GDP music festival 2022 returns to Des Moines after a two-year hiatus

Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) announced the return of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), an Iowa-centric music festival that has been absent since 2019.

This year’s age 21-plus festival will return to venues near the Western Gateway Park starting at 4:30 p.m. on April 23, including Gas Lamp at 1501 Grand Ave., Teehee’s Comedy Club at 1433 Walnut St. and The Cave at 1437 Walnut St.

In late 2021, shortly after he was named executive director of DMMC, Mickey Davis told the Des Moines Register about the return of the GDP music festival, which first began in 2006, as well as the return of 80/35 Music Festival which announced the lineup last month. DMMC is also responsible for last year’s Riverview Music Festival.

“We are excited to bring back GDP after two years of no festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Davis in the release announcing this year’s GDP. “Along with 80/35, GDP is one of the best opportunities to catch exciting new voices in the Iowa music scene, and with so much new music emerging especially in the past two years, this is a great opportunity to reconnect with the current sound of our music community.”