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Des Moines' Music Scene

Des Moines has a strong local music scene as well as many national acts.  Venues like the Val Air Ballroom and Wells Fargo Arena have brought acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, Matisyahu and many others in recent years.  There are also venues such as Wooly's, The Vaudeville Mews, and Java Joes (all located downtown) that host many all-ages shows as well as national and local acts.  There are many outdoor music opportunities throughout the summer at local farmer’s markets and street dances.  Hull Avenue Tavern is another place to check out in Des Moines, located on Hull Avenue!  Hull Avenue Tavern is a nice place to enjoy live, local music. 

For classical music lovers, The Des Moines Symphony and Metro Opera are always options, and Grand View hosts the annual Nielsen Concert Series bringing classical music to campus.  You’ll undoubtedly find something you enjoy listening to!

Bud’s Place, in Knudsen Hall on campus, hosts bands throughout the school year.  This is a great opportunity to take a study break without leaving campus.


Des Moines Symphony- https://dmsymphony.org/

Des Moines Metro Opera- http://desmoinesmetroopera.org/