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Mighty Shady

Gaining momentum in venues across Iowa and the Midwest, Des Moines’ Mighty Shady— Chris Freier, Jared Murphy, Joel Schwitchtenberg, and Keenan McBroom—recently won the 2013 Wakarusa Winter Classic. And while these talented musicians find inspiration in the music of the Smashing Pumpkins, 311, Weezer, Sublime, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their alt rock is original, seamlessly shifting from soaring guitars and thundering rhythm to trippy underwater interludes and packing the dance floor with funky undercurrents.

Meaningful lyrics add depth to the dynamic group’s draw and have helped build a loyal fan base—one that’s sure to grow with this year’s debut 80/35 and Wakarusa performances. [+]