Organized by the non-profit Des Moines Music Coalition, 80/35 was founded in 2008 with the vision to spark growth in the city's live music economy — to think outside the box and enhance a creative, vibrant culture.
We want to create a place for the people of Des Moines and beyond to participate in the music community. That's why we have two free stages that feature national talent, as well as the Gen Z Showcase for high school performances. We want to provide great entertainment for existing music fans, but we also want to create a transformative experience that keeps locals coming to shows all year long.

More than a decade later, the Des Moines music scene has played a pivotal role in improving the city's quality of life. Bands are no longer merely passing through Des Moines - they're stopping and playing to larger audiences than ever.