515 Alive festival brings urban arts and music to Des Moines’ East Village


Photo: Miranda Cantrell/Iowa State Daily

Ames native Dan Green, aka “SUBliminal Chaos,” performs at the 80/35 music festival on Friday, July 5 in Des Moines. SUBliminal Chaos headlined the 515 Alive festival in 2012, and is the first Iowa artist to perform at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Chicago.

Maggie Mcginity

The 11th annual 515 Alive festival will take over Des Moines’ East Village, near East 5th St. and East Grand Avenue, on Saturday, August 3.

“515 Alive is an urban arts and music festival,” said Dan Green, owner/head of operations for 515 Alive and alum of Iowa State’s College of Business.

The festival will host more than 80 musical performances on eight indoor and outdoor stages.

“It’s kind of centralized around DJs, but we also do have a lot of hip-hop, we have a lot of bands,” Green said.

515 Alive begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday and is scheduled to go until at least 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, with a 21+ after party at Wooly’s to follow.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are available for $30, and include an official 515 Alive t-shirt, an official after party pass, and a 515 Alive limited edition poster.

Protohype and JPhelpz will headline this EDM festival.

“EDM is electronic dance music. It’s kind of the broad term that describes the whole culture,” Green said. Green will, in addition to running the 2013 515 Alive music festival, be performing as DJ SUBliminal Chaos.

“I play at eight o’clock with a new project I have with an unbelievable producer from Iowa City named Kong Speaks,” Green said. “Our project together is called the Gorilla Stamp Squad, and we have some really really cool stuff planned for this year.”

In addition to 80+ musical acts, 515 Alive will include live urban art.

“It’s a celebration of music, art, the community of Des Moines, the music scene, and everything that goes along with it,” Green said.

For more information, check out 515 Alive online or connect with the festival on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.