Smoke Trials are as electrifying as they are tight on stage. The band ensures memorable live moments, breaking into spontaneous Latin-jam sessions, lengthy solo episodes, and cathartic crowd-involvement to guarantee that everyone can bring home a little of the “Westward Soul” that they hope makes the world a better place.

Izabel Crane

Saturday, June 29, 5 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

“Who is Izabel Crane?” is a question with quite a few answers. The simplest is that Izabel Crane is the musical moniker of Springfield, MO singer/songwriter Liz Carney, but it’s more than just a stage name. It’s a somewhat amplified version of Carney herself that can contain everything from to deeply personal truths to folklore-esque storytelling, all shrouded in timeless songwriting and Carney’s rich voice--as evidenced by her debut single, Spring Fed River / Creature.

Ryne Doughty and Friends

Saturday, June 29, 6:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Ryne Doughty is a folk-roots musician out of Southeast IA, whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through his music that is understated yet complex and rich with beauty and realness.

Playing behind his third studio album, “Under the Willow Tree”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. Whether he's playing small or large venues, he is turning heads wherever he plays.

With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories. His live performance and studio albums alike will not leave you wanting. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who help influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around.

The Tighten Up

Saturday, June 29, 6:45 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

The Tighten Up is a horn band in the tradition of James Brown, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire and other classic soul bands. They honor the rhythm and blues tradition, but bring elements of the blues, rock and jazz into their music.

Girls Rock! Des Moines

Sunday, June 30, 11:30 am on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Since 2013, Girls Rock! Des Moines has been empowering girls through music, education and collaboration. We lift up the unique voices of girls through creative expression. We believe each one of our friends 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. We 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.

Ade & The Soul Brothers

Sunday, June 30, 1 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

Adé & The Soul Brothers is a musical band known for its captivating live performances and soulful undertones. Formed in the heart of the Midwest, these talented musicians deliver an array of diverse musical genres ranging from soul, jazz, blues, funk, soft-rock, and mainstream R&B. Whether they are serenading you with a love ballad, or belting out an infectious upbeat tune, you are guaranteed to get pulled in to an experience that leaves you wanting more and dancing till the sun comes up. So be prepared to become an honorary soul dancer and singer as they carry you along for the ride full of peace, love and soul.

Matt Woods Band

Sunday, June 30, 1:30 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Matt Woods, Guitars, Vocals, Songwriting and Cool Hats

Matt Woods is both a native of Iowa, and a longstanding purveyor of its diverse music scene. As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while staying true to his love of traditional American Music. Woods is well versed in the many shapes this music can take; from traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music. In additional to performing 100+ shows per year as a solo act, playing several roots oriented bands and backing up some of the finest songwriters in the Midwest, Matt ca often be found in the studio, adding guitar parts to a diverse array of recordings.

Erich Gaukel, Bass

Erich Gaukel (bass), a longtime member of The Soul Searchers, plucked his first bass notes at age 14 on a '70s Fender Musicmaster short-scale bass. After stints in garage bands and high school and college jazz bands, Gaukel co-founded the Iowa City bands The Steam Boars and ZoZoe. He later bought his first upright bass and joined boogie-woogie-blues outfit The Soul Searchers, helping the band win the inaugural Iowa Blues Challenge in 1994. Gaukel has continued his work with that band, and in recent years he's toured and performed with Pieta Brown, Bo Ramsey, Rockin' Johnny Burgin, Aki Kumar, and Jim Viner's Incredible B3 Band.

Dwight Dario, Drums

Drummer and New Jersey native Dwight Dario first came to Iowa in 1974 where he spent time playing in the Mother Blues Band, the 3rd Street Sliders with Bo Ramsey, the Rocket 88s, the Little Red Rooster Band, Bob Reidy's Chicago Blues Show with Johnny Littlejohn and in a duo with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Price. Dwight left Iowa in 1984 and after a brief stint in Arizona with Texas Red & the Heartbreakers (where he played with Hans Olson and Janiva Magness) he settled in the Twin Cities. He spent 5 years with Blues Deluxe with R.J. Mischo, during which he was named Best Blues Drummer by the Minnesota Music Association in 1988, 1989, & 1990, and then 14 years with the Big George Jackson Blues Band with whom he toured Europe 12 times. Dwight moved to Des Moines in 2011 and has since played with the likes of Heath Alan, the Soul Searchers, Bob Pace, Matt Woods, and Rob Lumbard. Dwight represented Iowa, along with Bob Pace, at the IBC in Memphis in 2017. In 2014, Dwight was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.

The Maytags

Sunday, June 30, 3 pm on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

You build the history of your heart from a million pieces, starting with an idea of what a million pieces look like when they’re not a heart. This is how a Maytags song works, as well: a saxophone glissando passed out on a pile of unsent letters, a ride cymbal swinging around the block in 6/8, a ghost note chain-smoking away from the bass. Separately, they’re nothing but broken vignettes of soul and funk and jazz gone neither right nor wrong. Together, the way we hear them, they’re the possibility of love. Is anything better? Sure, fine, we can all admit that The Maytags could survive on “sheer vibrancy—there’s just warmth lining every note.” (VICE) Somehow, there’s more than that—with “that” simply (simply!) meaning instrumentation that binds to a vital, reverend-styled plea for life that’s not too unlike a cigarette getting tossed into a 3:00 AM cup of coffee. You know, right before all the good things happen. 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 Des Moines, 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. The band’s newest release, 2019’s Meriweather—an English surname for sure, a pun on “merry weather” for maybe, something you can’t describe but can feel for at least a little while—will be released independently by the band on June 28th. Jon Locker and bandleader Dustin Smith co-produced the album, splitting their time over two years recording it with the group partially at The Sonic Factory in Des Moines, IA and Future Condo Studios in Minneapolis, MN. The Maytags spent a week in a cabin outside of Panora, IA putting the bones in place for the songs on Meriweather. It shows. The quiet sounds you only hear at night creep in where things tend to creep in: the dark reverberating parts in the back, the light-up apparitions from some late70’s fever dream in the front. If you’re smart, you’ll hear it in your town. If you’re lucky, you’ll build your own million piece heart and hear it in there. The Maytags are: Dustin Smith, Sam Mogerman, Andy Poppen, Daniel Kreipke, Aaron Ehrlich, Nick Vasquez

Ben Schrag & The Cautionaries

Sunday, June 30, 3:15 pm on the Roots Stage presented by Meredith

Ben Schrag & The Cautionaries are a songwriter-driven acoustic throwdown, channeling inquisitive indiefolk with plenty of musical punch.
The Cautionaries are: Ben Schrag, Cal Rebhuhn, Jim McNamara, & Sara Goplin
Ben Schrag – Ben has been writing songs with friends since before he could play guitar. He recently received a commendation from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Awards Committee for the original music he contributed to Iowa State University’s 2018 production of IPHIGENIA.
Cal Rebhuhn - Cal has been part of the Ames music scene since 2004, lending his drum sticks to many bands over the years, most recently Mississippi Jake and Evan Campbell For Real.
Jim McNamara - Jim has been playing upright bass since 1986. He earned a bachelors degree in jazz studies from the Eastman School of Music and a masters of fine arts from California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Charlie Haden.
Sara Goplin - Sara has been playing violin since age 4, and when she's not playing the scene as a Cautionary, she gets her music fix as a member of the first violin section of the Des Moines Symphony.

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