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DMPA COLLABORATION WITH HOMEDITTY PROVIDES LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE


DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce STONER [UN]PLUGGED – a new concert collaboration with Des Moines startup HomeDitty. The multi-faceted VIP concert experience will turn the Stoner Theater into an intimate, casual listening room. Patrons will have the opportunity to get to know the artists and learn the stories behind their songs through a 90-minute concert experience. Prior to each STONER [UN]PLUGGED concert, audiences are encouraged to arrive 60 minutes prior for a social hour with the artist and linger after the show to engage with other audience members. A cash bar will be available in the theater.

Advance tickets are required for this unique concert experience and are limited to only 125 participants. Tickets to the first STONER [UN]PLUGGED concert can be purchased for $25 each on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 starting at 9 a.m. at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, or by calling 515-246-2300. Tickets for the second concert will go on sale January 7.

Concert details are available below:

ESCAPING PAVEMENT
Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Social/7:30 p.m. Concert
Stoner Theater

Tickets available Nov. 22, 2019!

Hailed as “The most dynamic Americana group out of Detroit, Michigan" Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing allows for harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of The Dead South, Tim O'Brien Band, Justin Townes Earle and Joan Osborne. With a 2017 Detroit Music Award win for Outstanding Americana Record, over 700 shows under their belt, a new EP comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, and a non-stop touring schedule, this duo is spreading their roots-based message, far and wide. Find out why Jeff Milo of the Detroit Free Press said, “Escaping Pavement make sparseness stunning. The acoustic guitar and mandolin crackle together like a mesmerizing bonfire, and their voices blend together like the azure purple and tawny oranges of vibrant sunset..."

Their interwoven voices serve as the radiant heart of their folk tunes. – Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press

DANIKA & THE JEB
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Social/7:30 p.m. Concert
Stoner Theater

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.

When asked about why she has never applied to American Idol, Danika says “I never looked at the music industry like a lottery. I don’t need to buy a ticket. I simply need to be an artist.” Danika’s belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet warm voice and truthful lyrics.

Grand-nephew to the great country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb’s determination to overcome prevailed. After listening to Jeb perform, the two most common responses from fans are “The best guitar player I’ve ever heard” and “It sounds like there’s two of him.”

Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm - having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence, and others, to being named 2016 Artists of the Year from Concerts in your Home, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.

For additional information regarding STONER [UN]PLUGGED: HomeDitty Artist Showcase, please visit DMPA.org. Follow us on Facebook: @DesMoinesPerformingArts, Twitter: @dsmperforming, and Instagram: @dsmperforming.

About HomeDitty and Little Ditty Productions
Little Ditty Productions, a concert promotion company, is an entity of HomeDitty. HomeDitty is an online platform that enables anyone to host a private concert in their home with their friends by connecting directly with talented musicians and automating the entire hosting process including an online booking tool, electronic invitations, paying the musicians, and even crowdfunding the cost of the performance.

About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 41 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.