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Best Folk in Des Moines

Colter Wall at Vibrant Music Hall

Colter Wall

At 26 years, Colter Wall is quickly getting his name in the country game. Following his debut self-titled album, Wall has continued to release a feel-good sound with his fourth album 'Little Songs', released in 2023. His music is said to mirror the sounds of the 70s, and his recent album follows suit. He is now hitting the road on his brand new tour, don't miss your chance to see him live!

The Front Bottoms at Val Air Ballroom

The Front Bottoms

New Jersey emo-folk band The Front Bottoms take their 'Finding Your Way Home' tour on the road. Still riding the success of their 2023 album 'You Are Who You Hang Out With', expect to hear new Front Bottoms tracks alongside their certified emo classics 'Twin Size Mattress', 'Be Nice To Me', and 'Flashlight'.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Now celebrating over 50 years since forming in 1966, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have existed in various incarnations; from their early days as a large ensemble to the critically acclaimed folk and country rock group that they are today. Despite their heyday existing in the late Eighties where they charted three number one singles, their popularity has seen a resurgence with their continuing dedication to touring and recording new material.

Old Crow Medicine Show at Val Air Ballroom

Old Crow Medicine Show

Discovered busking in North Carolina by the legendary Doc Watson, the Old Crows were showing off their retro string sound when they were invited to play at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. From these auspicious beginnings, they went on to weave a pattern of old-time soul and blues across the country, inspiring the new folk wave, as well as a collaboration on the now platinum song 'Wagon Wheel' with Bob Dylan. Old Crow Medicine Band are a spectacular link to the past, with a contemporary vibe.

Cowboy Junkies at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium

Cowboy Junkies

The Cowboy Junkies heady blend of folk, country, and blues with a dreamy pop quality lies at the intersection between the old school Americana legends and the new school of poetic, hazy rock championed by the likes of The Velvet Underground. The ever-popular genre-bending outfit is hitting the road on tour, bringing their sleepy siren songs along for the ride.

Sammy Rae at Val Air Ballroom

Sammy Rae

Sammy Rae and The Friends will be embarking on The Album Tour this fall across North America, which you may have already guessed, will be celebrating the release of their newest album. In true Sammy Rae style, the shows will have an adorable theme, so dress your best and wow the crowd, the last theme was summer camp, what'll it be this time? There's only one way to find out!

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