A note from the Programming desk:

Hello everyone – Mickey here. As Program Director at the Social Club, I see submissions from bands and artists come across my desk every day, and one of my favorite parts of this job is finding artists who, usually unexpectedly, blow me away with their live performance. I’ll be the first to tell you that there’s always a lot happening at the Social Club, so I wanted to take a moment and let you know about some upcoming shows about which I am particularly excited. I’d love for you to join me in attending these shows – these bands may be new to you, and while you may not like all of them, you’re going to see something unexpected and hopefully find a new band to love.

 

THIS WEEKEND! FRESH FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

AUGUST 19 & 20, COURTYARD & BASEMENT AT DMSC

Okay, I didn’t book this one, but we’re so excited to be hosting Iowa’s first ever Hip Hop music festival, and it’s gonna be a doozy. Particularly excited for the headliner, TINK, as well as some solid local acts like MarKaus and Typ-O (who you may recognize as one of the actors from the recent production of Hooded in the Kum & Go Theater.

TINK: Up and coming R&B singer / rapper – only 21 years old, she’s going to be huge one day.
LISTEN: This song is all you need to know
FOR FANS OF: Monica, Lauryn Hill

DOORS 4PM FRIDAY, 11AM SATURDAY I SINGLE DAY $20 TWO-DAY $25 


DMSC PRESENTS: THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT  / ABBIE & THE SAWYERS

AUGUST 21, KUM & GO THEATER

The first show of our DMSC PRESENTS: SUMMER / FALL 2016 series!
THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT: Young bluegrass band, amazing playing. They’re actually barefoot when they play!
FOR FANS OF: The Giving Tree Band, Old Crow Medicine Show
ABBIE & THE SAWYERS: Feel-good folk / Americana from Des Mones

DOORS 6PM I MUSIC 7PM I $12 ADVANCE I $15 DOORS I ALL AGES


BIRDS OF CHICAGO / DUSTIN SMITH / LIZ MOEN

AUGUST 24, KUM & GO THEATER

 


BIRDS OF CHICAGO
: Gorgeous folk with a gospel feel
FOR FANS OF: Mavis Staples, William Elliot Whitmore
DUSTIN SMITH: Blue-eyed folk / soul from Des Moines, solo for this show
ELIZABETH MOEN: Breakout Iowa musician, haunting voice and powerful lyrics

DOORS 7PM I MUSIC 7:30 PM I $12 ADVANCE I $15 DOORS I ALL AGES


DMSC PRESENTS: WE BANJO 3

AUGUST 31, KUM & GO THEATER


WE BANJO 3
: I told someone I had booked this band and they told me I had booked The Beatles of Irish Music! That’s all I needed to hear.
FOR FANS OF: Gaelic Storm, sing-alongs, The Beatles?

DOORS 6PM I MUSIC 7PM I $15 ADVANCE I $18 DOORS I ALL AGES


THE DES MOINES JAZZ FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 2 & 3, COURTYARD / THEATER / BASEMENT

THE FIRST EVER DES MOINES JAZZ FESTIVAL! Featuring:
DICK OATTS: Iowa native, clarinet player and bandleader
BILL STEWART / LARRY GOLDINGS / PETER BERNSTEIN TRIO: An organ trio! That’s awesome!
Ritmocano
Christopher’s Very Happy band
the NOLA Jazz Band
the Synergy Nonet
The Lacona Trio
+ much more! We’ll send another email only about this festival, but for now buy your tickets in advance!

SEPTEMBER 2:
NOLA Jazz Band, 5pm – 7pm in THE BASEMENT ($5, not included with festival ticket)
Late Night Jam Session: 9pm – late in THE BASEMENT (free)
SEPTEMBER 3:
THE DES MOINES JAZZ FESTIVAL in the COURTYARD / THEATER 11am – 10pm ($10, $50 VIP)
LATE NIGHT JAM PART II, 10pm in THE BASEMENT (free)


NRBQ / LOS STRAITJACKETS

SEPTEMBER 10, THE BASEMENT



NRBQ
: Stumping people since 1966! This enigmatic rock/jazz/performance art group celebrates 50 years of being your favorite musician’s favorite musician .
FOR FANS OF: Twins, Bo Diddley, that bar Knucklehead’s in Kansas City
LOS STRAITJACKETS: Instrumental surf rock group, they wear Luchador masks while playing and that ISN’T the weirdest thing about them.
FOR FANS OF: Dick Dale, muscle cars

DOORS 9PM I MUSIC 10PM I $25 ADVANCE I $30 DOORS I ALL AGES

 


DMSC PRESENTS: FENDIKA

SEPTEMBER 12, THE BASEMENT


FENDIKA: A dance / music group all the way from Ethiopia! This group works hard to keep a specific form of music and culture alive, through both touring and running a space for art in Addis Ababa that sounds oddly like the Social Club.
FOR FANS OF: I don’t know anything that sounds like this and that’s awesome!

DOORS 6PM I MUSIC 7PM I $12 ADVANCE I $15 DOORS I ALL AGES

 


OTHER THINGS ABOUT WHICH I AM EXCITED


ANCIENT POSSE EXISTS

This is a new band out of Des Moines who are playing their first show ever on August 19. They play here October 22 with Helado Negro, an electronic musician from New York.


WE’RE RUNNING A FILM FESTIVAL

The Social Club is running the 48 Hour Film Project this year, which is an awesome event in which teams have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a film. Best of Screenings are AUGUST 18 at Fleur Cinema & Cafe. Check it out!


YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO COOK WITH BEER

The DMSC Culinary Loft and Avery Brewing are teaming up to teach a class that not only teaches you to pair beer with your favorite dishes, but also instruct the proper ways to cook with it. Sign up now for the August 25 class!

 

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of these artists! Technology!