Des Moines hosts 2013 Gross Domestic Product festival

Dominic Spizzirri

The Des Moines Music Coalition will be hosting its annual music festival, the Gross Domestic Product music festival, this Saturday, April 13, 2013, on Fourth Street in downtown Des Moines.

Gross Domestic Product will feature 19 different artists ranging from multiple genres such as rock, hip-hop, electronic and folk across five different stages. Gross Domestic Product will also feature an open mic night and local disc jockeys spinning their own collection of vinyl.

This year’s Gross Domestic Product will also be the reunion show for ’90s alternative rock band House of Large Sizes, originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa. After releasing eight albums, the band broke up in 2003 and since then has played a few reunion shows in 2007 and 2009.

The Gross Domestic Product has been going on for a number of years. Each year’s goal is to show off what the music scene in Iowa has to offer.

“Basically the goal is to bring the community together through the pride of the music scene. People come together, bands come together, we hang out, and we encourage people to collaborate. Just a positive time around music,” said Chris Ford, administrator for Des Moines Music Coalition.

The bands will be playing in one of three places: Vaudeville Mews indoors, Vaudeville Mews outdoors and the Fourth Street Theatre.

DMMC is also the organizer of the 80-35 Festival, which is the largest volunteer-run music festival.

“It focuses on building a community. This festival specifically was the first event that ever went on,” Ford said. “It’s the same mission to this day, expose the public to the art and tons of bands.”

Artists featured:

Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies


Kris Adams


H.D. Harmsen


Jordan Mayland & Thermal Detonators

As For You

Land Of Blood & Sunshine


Wolves In The Attic

The Wheelers

House Of Large Sizes

Is Home Is

Lesbian Poetry

Dustin Smith & the Sunday Silos

The Olympics

Touble Lights

The costs for the stages go as follows:

Vaudeville Mews: 5 to 9 p.m. show $7, 9 p.m. to midnight show $12

Fourth St. Theatre: 5 p.m. to midnight show $8

Vaudeville Mews Outdoor Patio: Free

All access passes are sold out.