That is right, you read it correctly. 106.1 KISS FM in Seattle thinks Des Moines is a ‘crappy town.’ They are currently running a contest for their listeners entitled ‘Cool Bands in Crappy Towns.’ The gist is they picked numerous ‘crappy towns’ across the nation that are hosting cool music concerts. Each week they pick a concert, and town, and ask for listeners to call in to win the contest, which is a trip to the crappy town for the concert.
Yep, you can guess where I am going with this. KISS’ contest will send a set of their listeners to Des Moines to hear the Black Eyed Peas on March 25.
On the surface, it looks like KISS considers Des Moines a crappy town…hey, they picked us and it’s their contest. But, I think there is more at the root of this contest that needs to be explored. For instance, KISS obviously couldn’t consider truly crappy towns, because no truly crappy town would be on the Black Eyed Peas tour calendar. Luckily, KISS didn’t have to just stick with the Black Eyed Peas tour dates, because Des Moines has had 6 of the 10 top grossing live shows come to one of our venues, so any of those tour dates could have worked and actually made Des Moines a very appealing place for their selection committee.
It is likely KISS’s readers do not have a good grasp on Des Moines, and that is understandable since our cities are so far apart. Luckily, thanks to KISS, the winners of this contest are going to find out all sorts of great things about Des Moines when they search online, such as:
Des Moines was just rated one of the top places to start a small business by CNNMoney.
Actually, there are too many accolades for Des Moines to go around, or to discuss here, but I might suggest their readers just Google to find out more.
Plus, I have to imagine the acoustics in our Wells Fargo Arena –opened in 2005 – are much better than in the Tacoma Dome –BEP play there in April — since it was built over 25 years ago. It actually appears as though KISS is interested in doing the work of our great people over at the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Iowa Events Center, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership a favor, and I am sure they appreciate the assistance.
I understand KISS wants to help spread the word of our great city, and for that we are grateful. Thank you KISS for taking part in promoting Des Moines to your listeners, we truly appreciate your efforts and promise to take good care when they arrive in Des Moines.
Here is more info about Des Moines for your readers that I initially failed to include.
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