Bluegrass Jam Sessions

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Des Moines Bluegrass open jam sessions every first and third Sunday night from 7 to 8p.  Come listen, sing, and play along for a night of acoustic home-spun buegrass. For more information, and Songs of the
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Clean Cause Concert 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Drake_U ONE & present Clean Cause Concert 2012 at Mars Cafe on Thursday, March 8th at 7p.

884 million people do not have access to clean water, basic sanitation facilities could transform the lives of millions. Come learn about clean water initiatives while enjoying live music and raffle prizes.


A Conquered Family Thanksgiving

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Join us for the second annual Conquered Family Thanksgiving.  We’ll provide some instruments…you provide the songs.  Come out, play, and be heard!  No judgement; no criticism; no matter.  The way music should be enjoyed.

Tuesday Nov 22, 7pm-10pm

Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution will be playing a live set Thursday, October 13 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

The Anatomy of Frank w/Danger Ronnie and the Spins + Matt Haydon

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Live music of The Anatomy of Frank, and Danger Ronnie and the Spins performing this Sunday, Oct. 2nd 7-10pm.

The Anatomy of Frank:

Danger Ronnie and the Spins:

Dogtown Fest – Sept 24, 2pm-10pm

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Live Music: Statute of Liberty w/ Daniel and the Lion, Katey Sleeveless and It’s True!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Stop in this weekend for free live music!

Friday, August 19th 7:00p-10:00p: Statute of Liberty w/ Daniel and the Lion

Saturday, August 20th 7:00p-10:00p: Katey Sleeveless and It’s True!


Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


I’ve been digging this band for a little while now. Really not much longer than they came into existence. This group consists of a mash-up of other bands, all greats in of themselves. Scott Yoshimura, Erik Knudtson, Becca Smith, Wayde Stover and frontwoman Dana Halferty bring jangling guitars and indie-pop melodies to the Des Moines scene.

Bands like these make me feel like Des Moines has its very own Broken Social Scene circle of musicians. And we do.

Parlours are playing at Mars Cafe coming up this November 27. Facebook event: here.

A Conquered Family Thanksgiving

Friday, November 19th, 2010

final conquered

Join Christopher the Conquered and the River Monks for a magical evening of interactive creation. Come share your Songs, your Stories, your Self. Bring a clarinet, a guitar, a saxophone, a sitar. Children shakin’ shakers becomin’ music-makers. Let us celebrate our culture & community! Let us know one another! Let us be happy!


7pm. Tuesday November 23rd.

Facebook Event: here

Seedlings + Jacob Tyler Wolfgang

Saturday, October 16th, 2010


These folks artists aren’t just musicians. They are community focused, and passionately driven. And they’re good. Don’t pass up this free opportunity to hear their music live.

ps. I’ve always wanted to know if Jacob Tyler Wolfgang’s “Tigers” hoodie is just a part of his performance. I’ve never seen him perform without it. Check out the show this weekend and see if I’m right.

Watch Jacob Tyler Wolfgang + Seedlings perform this upcoming weekend (Friday, Oct 22) at 7:30pm.