Middleman Networking Conference weekend events to educate, entertain
Artists, record label officials, DJs, promoters, retailers and publishers will gather in Des Moines from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1 for the fourth annual Middleman Networking Conference, "Where Music Meets Success in the Midwest." The jam-packed weekend, which includes seminars, workshops, parties and concerts, is the brainchild of local music entrepreneur and artist Bo James, 38, and is designed to educate and entertain.
"Each year we hold the conference during the Drake Relays because so many people come to town, but for the last 10 years or so people have been coming here for parties and concerts," said James, who, years ago, launched the popular DJ showcase "Midwest Spring Bling Blowout" that returns to the Val Air Ballroom on Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ($20). It is one of three events scheduled at the ballroom this weekend, including the "Midwest Freak Fest" on Friday, April 29 ($25) and a car show on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. that includes live music. Other activities affiliated with the conference will be held at various Des Moines clubs.