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Wellmark and Iowa Public Radio announce three 80/35 band finalists for 80/35 Play In

Bands will compete June 21 for a chance to play the Wellmark Mainstage at 80/35 Music Festival

June 19, 2012

Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® and Iowa Public Radio’s (IPR) Studio One have announced the three Iowa bands who will compete for a chance to win an opening spot at the 2012 80/35 Music Festival.


On June 21, each of the bands will play a 40-minute set at the Gas Lamp located at 1501 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The Play In will be broadcast live statewide on IPR’s Studio One. Admission to the event is $5 with proceeds benefitting the Des Moines Music Coalition. The three finalist bands and schedule of events include:

6 p.m. – Doors open
7 p.m. – Holy White Hounds (Des Moines)
8 p.m. – Love Songs for Lonely Monsters (Des Moines)
9 p.m. – Seedlings (Des Moines) 

Fans will be able to rate the performances on-site and online at to help determine the winner among the three finalists. The band with the highest overall rating will be revealed live on IPR’s Studio One at 7:35 p.m. on July 2. The winner will perform on the Wellmark Mainstage at the 80/35 Music Festival at noon on Saturday, July 7.


"The partnership between Wellmark and Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One provides an opportunity for Iowa bands to receive exposure on statewide radio and share the stage with national artists," said Wellmark’s Chris Verlengia, Senior Sponsorship Consultant. Verlengia noted more than 80 Iowa-based bands entered for a chance to perform at 80/35, and more than 4,700 online votes helped determine the finalists.


About Wellmark

Wellmark, Inc. ( does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., insure or pay health benefit claims for more than 2 million members in Iowa and South Dakota. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


About Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Iowa Public Radio informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. IPR enhances civic and cultural connections across the state, strengthening Iowa’s communities and reflecting Iowa's sense of place. For more information about Iowa Public Radio, contact us at 515-725-1700 or visit


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Traci McBee
Phone: 515-376-4338


Teresa Roof
Phone: 515-376-5869


1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2901

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