Local bands play at festival

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter

Get ready for summer with the Waterland Low-tide Music Festival this weekend.

The concert will be at the Des Moines Marina Beach Park.

"The festival is my high school senior project, and it started because I've worked in the Seattle music scene for all four years of high school. I wanted to bring some of what I loved about the Seattle music scene down to Des Moines," said Alex Heindel, founder of the festival.

"I started the festival to expose the Seattle music scene to youth who don't have the ability to go to Seattle and see most shows." 

The festival will be directly following the opening of the Waterland Farmers Market, on June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"When it came to looking for bands, it was a no-brainier. I asked some of my favorite local bands if they'd be interested in playing my festival and they all said yes! They're all amazing bands and I can't wait for everyone to see them play," he said.

The bands playing at this festival are Baywitch, Dogbreth, Emma Lee Toyoda, Sleepover Club, Borscht Boys, and Jennifer Persimmon.

"Any issues that come up, I've been able to go to Shannon Kirchberg, the Des Moines events and facilities manager, and she'll either help fix the problem or point me in the right direction so I can fix the problem myself. The entire process has been really smooth to be honest," Heindel said.

"I feel like the fact that I've been able to put this whole festival together is an achievement. It's been a ton of work and has gone pretty well. Another achievement that I thought was really cool was that I got some incredibly positive feedback on my 4Culture application. They said that it was one of the best applications that they'd ever seen," Heindel said.

He is hoping to bring the festival back next year, and make it a yearly event that the community can expect and enjoy, he said.

"You can expect a full day of amazing bands in a beautiful park where there's a whole community gathered. It'll be a really fun time," Heindel said.

This is his first time running a festival, he said.

"I've worked in live music for close to four years now, where I've run sound for a ton of really fun shows. I really like that I got to plan a whole day of bands I love, playing near my house, where I get to do a job that enjoy immensely," Heindel said.

"Plus there's something fun about networking with a whole bunch of people to get what you need. It's been a whole process that I've really enjoyed."

This is the festivals first year, "but I'm hoping attendance will be upwards of 150 people. I have a feeling that there will be way more people than I'm expecting right now but we'll have to wait and see," Heindel said.

This is a free event to make it accessible to all members of the community, he said.

"It's something I'm passionate about, and it's an event that I think will be beneficial to the Des Moines community," Heindel said. 

The festival on June 2 will be from 2 to 8 p.m.

The address for the Des Moines Marina Beach Park is 22047 Cliff Ave. S., Des Moines.

For more information visit waterlandblog.com/tag/low-tide-music-festival/. 

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