Written by Erika Owen
Let it be known that this was my first time attending 80/35. Really, it's kind of weird considering Band Bombshell is now a couple of years old and I've been writing about local music in Des Moines even longer. To think I would have missed what is arguably the biggest local music event in the area four years in a row is, hm, sad. And I've ever more sad since I finally made it over there (after moving halfway across the country) and I know what I've been missing all of these years.
I wrote a Facebook message to a dear college friend many months ago telling me that she had to make sure that I stuck to my word and bought my plane ticket back for the two-day festival. It was going to be my first, and I was going to make a total vacation out it. Now, let me mention that it didn't take any persuading on her part. On 4am on the damp morning on July 3rd, my boyfriend and I grabbed a cab to the airport to start our long trip to the promiseland that is the Midwest (we truly put the plane/train/automobile challenge to the test). I can honestly say that I have never travelled as far or spent as much money to see local music. And it was totally worth it.
We had seven Bombshells scouring the area for photos and thoughts, and it's safe to say we were all exhausted (and slightly more deaf) at the end of it all. In my true form, I spent most of my time perusing the free stages featuring local acts—now that I think about it, the only acts I watched all the way through on the main stage were also local acts. (If you want to know more about the headliners, Chad Taylor and Cady Colosimo have you covered.)
Read on for my thoughts on a few of my favorites from the weekend:Read More