Weekender Central Iowa! PURE NOISE | MLK Jr. Day Observance | Saddle Ghoul of Love


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

The forecast’s calling for the temperatures to rise this weekend, so take advantage of the lack of blustery, frigid winds and go out to catch some music at Gas Lamp, get your chakras in order or join community leader Jacquie Easley McGhee for a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the DSM Public Library!

Gas Lamp Des Moines

Wave Cage, Hot Kunch, Allegra Hernandez at Gas Lamp

Jan 13 – 9:00pm

Wave Cage combines jazz, electronic, and funk sensibilities into a live experience that defies and blends genres.

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Yoga & Co.

Chakra Workshop: Yoga & Soundbath

Jan 14 – 10:00am

This workshop is created to move, soothe, explore & nourish all 7 Chakras in our body.

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

Americature, Night Bees and Late Street at Gas Lamp

Jan 14 – 7:30pm

Night Bees
doors 7:30, show 8pm
$10 cover
21+ event

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Carousel Studios Presents: PURE NOISE

Jan 14 – 8:00pm

Fly Life UVT, HouseFire, TCfrmhonorroll, ANTILUV, Kashiii, IMMA & Cursed Existence

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Franklin Jr High

April Verch and Cody Walters – Celtic Music Concert

Jan 14 – 8:00pm

A tour-de-force of world-class fiddle, dance & song from Canada’s Ottowa River Valley’s preeminent roots artist.

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A Benefit Cabaret for City Voices w/Napoleon M Douglas

Jan 15 – 5:00pm

Witness the origin story of City Voices – A Community Centered Music Education Program.

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The Blazing Saddle

Saddle Ghoul of Love: Meet the Monsters

Jan 15 – 10:00pm

Welcome to the LOVE Edition of Saddle Ghouls!! Come join Robin & Vana as they host Meet the Monsters!!!

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Des Moines Forest Avenue Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance w/Jacquie Easley McGhee

Jan 16 – 4:00pm

Join us for our annual celebration in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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This 15-year-old songwriter from Des Moines is having fun writing sad music

by Courtney Guein, Jan 10
Addilyn Erica is only 15, but successfully balances being a teenager with growing as an artist. This was made clear with the release of her debut EP Some Days on Nov. 4, 2022, in which the Des Moines singer-songwriter spins stories of love, heartbreak and freedom.

Just announced: 2023 GDP fest to feature the Envy Corps, Annalibera, B. Well and more

Since 2006, the Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) has celebrated the best of what Iowa music has to offer with the Gross Domestic Product festival, an event comprised entirely of Iowa musicians. Last year, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, GDP returned, in partnership with Little Village. This year, the festival is scheduled for April 15, with $30 advance passes , available now. Passes at the door, if available, will be $35. There is also a $20 tier for students and musicians ($25 day of) and a $20 add-on available when purchasing tickets to this summer’s 80/35.