On today's episode of the Iowa Entertainment Conversation, powered by the Iowa Events Center, Adam recaps Josh Turner at the US Cellular Center from September 18, which Pollstar believes is the first indoor ticketed concert since the industry shutdown in March and we interview the Iowa Events Center's Executive Sous Chef Jonathan Cook. Chef Jonathan discusses a typical day for a chef at the Iowa Events Center, his favorite protein to cook with, and previews the Oct 16 Gourmet Dinner Pairing Experience being put on a the Iowa Events Center with partners Templeton Rye and Iowa Pork.
We hit on a variety of topics on this episode, including how different sports are handling fans, recent events that have been hosted at the Iowa Events Center under new health and safety protocols like masks and social distancing, the opening of Xtream Arena and GreenState Family Fieldhouse in Coralville, and upcoming events in early October in Central Iowa.
On today's episode we catch up with Chris Connolly, General Manager of the Iowa Events Center. Chris goes in-depth on getting through the IHSAA State Basketball Tournament amid the start of COVID-19 concerns, decisions that were made to restrict fans, and how this pandemic has affected the Iowa Events Center and our events. Stick around to the end when we ask Chris some lighthearted questions and discuss the NFL Draft.
After a month long break from podcasts, we return with a WFH episode during COVID-19 Social Distancing. Episode 20 features Adam's kids who talk about what events were their favorite at Wells Fargo Arena and what attractions they love in Des Moines. They talk about missing recess and their friends and how they are making due during their extended spring break. Stick around until the end when Adam reminds everyone to take the #DSMLocalChallenge.
On episode 17 of the Iowa Entertainment Conversation we have special guest Chris Cuellar! Chris is the Communications Director for the Iowa High School Athletic Association. We discuss wrestling and basketball state tournaments and get an inside look on what goes on this week at Wells Fargo Arena.
Episode 15 of the Iowa Entertainment Conversation. In this episode, we discuss KXNO layoffs, Drake University's new basketball uniforms, and a very special concert announcement!
UPDATE: After recording today's episode, iHeart Media announced that they have re-hired all on-air talent that was let go earlier this week. We applaud iHeart Media for this decision and look forward to hearing everybody back on the air.
In this week's episode we take a look back at the top moments and some interesting times over the past decade at the Iowa Events Center. From NCAA events to six Garth Brooks shows, venue renovations to concerts, we share from our perspective what made these events memorable. Who can forget Bring Drake to Drake, seeing Community Choice Convention Center at Veterans Memorial after the renovation, or witnessing Harrison Barnes play his last high school game here and then come back with the Warriors for a preseason game? Barnstormers and Energy championships and the Hy-Vee Classic are all covered here.