As a run-up to the annual World Food & Music Festival, the Des Moines Social Club is celebrating World Food and Music from September 12th to September 18th with a week of diverse events featuring culturally and musically diverse artists from across the globe.  The Social Club has curated 4 shows that include performers from Hungary to England by way of India, and genres that range from a brass septet to a troupe of Ethiopian azmari musicians and dancers.


An evening with Fendika

Monday, September 12th

Fendika is a troupe of accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Ethiopia. Fendika features six performers, including two dancers and a singer, and features authentic instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre).

Check out the show preview by Casey Erixon
















Wednesday, September 14th

Söndörgő is one of the most active and interesting world music groups in Hungary. With a modern take on traditional Balkan music, the foot-stomping, get-on-your-feet-and-move music feels like Bluegrass but sounds like something entirely new.













The Dhol Foundation (DJ Set)

Thursday, September 15th

A fusion of Indian Bhangra beats and US club music, led by a front line of dhol drummers. Drum and bass, tabla and hip hop – not a show to be missed.

Check out the show preview by Christopher Ford!

Rav & JK 2TDF













Sunday, September 18th

A seven-piece Austrian ensemble that redefines brass-band music. Utterly incredible skills meet the necessary youthful and charming freshness in playing, musical arrangements.












Celebrate World Food & Music Week in Downtown Des Moines! This week-long celebration culminates in the annual World Food & Music Festival September 16 – 18, produced by the Downtown Community Alliance, which is a pillar of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more at