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Old 03-31-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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What are some cities, bigger than Iowa City, that have a good music scene (more alternative music), plenty of retail, shows and entertainment and are not crazy expensive to live there.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa City is the 6th largest city in Iowa, so that leaves just 5 "larger" cities to consider: 1) Des Moines, 2) Cedar Rapids, 3) Davenport, 4) Souix City, 5) Waterloo.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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What are some cities......that have a good music scene (more alternative music).........
Alternative to what?
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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When it comes to the music scene in Iowa, Iowa City is pretty easily at the top without much competition. Des Moines has the venues for the big name concerts along with the shows at the fairgrounds. It's just not as big into the club scene as you would think it would be considering the size of the city.

Your next best bet would be at the casinos in Council Bluffs.

For some REAL alternative music cross the border north to New Ulm, Minnesota. This is the heart of polka country.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Not having a large university with a student body to draw upon somewhat inhibits Des Moines' live music scene but it has gotten a lot better over the last few years. See:

Vaudeville Mews - Downtown Des Moines, IA - Live music venue and Bar

Wooly's Des Moines | 504 East Locust, Des Moines

One or two the owners of Wooly's came from Iowa City (and may also have a place there too?). Also, Des Moines has a very active music coalition that works to promote live music.

Home - Des Moines Music Coalition
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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The Quad Cities is cheap enough, has good retail, lots of festivals (lots of fests are music based), plenty of concerts, has good venues for a music scene...But it doesn't have a music scene whatsoever.
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