Wooly's Des Moines - A Vintage Venue for Today's Hottest Bands
Located in Des Moines's Historic East Village, Wooly's is a quirky, welcoming concert venue that caters to all types of music, from bluegrass to punk rock. Housed in a repurposed department store, Wooly's is a short walk from the state capital building and within easy strolling distance of multiple bars, nightclubs and shopping centers, so it's perfectly positioned to be a natural stop on almost any night out.
Wool's Des Moines History
Wooly's first opened in 2012, the brainchild of local music promoter Sam Summers. Within two years of its opening Wooly's was already booking more than two hundred music acts every year. It quickly became a surprisingly popular wedding venue when it wasn't full of music, thanks to its vintage feel, flexible floor plan and highly professional staff.
Wooly's Des Moines Events
Wooly's Des Moines is known for being the crossroads where all music genres and all experience levels, from up-and-coming acts to local headliners passing through, converge in one place. Although they do offer some 21-and-over shows, most of their events are open to all ages. Acts range from acoustic singer-songwriters to alt rock bands and occasionally other entertainment, like live wrestling shows.
Wooly's Des Moines Seating Layout
Wooly's Des Moines has a maximum capacity of about 700 people, although the actual seating capacity can vary depending on how the space is configured. Customers love the standing bars along the edges of the room, and some six-person booths are available for reservation. The staff are also pros at turning the space over for different acts: They usually host at least two hundred music acts a year, with other venue rentals for weddings and private parties in between. The high ceilings and hardwood floors make this the ideal venue for private events, from birthdays to weddings and other special ceremonies.
Wooly's has earned a reputation for being just as hospitable to visiting artists as it is to its customers, with two green rooms -- one for the headliners and another for the openers -- and touches like private showers and laundry facilities to ease the burden of life on the road.
Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines itself is a literal crossroads, situated where interstate highways 80 and 35 meet. In fact, some diehards of the regional music scene simply refer to the area as "80/35." That makes Des Moines the perfect crossroads for touring national acts that are traveling between other big markets, like Chicago and Denver. Wooly's, meanwhile, is large enough to appeal to those traveling acts, but small enough that it won't scare off modest, on-the-rise groups that can't yet fill a massive venue like the nearby Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines). It's also a cultural crossroads of sorts, where typically Midwest activities like pumpkin picking meet thrill rides on roller coasters, the high culture of horse racing, and a surprisingly vibrant music and arts scene.
Wooly's is named for the historic building it occupies, which was once home to a Woolworth's department store.