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What to look for at the 80/35 Music Festival this weekend

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The 2014 80/35 Music Festival is this weekend, July 4 and 5, in the Western Gateway Park in Des Moines. The annual festival will run from noon to midnight both days, with a ticketed main stage and two free stages of music, a kid's area, food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors, a meet and greet area, a mobile art gallery, aerial performances, the Trondoll Painted Bodies, a mist tent, and more. Tickets for the 2014 80/35 Music Festival are available through MidwesTix. One-day passes for the Des Moines Music Coalition Main Stage are $39 ($45 at the gate), and 2-day passes are $65 ($80 at the gate).

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This year's festival will also host a Music University event entitled "Being A Woman in Rock & Roll" with 80/35 performer Caroline Smith as the featured panelist. The Minnesota folk singer was the subject of a PBS documentary entitled My Way Back Home. Smith released her fourth album, Half About Being A Woman, last October. The Music University panel will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at the Ritual Cafe. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday's main stage headliner Conor Oberst is a folk, indie, and punk rocker who currently performs solo and in the bands Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, and Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. Oberst's latest solo album, Upside Down Mountain, came out on May 19.

Saturday's headliner is the Sacramento alternative rock band Cake. Cake has been releasing music for twenty years. The band has one gold album and two platinum albums to their credit, and their most recent studio album, 2011's Showroom of Compassion, topped the Billboard 200. They have collected seven Top 20 singles, including the megahits "The Distance" and "Never There". The latter single (featured video) topped the Billboard Alternative chart. Cake released their latest effort, a live album entitled Live at the Crystal Palace, on April 19.

Here is a look at the full live music schedule for the 2014 80/35 Music Festival:

Friday, July 4

Des Moines Music Coalition Main Stage (ticketed)
12:00 p.m. Brother Trucker
1:30 p.m. Gloom Balloon
3:15 p.m. Dawes
5:00 p.m. Best Coast
6:45 p.m. Ziggy Marley
9:00 p.m. Conor Oberst

Kum & Go Stage (free)
12:00 p.m. Quick Piss
12:45 p.m. Fury Things
1:45 p.m. Chicago Farmer
2:45 p.m. TREE
3:45 p.m. Circle of Heat
4:45 p.m. Black Diet
5:45 p.m. Pert Near Sandstone
6:45 p.m. The Hooten Hallers
8:00 p.m. Surfer Blood
9:15 p.m. JohnnyRAGE
10:00 p.m. Gorilla Stomp Squad

Hy-Vee Stage (free)
12:00 p.m. M34n Str33t
1:00 p.m. Fire Sale
2:00 p.m. TWINS
3:00 p.m. Cirrus Minor
4:00 p.m. Bonne Finken
5:00 p.m. GoodcaT
6:00 p.m. MAIDS
7:00 p.m. Max Jury
8:00 p.m. The River Monks
9:15 p.m. DJ G Mint
10:00 p.m. Brad Goldman and Tobias Cross present CLIMAX

Saturday, July 5

Des Moines Music Coalition Main Stage (ticketed)
12:00 p.m. Boy & Bear
1:45 p.m. Raz Simone
3:15 p.m. The Envy Corps
5:00 p.m. Xavier Rudd
7:00 p.m. Dr. Dog
9:00 p.m. Cake

Kum & Go Stage (free)
12:00 p.m. Dat Dude Biggz
12:45 p.m. Har-di-Har
1:45 p.m. Soap
2:45 p.m. Shy Boys
3:45 p.m. Useful Jenkins
4:45 p.m. The Whigs
5:45 p.m. Caroline Smith
6:45 p.m. King Fantastic
8:00 p.m. Those Darlins
9:15 p.m. DJ Raj
10:45 p.m. Jesse Jamz

Hy-Vee Stage (free)
12:00 p.m. Volcano Boys
1:00 p.m. Zeta June
2:00 p.m. Foxholes
3:00 p.m. Kris Adams
4:00 p.m. James Biehn
5:00 p.m. Parlours
6:00 p.m. Aquamarine Dream Machine
7:00 p.m. Holy White Hounds
8:00 p.m. The Maytags
9:15 p.m. Shawn Shady
10:00 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Techno
11:00 p.m. TimeWlkr

While the headliners will draw a lot of the attention, there are a lot of other quality acts to pencil into your festival plans. Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley is a must-see, and Florida pop rock band Surfer Blood has received amazing reviews everywhere they have played. Regional acts Pert Near Sandstone, Useful Jenkins, and Caroline Smith have all built up large fan bases here in Iowa with frequent tour stops. Local favorites Bonne Finken, The Envy Corps, and Cirrus Minor are all well worth a listen, as well.

Most importantly, many of these bands can be seen for free. So don't miss out on Des Moines' biggest annual music festival. To learn more about the 2014 80/35 Music Festival, check out their website. You can check out photos of some of the acts that will perform at this year's festival in the nearby slideshow.

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