If you want to hear live music in Des Moines, you have a number of options daily. If you’re looking for electronic music, the choices are a bit more limited. But here’s a look at three places you can see turntables spinning (or laptops, um, laptopping) on a regular basis.
1. Lime Lounge, 435 E. Grand Ave.
This East Village bar is a favorite for DJs, with turntables spinning Thursday through Sunday nights with everything from house to a regular salsa night on Thursdays. The bar also features regular special events, like a performance by Dieselboy in July.
2. People’s Court, 216 Court Ave.
Once a month People’s holds its Sub Sonic Social, featuring music by local and regional DJs. On Aug. 17 Bassthoven, Shark Week, Jesse Jamz, Brad Goldman, Jade Reed and others will spin during the glow-in-the dark black light party. The event draws more than 500 people monthly. $5-$10.
3. Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St.
John Solarz hosts Weekend Records First Saturdays events the first Saturday of each month (unless there’s a show conflict), mixing synth pop with creative visuals.
The venue also started hosting the new Foundation EDM Monthly in July, featuring house, electro, trance, dubstep and techno DJs. The event returns Sept 2.
Wooly’s has also featured shows by touring national acts like Girl Talk, and has Big Gigantic lined up for an Oct. 24 show.