Sound Celebration

Forget “Dead Moines.” The city’s FPP (fun per person) quotient has exploded in recent years, thanks in part to nonprofits like the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Show your support at the fifth annual Backstage Ball fundraiser Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Kirkwood. Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO and lead singer for Dead Yellow Canaries, serves as emcee, Party Gras Classic Jazz Band adds a Cajun kick, plus there’s a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and the presentation of five community music awards. The winners:

Arthur Slusark (Hurd Award for Community Support), a Meredith Corp. executive and avid music lover, for endorsing the 80/35 music festival from the beginning.

Angela Rouch (Volunteer of the Year), for years of behind-the-scenes work, including “breathing new life into Gross Domestic Product and Little Big Fest.”

Andrew Smith (Fan of the Year), nominated by several bands and fellow fans.

Iowa Concert Photographers, a volunteer group, for changing the perception of the local music scene and preserving its history.

Bonita and Keith Crowe, owners of The GrapeVine in Clive, which books more than 70 acts a year.

Tickets are $75 and available here.

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