For years, as musicians criss-crossed the country, Des Moines was a pass-through. The intersection of interstates 80 and 35 was a refueling spot, at best, on the way to the next gig. But in 2008 the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition was founded with the vision to spark growth in the city’s live music economy. Suddenly, 80/35 became a place to stop and play. The festival which bears the intersection’s name, now in its tenth year, continues to bring in top-notch artists from around the country. But, in addition to attracting new musicians, the city is also committed to growing their own scene, and a key element of 80/35 is the Gen Z showcase for high school performances.
Lineup: The Shins, MGMT, Action Bronson, Elephant Revival, The Motet, Chicano Batman, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Diarrhea Planet, Modern Life Is War, Radio Moscow, WebsterX, The Suburbs, A Giant Dog, Bad Bad Hats, Henhouse Prowlers, Middle Western, Trevor Sensor, Zuluzuluu, Markaus, Dan Tedesco, Prettygirlhatemachine, Elizabeth Moen, Stutterin’ Jimmy & The Goosebumps, Tha Füt, Traffic Death, Closet Witch, Ancient Posse, Lily Detaeye, Aaron Earl Short, The Vahnevants, Glitter Density and more
Distance from Denver: 671 miles