Mullets To Mars Benefit Ride Extravaganza!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Mullets To Mars!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend?  We were, too…so we joined forces with Mullets, The Royal Mile, and Gusto Pizza Co. to bring you an end of winter bicycling event to coax you from the warmth of your winter cubby holes, and to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Yes, grab your bike (maybe dust it off/air up the tires) and meet us at Mullet’s (1301 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 515-244-1443) this coming Sunday, March 13th at 10 a.m. for a short ride from lovely downtown Des Moines, through the Sherman Hill district and on to Dogtown!  Along the route we will be stopping for libations at the Royal Mile on beautiful 4th Street, some more refreshments and pizza at Gusto Pizza Co, then some sort of musical entertainment and more celebrating at Mars Cafe.

There is a $25 registration fee which can be paid at Mullets (registration will be open from 10 to 11) the morning of the ride.  Wait? Registration fee?  Yes, and all proceeds from the registration are going directly to the ICADV to raise awareness of and help put a stop to Domestic Violence.  You don’t walk away empty handed, though…

Your registration fee nets you a drink ticket for Mullet’s to help get the party started, another drink ticket for Mars Cafe to keep the party rockin, one raffle ticket, and a ride t-shirt designed by Dan Koenig of Yankee Doodle Tattoo/Ichi Bike and printed by our friends over at 8/7 Central.  The Shirt looks amazingly just like this picture.

And what is this about a raffle?  There will be a raffle drawing at Mars Cafe with prizes provided by Back Country,, Rasmussen Bike Shop, and more.  You receive one ticket with your registration, and have the option to buy more raffle tickets along the way, with one hundred percent of the ticket dollars going directly to ICADV.

Four easy miles, four great stops, fun, prizes, and one great cause.  Dust off your bikes, grab a friend, and get in on the first year of this soon to be legendary annual event!

*Again, all proceeds from registration, raffle tickets, and private donations will go to benefit the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Please help us reach our 2011 goal of raising $1000 to help this great cause.

Deck The Mars: A Holiday Concert

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010


Deck The Mars is a holiday show featuring local musicians coming together in spirit, song & story to celebrate the season.

Join us in collaboration and sing along! The River Monks, Seedlings, Canby, Finn Miles, Jacob Tyler Wolfgang, Scott Gratton, Arin Eaton, Matt Shwery and friends!

We’ll be sharing the joy of the season from 6pm until the night ends. So come one, come all. Deck the Mars. Wear an ugly sweater. Don a turtleneck. Sing along.

While the show is free, we ask you bring a donation for DMARC Red Barrel. We want to fill as many barrels as possible to give to those in need this holiday. For more information on the DMARC Red Barrel Program:

Facebook event: Here.


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.


Music Saves

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Music Saves

DMMC Presents Music Saves – Tuesday, October 19

Join DMMC members, musicians, industry professionals, volunteers, and music fans to learn more about how the DMMC is inspiring a music revival and join the movement. DMMC members and non-members welcome.

We’ll have FREE appetizers, drink specials, a performance by Flatform and the launch of the DMMC’s official member benefits program.

If you’d like to renew your membership or become a new member to help keep Des Moines’ music scene healthy and vibrant, bring $25 to sign up! Invite a friend who values the healing powers of music as well.

Music Saves
Tues., Oct. 19th
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Mars Café
2318 University Ave., Des Moines
Performance by Flatform
FREE appetizers
Drink specials (happy hour prices select beer $2, select wine $5)

Volunteer-managed, the Des Moines Music Coalition is a 503 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help elevate Central Iowa’s music economy through education, events and festivals and advocacy.

Membership donations received go directly to helping build a bigger and better 80/35 Music Festival as well as help to sustain our event throughout the year like Music University, Little Big Fest (set for Nov. 20th) and Gross Domestic Product.

Can’t make it, but want to donate? You can sign up for membership online here. Can’t recall when your membership is up? Email

Scented Vinyl w/ David Bess of Public Property

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010


Thursday, June 3, 2020
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Mars Cafe

Records and fun with David Bess of Public Property. Come in for a special Scented Vinyl at 7pm, Thursday June 3rd.

“Public Property has a sound that is full-tilt reggae even though they don’t try to sing in fake patois and write original material that actually sounds original. Lots of syncopated rhythm breaks, bursts of pure groove and passionate musical interludes flesh out songs written by various band members…” -The Beat Magazine

Weekend Brunch – All Summer Long

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Brunch, weekends at Mars, 10am - 2pm

Mars offers Brunch every Saturday & Sunday through the summer! 10 am – 2pm weekends.

We have an entirely new brunch menu, featuring variations on delicious French Toast, berry compotes, a fresh market salad that changes weekly as Chef Hal Jasa hand-picks the best items from the Downtown Farmer’s Market each weekend.

On Sundays we’ll be featuring live jazz by Max Wellman from 11-1 during the brunch.

Weekends have never tasted as amazing as this!

Space Prom 2010

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Mars Cafe 4th Anniversary Party / Space Prom 2010

Come celebrate Mars Cafe’s 4th birthday with a far-out Space Prom!

When:  Saturday, April 17, 2010, 8:30 pm – 1:30 am

Live Music from:

Patrick Flemming (of Poison Control Center)
Manned Missiles

Picture Booth / Dancing / Dress for a Space Prom!

Admission: $5 to get in… advance tickets available at Mars Cafe … or the night of the event, at the door.

More information and updates on our Facebook event page.