Ben Folds & Violent Femmes

  • Fleur Drive, (across from Gray's Lake) | Des Moines, IA
  • Presented By: Lauridsen Amphitheater
  • Dates: August 15, 2019
  • Location: Lauridsen Amphitheater
  • Start/End Time: 6:00 PM
  • Price: General $35; Terrace $45; $75 Standing room Pit
  • Overview

    he countdown for music to invade Des Moines' newest venue continues as organizers confirmed Monday the second concert headed to Water Works Park this summer! 

    Piano rock favorite Ben Folds & folk-punk harbinger Violent Femmes bring a co-headlining tour August 15 to Des Moines' to-be-opened Water Works amphitheater.   

    Tickets to the co-headliner go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. via, costing $35 for general admission lawn, $55 for the seated terrace section or $75 for standing room pit. 

    The show marks the first booked on the "big side" of the double-staged amphitheater. A small size stage plans to hold concerts up to 2,000-person capacity, with the larger side constructed to host 15,000-plus. 

    Coined the Lauridsen Amphitheater, organizers hope to open the space in June. The amphitheater plans to offer a summer home for ticketed concerts, symphony performances and heritage festivals. 

    The $13 million project also includes:

    • A "marketplace" area to park food trucks or host other booths and tents.
    • A 30-acre “great lawn” field, placed near the park’s Fleur Drive entrance, to be used for Frisbee, kite flying and picnics.
    • Two playgrounds made of natural materials that mimic the park's riparian forest.
    • A pavilion with restrooms.
    • A Fleur Drive underpass that connects Water Works and Gray’s Lake Park. This plans to be completed in 2020.