80/35 Day 1: Kum & Go Stage

Over on the other end of 80/35, the Kum & Go Stage brought a wide range of music to the festival.  The night started out with locals, Field Division.  A last minute addition, due to a change in schedule, but a welcome one.  They were followed by indie rockers Fly Golden Eagle and Hot Buttered Rum.  Hip-hop artist, Talib Kweli, took the stage at 8:15 and played to one of the largest crowds that stage has ever seen.  The night finished up with dance beats from Rack City and Brad Goldman.  Scroll through to see our best shots from the night.

Field Division // Photo by Brenna Norman

Field Division // Photo by Brenna Norman

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Brenna Norman

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Brenna Norman

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Danny Carman

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Danny Carman

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Talib Kweli // Photo by Cody Osen

Talib Kweli // Photo by Cody Osen

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Rack City and Brad Goldman // Photo by Danny Carman

Rack City and Brad Goldman // Photo by Danny Carman

Rack City and Brad Goldman // Photo by Danny Carman

Rack City and Brad Goldman // Photo by Danny Carman

80/35 Day 1: Nationwide Stage

Day 1 on the Nationwide Stage featured some of the Festival's more eclectic acts, and nobody embodied that better than Karen Meat & The Computer. Between Karen Meat's bizarrely fun sound to Damon Dotson's soul, to Mighty Shady's jam, to Asphate's fluidity Nationwide was on your side on Day 1. 

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80/35 Day 1: Generation Z Stage

Today we start our photo coverage of the sounds from 80/35 in the same place the Festival started: the Generation Z Stage. Now in its second year, Gen Z showcases Iowa's great, under 21 talent. This year, the stage drew bands from a larger portion of the state, and the crowds they entertained were larger as well. It's hard to believe that everyone that performed was in high school or younger, but Iowa's musical future is in good hands.

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Danny Does 80/35

Danny Carman, aka "Danny Does Pix", is known best for his guerilla style of capturing shows and festivals.  Here is his view of the people at 80/35. Tomorrow we get into the bands everyone came to see, but since this year's festival featured record-breaking attendance, we figured one day wasn't enough.

All photos by Danny Carman.

The crowd getting low with Brazilian 2wins.

The crowd getting low with Brazilian 2wins.

Danny captures the softer side of the infamous Chad Taylor.

Danny captures the softer side of the infamous Chad Taylor.

Day 2 was almost too hot to handle, here some children cool off in the sprinklers.

Day 2 was almost too hot to handle, here some children cool off in the sprinklers.

80/35 is about more than just music.  They bring all kinds of art to downtown Des Moines.

80/35 is about more than just music.  They bring all kinds of art to downtown Des Moines.

Burlesque dancer, Mae the Force, incorporates geek culture into her routines.

Burlesque dancer, Mae the Force, incorporates geek culture into her routines.

Busting a move at 80/35.

Busting a move at 80/35.

Bring your kids to 80/35, just make sure they wear the appropriate safety gear.

Bring your kids to 80/35, just make sure they wear the appropriate safety gear.

An attendee poses with the wall of dreams.

An attendee poses with the wall of dreams.

Hula hoopers have a good time at 80/35.

Hula hoopers have a good time at 80/35.

Cady Covers Day 2

Day Two of a festival is always a juggernaut. A precedent has been set and expectations are high. Did day two meet those expectations?

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Cody's Candids

We'll have more music for you soon, but until then, here are some more shots of the other side of 80/35: the people. 

It is, after all, the fans who make 80/35 the event that it is. We all turn out for the music, but without us, none of it would happen. From the crazy dancers, to the stoned hippies, to the slew of volunteers who make everything happen, this one's for you, Des Moines.

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80/35 Day 1 Thoughts

By Cady Colosimo

WHAT A LOVELY DAY (in a Mad Max voice)! While some folks were upset at the 80/35 date change, formerly taking place over 4th of July weekend, I absolutely loved it. With a palpable buzz walking in, it seems everyone else did too. How cool is it to get off work and walk a few blocks to a kick-ass festival? It’s the ultimate F.A.C. That’s Friday After Class. You know like in college when get done on Friday and head straight to the bar because there’s free pizza and insane drink specials then you end up passed out in someone else’s bed by midnight? Yeah, it’s that kind of awesome.

Day one’s acts sure made it hard for Day two’s. St. Lucia and hometown hero Ross Clark kicked things off at 5 with the chillest dance party at the Hy-vee main stage. Each and every band member’s hipster haircut blew in the wind beautifully. Later at the main stage Jenny Lewis not only killed it musically but also rocked a white pantsuit like nobody’s business. Hillary Clinton should take notes. I won’t even get into Wilco; it was just as glorious as you would expect.

Meanwhile on the Nationwide free stage local rapper and Maxilla Blu member Asphate spit rhymes to a sizable crowd. They are the OGs of hip-hop in this town and it shows. Asphate’s confident stage presence and flow are something that only comes with experience like his. Following Asphate was Okoboji celebrity Damon Dotson, fresh off playing a barge on the lake the previous weekend. Dotson is basically the Dave Matthews of the Iowa Great Lakes and many in the know were excited to see him. He played his signature song “Summer Days” as well as other crowd favorites and new material.

The most impressive crowd I saw, apart from the main stages, was Talib Kweli on the Kum n Go free stage. I think it was even larger than Caroline Smith’s performance the previous year at the same stage. People were spread far and thick. The East Coast rapper has worked with some of the genre’s most notable names and is a force on his own. The energy he gave off was incredible and the audience loved it.

Going into Day Two the bar had been set high; Day Two's round of contenders was up to the challenge.

 

80/35 Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of 80/35 has come and gone and we've got our best photos from the day to share with you.  Give 'em a look and then grab your poncho before heading back out there!

St. Lucia // Photo by Cody Osen

St. Lucia // Photo by Cody Osen

Field Division // Photo by Brenna Norman

Field Division // Photo by Brenna Norman

Karen Meat and the Computer // Photo by Danny Carman

Karen Meat and the Computer // Photo by Danny Carman

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Hot Buttered Rum // Photo by Cody Osen

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Fly Golden Eagle // Photo by Cody Osen

Photo by Danny Carman

Photo by Danny Carman

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Talib Kweli // Photo by Danny Carman

Wilco // Photo by Brenna Norman

Wilco // Photo by Brenna Norman

Jenny Lewis // Photo by Cody Osen

Jenny Lewis // Photo by Cody Osen

Wilco // Photo by Cody Osen

Wilco // Photo by Cody Osen