What is Des Moines known for? Well according to Joni Mitchell, “The Dry Cleaners From Des Moines” is what stood out. But things are changing in The DSM! Our old friend and client, Sam Summers of First Fleet and his two partners, Josh Ivey and Rafe Mater, opened Wooly’s earlier this month.
Wooly’s is located in the historic East Village neighborhood and takes center stage as a mid-sized venue for live music; its capacity is up to 700. The building supposedly housed a Woolworth store for a period of time – hence the name.The owners, who all have experience in booking live music acts, will bring in a wide variety of genres but will focus especially on indie rock singers and songwriters who are are touring nationally.
Wooly’s celebrated its grand opening on March 15th, just in time for St. Patty’s Day! This invite only party featured Iowa roots rockers Brother Trucker and Des Moines rock group North of Grand, plus free New Belgium Beer. Yep, these guys are gonna fit in just fine with The ‘Fly crew. We also like to party!
Not only did they take music lovers into consideration when revamping the old 504 Club, Wooly’s has an elevated green room with a two-way mirror so artists can see out into the crowd. It even comes with a washer a dryer cause what’s worse than a sweaty, stinky rock star?
The bar is open every Friday and Saturday from 7 pm, plus any weeknight when there is a show. Wooly’s has three flat-screen TVs and more than 20 beers on tap. There are booths that line the wall and several tables around the venue. They even have portable pool tables. See, these guys didn’t miss a beat.
“Summers clearly knows the concert business, and from the looks of it, seems to have the bar thing down pretty well, too. The excellent lineup of acts should get people in the door, and the amenities and fine beer selection should keep fans coming back.” Joe Lawler, Metromix Des Moines
Be sure to check Wooly’s site frequently; they’re adding shows left and right!