Cozy up and unplug. Unique venues are going intimate with live bands, songwriters and drinks that warm from the inside out.
Think small. Low ceilings and battered bar tops in a lounge. A makeshift platform, or no stage at all, in a historic hotel. Listeners gathered in a family room, hanging on to every sung word and a beer they brought from home. Scaleddown new spaces (and some old) are creating intimate music experiences. After the holiday commotion, they feel like a warm blanket for the cold, darkest months of the year.
You can hear jazz over weekend brunch at a Kansas City bar. Summon the barefoot vibes of summer at an indoor music fest. Or catch an exclusive house show featuring a national act. Better yet, you could host one at your own place, thanks to a new Des Moines start-up. The band gets all the proceeds; you get all the bragging rights.