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Spring is here, and that means the summer music festival season is close behind. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the 80/35 Music Festival is back on July 8-9. The nonprofit 80/35 is presented by the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition. It features more than 50 bands on one paid stage and four free stages, located at the Western Gateway Park. National and local acts include; Charli XCX, Father John Misty, Maddie Poppe, B. Well, Hannah Marks, Future Islands, The Envy Corps, Haiku Hands and more. For more information, visit

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Festival also returns on April 23. GDP takes place in various Des Moines venues, including the Gas Lamp, Teehee’s Comedy Club and The Cave. Bands include LVVMAKING, Us Vs Them, Allegra Hernandez, Natalie Lowe and more. One festival ticket allows entry to all three performance venues. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, visit

The Denver-based band Big Dopes, plays alternative and indie pop and is coming to the Gas Lamp on April 10. Opening acts include Seth Cloe & the Silver Liners and Abigail Phelps. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. ♦

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