2014 Backstage Ball Awards

Iowa Concert Photographers

The Grape Vine

Art Slusark

Angela Rauch

Andrew Smith

Iowat: Volume I


Justin Augustus
Chris Watts
Logan Clark
Caleb Smith
AJ Keane
Andrew Hall
Codee Jennings
Bruce Bales
Tohmmy Lash
JR Terronez
Tyler Noland
Zach Gutweiler
Mykel Fatali
Howie Bennett
Troy DeZeeuw
Russ Reedy

Gloom Balloon
“Will C., You, Cut Me Like A Matisse”

King Koopa
“times we faced [KOOP]”

King Koopa

Land of Blood and Sunshine
“Let’s Adventure”

“Once Branches”

John June Year
“Weak Bone”



Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators “I Can Control You”

Jordan Mayland is a work horse. As far as productivity goes, Jordan is at the top of his game, and his music speaks for itself. Jordan came up with the concept for the “I Can Control You” music video and made the necessary arrangements to make it happen. Furthermore, Jordan set it up so the video was premiered on the Huffington Post as well. He showed a motivation and direction that I had not seen from one individual in a long time. Jordan exemplifies focus. He knows what he wants and makes sure it gets done. It was a pleasure to work with the creative force that is Jordan Mayland, and I am grateful to now call him a friend.
-Bruce J. Bales

Des Moines Register

The River Monks “Of The Land (Live @ Raccoon River Brewery)”

What does home mean to you?

During the last few months of 2013, I found myself asking that question. I spent a lot of time dissecting the idea of home, wondering what made up my understanding of place. I truthfully had no idea. Home to me has always been Iowa. The feelings and emotions associated with my home state are the most comforting I know. I have always believed I was at peace while in Iowa, but I still felt some twinge of uncertainty about what I had done to make this place home. Before DEFT, I wasn’t sure how I could help.

When I decided to put everything into DEFT, I was making a decision to improve my home. This has always been about art, and art is one of the major contributions necessary to create a home. DEFT exists to highlight the things that make us feel the comfort of home. It is for these reasons that this song by The River Monks hit me so hard. This musical mastery is a reminder that we always need to progress. The words call me to action, whispering the importance of hard work and dedication. “Of The Land” makes me want to grow. With that being said, I won’t make promises. I won’t fill your heads with empty words. Instead, I thank you for being a piece of my home. I look forward to improving it together.
-Bruce J. Bales

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