Several thousand people are expected in downtown Des Moines this holiday weekend for the third annual 80/35 Music Festival.
Radio Iowa’s Pat Curtis has a preview: click here to listen MP3 :60
This year’s event includes more than 40 bands performing on three stages over two days. Tonight’s headlining act is Austin, Texas rock band Spoon. Sunday’s headliner is Modest Mouse.
Amedeo Rossi is the festival organizer. He says they’ve pre-sold around 3,500 tickets for each day. “I think we’re really close to breaking even,” Rossi said of the event’s finances. “The first two years were difficult, the second year in particular with the rain. I think we’re trending in the right direction, we’ve had consistent and loyal support, so we’re looking forward to a good weekend.”
Rossi expects 8,000 people will enter the paid area of the festival grounds each day, while thousands more will check out the acts on the free stages. For more information, visit www.80-35.com.
Here’s a music video for Spoon’s “Written in Reverse”