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Kum & Go Theater
8:30 – The Candeez
9:15 – Holy White Hounds
10:15 – Black Diet
11:15 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
12:00 – Countdown to 2015 with Human Ball Drop, Balloons, Confetti, Champagne of Beers Toast, and Kissing
Between sets: Aerial performances from Iowa Fly Girl, plus a swanky best dressed contest
Photo booth by Joe Crimmings
DJ Tone Zone
Comedians Andrew Lopez, CJ Toledano
Live Painting from Saulaman Schlegel
VIP Lounge with bar, music, board games, catered food, and cool exclusive VIP-things
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Jump in the Firehouse time machine and travel with us at Bash to the Future with a headlining performance by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, along with endless entertainment, live music, interactive art installations, photo booths, signature cocktails, aerial performances, and human ball drop.
Full lineup of performers:
Theme and Attire
Bash to the Future explores three aspects of our city: reflecting on where Des Moines was 50 years ago, pondering its present day and looking 50 years into its future. Retro 1965 style or futuristic 2065 attire is encouraged. Check out our Pinterest board for ideas!
Food and Drink
Bash to the Future will have a full cash bar featuring specialty cocktails, plus PBR and Blue Moon. A variety of non-alcoholic beverages will be available for the designated drivers and under 21 crowd. Food will be available for purchase and Malo will also be open.
About the Performers
It has been 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah started, and they’re about to release their fourth record, Only Run. Like the previous three, CYHSY will market and distribute the album independently. From the get go, this ethos struck a chord with fans, but it was merely an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s core belief: “The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience,” he recently told Fast Company magazine. “If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly.”
Holy White Hounds is an Iowa rock band. From the moment they burst onto the scene, Brenton Dean and Ambrose Lupercal have been bringing their brand of garage rock to stages across Iowa and the Midwest. Now, along with drummer Seth Luloff, the Holy White Hounds have tightened their energy into a trio of focused pure rock fury. Holy White Hounds released an EP, Oh, Mama!, in 2013. They are currently writing and recording a full-length.
Black Diet is a Minnapolis-based garage/indie/soul band with a sartorial flair. Indebted to Stax records, they put on shows that look like Baptist church services held at punk houses. Part of a stream of vintage-sounding acts coming out of Minneapolis’ Piñata Records, they’re spitting out sharp, testimonial jams for the masses.
The Candeez are Iowa’s hottest female variety show band. With a professional sound and explosive dynamics, the Candeez deliver a modern and unique twist to the entertainment world! These ladies capture any crowd, specializing in top 40 hits, pop, and Motown.
With his giant collection of vinyl records, DJ Tone Zone spins the night away. His style is 60’s pop with a flair for 90’s indie rock, so get ready to dance to all the favorites you forgot were your favorites.
Comic C.J. Toledano has been a staff writer on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” where he was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, a consulting writer for “The Onion News Network,” and the script intern for “Conan.” He was also one of five finalists in Just For Laughs Montreal & New York Television Festival’s “From Set To Screen: The TV Comedy Search.” Most recently, you may have seen him as a correspondent on the brand new spin-off show “The Soup Investigates” on The E! Network.
About the Artists
Trey Reis and Nick Williams
Through the continuing combined effort of fans, music historians, and private collectors, with each year that passes, we know more about the music of years past. It’s a picture with an ever-changing nature. How will a more complete picture, and therefore, a more thorough understanding of our musical history affect the sounds of 2065? To guess is to create possibilities; to begin painting the picture.
Trey Reis and Nick Williams will present an installation featuring the layers of a single ambient piece of music split up individually and separated all around a 360 degree sound space. As each layer repeats on its own timeline, the overall piece will continue to change each time it is heard, like an environment being painted, removed, and reconfigured before your ears.
Nick and Trey’s Duo
Becca Kacanda is a thing-maker originally from New York City and now living in Dubuque, Iowa. She studied graphic design at The School of Visual Arts and currently enjoys collecting trinkets, jewels, weird craft supplies, fake flowers, and seashells and making three dimensional collages and mini grottos/shrines. She hopes one day to transform a whole house that people can visit and freak out in. In the meantime she also sells stickers, pins, keychains and other tiny things in her online shop.
Ramona Muse Lambert
Ramona Muse Lambert currently teaches at the Des Moines Art Center and has taught a variety of art mediums to kids and adults at schools, museums, and workspaces in Central and Eastern Iowa since getting her BFA from Iowa State in 2006. She is an illustrator, painter, seamstress, and performer (Leslie and the Lys, Ramona and the Swimsuits, Mona’s Pub Quiz).
Saulaman Schlegel graduated from Grand View University with a Visual-Arts Bachelors’ degree and a concentration in Creative Writing. Saulaman was recently a participant in the Emerging Iowa Artists group, showing work at the 2014 Des Moines Art Festival. His paintings and drawings have also appeared in several collegiate journals, and in collaboration with other artists at the 80/35 Des Moines music festival.
All ticket proceeds go towards fulfilling the mission of the Des Moines Social Club to use the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement.