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Lefty's Live Music

Lefty's Live Music is located at 2307 University Ave in Des Moines, Iowa. The location has a long history as a music venue dating back to Safari Nite Club and Bag's in the 1990s. After an eight year period of the building housing a college bar, owners Erik and Anne, remodeled and updated the building to create one of the finest venues in the Des Moines area. For more information about the venue and up coming events go to Lefty's Website.


The Spec:

Location - 2307 University Ave / Des Moines, Iowa 50311

Capacity - 350

Seating - 130 with or without tables

Ticketing - Through Midwestix

Event Nights - 7 Days a Week with open mic comedy every Tuesday and a rotation of 4 local bands on Wednesday nights. Now closed on Mondays.

Sound - Full Front of House(See Details Below)

Lights - Full Lighting System(See Details Below)


Staff -

Professional Sound Engineer - Brad Millis

Two Talent Buyers - Erik Brown and David "DaVo" Wilkins

Door Person and bouncers

Loaders - only by request


Age Restrictions - All Ages before 9pm / 21 & Over after 9pm

Concessions - Full Bar


Show Genres - Active Rock, Acoustic, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Blue Grass, Burlesque, Country, Dance, Electronica, Funk, Hardcore, Hip Hop, Indie, Metal, Progressive, Punk, Rap, Rockabilly, Roots, Ska, Singer Songwriter and just about anything that will draw.


Parking - For customers we only offer on street parking. Bands and talent can parking in the fenced in lot in back of the venue. The back lot can handle vans with trailers, Spinners, and mid-sized motor homes. Buses and Bandwagons will need to park on the street. 


Front of House Sound System:

  • Board:  Behringer X32 (32 channel digital, Midas powered mixing console).  
  • Monitors: Yamaha Club Series 12 inch w/horn, 4 independent monitor mixes, including drum wedge w/EV 18 inch sub.  
  • Onstage:  32 XLR/1/4 inch inputs, 10 DI boxes.  
  • Vocal mics:  6 Sennheiser 835’s.  
  • Drum mics:  3 Sennheiser Evolution Series 605’s, and 10 SM57’s –
  • Kick:  Audix D6.  
  • Mains:  EAW LA Series Tops and Subs.  12,000 watts Front Of House.  
  • Remote mixed through IPad X32 Behringer app.  



  • 10 180 watt LED high spectrum cans.  Hazer is provided when needed and smoke machine.


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