Now I am familiar with another festival in Des Moines called Lazerfest…Actually, that’s a lie: I don’t even know if they still have Lazerfest because, truth be told, it was a little too agro ‘n testosterone for my tastes. The kids apparently liked it, from what I understand.
So when she informed me of the 80/35 music festival, I assumed it would be nothing more than yet another metallic sausage fest with a disturbing blend of burnouts and buff athletic dudes who’s only telltale metal sign is the obligatory barbed wire tattoo.
I was half paying attention until she said something about the Flaming Lips playing there and a bunch of other bands that she’d never heard of. That in itself is a sign that, maybe, there would be a chance that other cool bands are in the line-up.
My wife ain’t exactly the cutting edge of music, you understand, but then again I ain’t apparently the cutting edge of music reporting, even when it’s a few fucking hours away.
$50 gets you the entire weekend while $30 gets you in the place for a day. Not a bad price. I’m not about to bash anyone that’s bringing in some decent bands, but festival atmospheres ain’t my bag. I’d go if someone paid the bill (or the wife gets a free pair), but Totale’s summer music circuit is already laid out, gas ain’t cheap, and it’ll probably be hotter than shit.
The line-up looks good, albeit a little heavy on festival-heavy bands (I swear I seem to always see the Lips and the Drive-By Truckers at this things) with Saturday looking like the day to check out.
So kudos, but is it just me living under a rock or is this thing being totally under promoted? I love how their website gets a boner over the May 22nd article in Pitchfork (“It’s not everyday a Des Moines festival gets mentioned on a web site like Pitchfork!”) and seems to rely heavy on the capital city contingency to support the event. Hey fellas, ever consider that our state’s second and third largest cities are just a few hours to the East of you? Might be some people interested in tickets over this way.
To be honest, I don’t know how you effectively market in this day and age and perhaps I’m so far out of the intended demographic that the marketing message isn’t intended for me anyway, which would explain why I’m just now catching wind of this thing.
Why the promoters wouldn’t want such a big shot like me and a cutting edge music site like Glam-Racket on board to assist with getting the word out is curious too. With three active readers, I’m sure one of them would briefly consider attending it.
Personally, I think that Cedar Rapids should do something akin to that hair-metal festival in Pryor, Oklahoma. That would totally sell out and I would totally check out a few nights, for sure.
However, for a first year festival, 80/35 is a nice start.
I’m still not sure of the name, though.
Friday, July 4
5:00 p.m. - Des Moines Boyz
5:45 p.m. - Ingrid Michaelson
7:00 p.m. - Andrew Bird
9:00 p.m. - The Flaming Lips
5:30 p.m. - Al Brown
6:30 p.m. - Al Brown
8:15 p.m. - Flatform
5:00 p.m. - Headlights
6:00 p.m. - Euforquestra
7:15 p.m. - Diplomats of Solid Sound
8:15 p.m. - Mr. Baber's Neighbors
5:00 p.m. - The Dig Angees
5:45 p.m. - Colourmusic
6:45 p.m. - Rock Plaza Central
8:00 p.m. - Cracker
Saturday, July 5
12:00 p.m. - Public Property
1:15 p.m. - Dirty Little Rabbits
2:30 p.m. - Drive-By Truckers
4:00 p.m. - Jakob Dylan
5:30 p.m. - Black Francis
7:00 p.m. - Yonder Mountain String Band
9:00 p.m. - The Roots
12:45 p.m. - DJ Flash
2:00 p.m. - Jade Reed
3:30 p.m. - TouchNice
5:00 p.m. - Tim Grimes
6:30 p.m. - Brad Goldman
8:15 p.m. - DJ Diverse
12:00 p.m. - TBA
1:00 p.m. - David Zollo and The Body Electric
2:00 p.m. - North of Grand
3:00 p.m. - Neva Dinova
4:00 p.m. - The Autumn Project
5:00 p.m. - Brother Trucker
6:00 p.m. - Family Groove Company
7:15 p.m. - The Poison Control Center
8:15 p.m. - Pieta Brown
12:00 p.m. - The Vandon Arms
12:45 p.m. - GaiDen Gadema
1:30 p.m. - Deanna Devore
2:30 p.m. - KaiserCartel
3:30 p.m. - MooseKnuckle
4:45 p.m. - Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
5:45 p.m. - Maxilla Blue
6:45 p.m. - Radio Moscow
8:00 p.m. - The Envy Corps