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Escaping Pavement to kick off DMPA Stoner [Un]Plugged Concert Experience

Des Moines Performing Arts this week announced a new concert collaboration — Stoner [Un]Plugged — with Des Moines startup HomeDitty. The multi-faceted VIP concert experience will turn the Stoner Theater into an intimate, casual listening room. Patrons will have the opportunity to get to know the artists and learn the stories behind their songs through a 90-minute concert experience. Prior to each Stoner [Un]Plugged concert, audiences are encouraged to arrive 60 minutes prior for a social hour with the artist and linger after the show to engage with other audience members. A cash bar will be available in the theater.

Advance tickets are required for this unique concert experience and are limited to only 125 participants. Tickets to the first Stoner [Un]Plugged concert, Escaping Pavements, on Jan. 6,  can be purchased for $25 each at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, or by calling 515-246-2300. Tickets for the second concert — Danika & The Jeb —  will go on sale Jan. 7.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020
6:30 p.m. Social/7:30 p.m. Concert
Stoner Theater, Des Moines

Hailed as “The most dynamic Americana group out of Detroit, Michigan” Escaping Pavement masterfully blends and blurs the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. Their unique joint frontperson arrangement, with Emily and Aaron sharing equally in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing allows for harmony-driven, musical interplay that has earned them slots on bills with the likes of The Dead South, Tim O’Brien Band, Justin Townes Earle and Joan Osborne. With a 2017 Detroit Music Award win for Outstanding Americana Record, over 700 shows under their belt, a new EP comprised of music inspired by the National Parks, and a non-stop touring schedule, this duo is spreading their roots-based message, far and wide.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
6:30 p.m. Social/7:30 p.m. Concert
Stoner Theater, Des Moines

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.

Grand-nephew to the great country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb’s determination to overcome prevailed. After listening to Jeb perform, the two most common responses from fans are “The best guitar player I’ve ever heard” and “It sounds like there’s two of him.”

Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm – having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence, and others, to being named 2016 Artists of the Year from Concerts in your Home, their soulful and intoxicating sound lures in new fans daily.

For additional information, visit DMPA.org; Facebook: @DesMoinesPerformingArts; Twitter: @dsmperforming; and Instagram: @dsmperforming.