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The History of Axiom Promotions and DaVo's Promotion Career

As of May 1st, 2018, DaVo is currently working as an Independent Promoter again. You can also contact him at or contact him at 515-803-7009.


Axiom Promotions was started in October of 1996 when I wanted to do an all-ages Party for my clients. Our First show was on Sunday, October 27th, 1996 with Victims Anonymous from Sioux City, Going to Grandmas(a local punk band), The Have Nots, Dr. Castratia(a local Ska band of Drake students), and the Skull Caps. After around 170 kids showed up, I decided to continue to do shows on a regular base. Money was never really the main drive behind it, it was more the case if I didn't do it who would.


So for the next four years (from the 1st show to The UK Subs on October 15th, 2000), I would work under 4 different owners as a talent buyer for Safari Nite Club and then Hairy Mary's. I've done larger shows and smaller ones like Fear, Zeke, Social Distortion, The Pleasure Fuckers, The Humpers, Loaded, Reel Big Fish, At the Drive-In, The Teenage Frames, US Bombs, Vice Squad, UK Subs, Agent Orange, Agnostic Front, The Stepkings and countless others. The thing that stands out is more bring the great music I loved to Des Moines and the friendships that were built over the years.


For the next 5 years, I would jump in from time to time and either Promote the shows myself or be advisie the talent buyers at Hairy Mary's. One of the stables of this period was my annual Birthday bash shows every April.


In August of 2005, I was asked to come out of a nearly 5-year retirement and start promoting shows at Hairy Mary's again. It lasted for about another 18 months or so. Then I got talked into doing the Effigies in 2007. Other than Lanny and my 40th birthday parties with the Bishops, I haven't done a show since the Hollowmen reunion at Lefty's.


In September of 2015, I was asked to come on as a talent buyer at Lefty's Live Music. Lefty's is located in the same location that Safari and Hairy Mary's was in the past. From October of 2015 to may 2018, I averaged 10 - 20 events a month from local and regional acts to larger national acts including  SWMRS, I Prevail, Radkey, Fort Defiance, Black Sail, Y&T, Supersuckers, The Ataris, Ill Nino, Guttermouth, The Dickies, Agent Orange, The Queers, Wayne Hancock, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, and countless others.


Going forward, I will be doing very select events under the Axiom Promotion name. If you are an agent or a band seeking a show in the Des Moines Area, feel free to contact me at or by phone at 515-803-7009.

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