The Punching Pandas

Des Moines Best Party Band

Sep
12
4:30 PM16:30

Private Event - Corporate Party

You know you work for a great company when the beer is free and the music is provided by The Punching Pandas! We’ve met a lot of extremely lovely folks for this company and we couldn’t be more thrilled to help them relax and unwind by embarrassing each other on the dance floor! Get ready to call into work on Friday, because we are going hard Thursday night!

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Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Private Event - Wedding

It takes two to make a thing go riiiiiight! It takes two to make it outta sight! We are thrilled to perform weddings especially for those folks that we call friends. This will be a magic moment between two unbelievable people and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it!

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Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Zoo Brew Halloween

Those eyes in the dark are watching you… dance and drink at the zoo! We are thrilled to death to perform at Zoo Brew for Halloween 2019! It won’t be enough to dress up as a sexy cat this year, you’ll need to be a serval, minx, or snow leopard to bring it to the Zoo! Costumes are encouraged and a thirst for some unbelievable craft beer is a must! Every dollar spent at Zoo brew goes directly towards helping animals, conservation, and education programs so everyone is a winner. Where else can you drink, dance, and party all while supporting an amazing cause? Check us out Friday October 11th for the spookiest, grooviest, booty shakiest Zoo Brew of 2019!

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

It’s always a beautiful scene of peaceful unity when two young lovers decide to make a commitment to hiring kick ass live entertainment for their reception! We cannot wait to throw down with all our funky, booty popping might for this reception and get these two families to make some memories that will live on forever in sweet, touching, embarrassing, loving photos. Let’s celebrate love by dancing into the night!

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Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

There is nothing we love more than to get to help two lovely people throw the party of a lifetime on their wedding day! We solemnly promise to pack the dance floor, to have and to hold a funky hot rhythm, and to have everyone singing along till death do us part! Let’s get this reception on!

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Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

Do a little dance (funky music plays wildly), make a little love (funky music intensifies), get married tonight (everybody goes wild)! We love helping new couples throw a wild and rowdy party for all their friends and family as they celebrate their love! We like to think we specialize in helping make the most memorable and epic receptions by playing that sweet sweet funk and occasionally embarrassing loved ones by bringing them onstage to help out the show!

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Aug
24
to Aug 25

Lincoln Highway Days

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Neveda we are coming rock you until the break of dawn! Or until we are contractually obligated to stop due to noise permit restrictions in accordance with state, county, and local laws, whichever comes first! Immediately following the rodeo we want everyone to strap on their dancing boots and boogie over to the stage where we will be bringing that booty shaking juice and red hot funk! Let’s get rowdy!

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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41

This is it folks, our last show at Latitude 41 for 2019! We need to make this an absolute blow out of epic proportions. Last year, thew crowd finished an entire mammoth bottle of fireball in under three minutes, let’s see if we can’t top that action this year with some fun surprises and prizes for the wonderful folks who come out and rock the dock with us on August 23rd!

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Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Private Party

There is no better celebration than a wild and rowdy Birthday party! We are going to throw down with some of the most fantastic people we’ve met and help them celebrate another beautiful year on Earth! Let’s get rowdy!

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Aug
3
6:00 PM18:00

Battle of the Bands Bondurant

We are bringing the heat for our third round at the Battle of the Bands, returning as Back to Back champions! We love this event and are so completely flattered to be a part of it, all the money raised during this show goes back towards those in need in the Bondurant community. How it works is you vote with a dollar for your favorite band, and there is no limit on how many times you can vote! They will have amazing music all day culminating in a Battle at night between us and the yet to be announced challengers! Come out to Bondurant between Reclaimed Rails and Founder's Irish Pub to the best damn Battle of the Bands in the state of Iowa!

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Jul
26
to Jul 27

The Italian American Heritage Festival

It’s time again for one of Des Moines best festivals! If you’re looking for delish foods, booty shaking music, and lip smacking drinks, head down to The Italian American Heritage Festival July 26th! We are on the main stage on Friday night at 9PM reveling in the beautiful culture of all things Italy!

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Jul
23
1:00 PM13:00

Ragbrai Day 3 - Norwalk

We have always wanted to perform for Iowa’s longest and bets bike ride and we are finally getting the chance thanks to Norwalk! We will be breaking it down on Day 3 for you bike riding party animals so hard we hope many of you are late for your last stop! The real party is at the city park in Norwalk where there will be live music most of the day with us kicking off around 1PM. Don’t miss the funkiest most fun live band all of Ragbrai on Day 3 in Norwalk!

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Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

Rien n'est plus doux que le vrai amour! Nothing is sweeter than true love, especially when we are allowed to help celebrate it with some loud and rowdy music! We absolutely love everyone who allows us to be a part of their big day, a live band makes each a world of difference and creates a night that won’t ever be forgotten! Congratulations to the happy couple, we are unbelievably excited to perform on your big day!

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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar

Blue Moon Dueling Piano bar is inviting us in to throw down some Punching Pandas style shenanigans on Friday July 19th! We are huge fans of the Blue Moon and their unbelievable blend of music and comedy; we can absolutely not wait to bring our own sauce to the stage and mix it up! If you’ve never been before this will be a perfect date night, bachelorette party, or night out with the bros. The venue is fantastic, the drinks are strong, and the entertainment golden. See you then!

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Polo on the Green - Variety the Children's Charity Benefit

We are completely and utterly honored to come back to Polo on the Green to help raise funds for Variety the Children’s Charity! The Powder River Ranch won’t know what em’ when we fire up all the new tunes we have prepped for 2019! Get your dancing shoes on Polo fans, we are taking it up a notch and blowing the roof off of last year’s unbelievable party!

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Private Party - Corporate Event

The Punching Pandas can add that spicy hot funk to any event! We look forward to throwing down for every type and style of crowd we can find and letting all peoples let their hair down! Any company that hires live music for their employees knows how to keep moral high and have a good time!

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Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Tip Top Bike Night Ames

Look out Ames we are coming back to rock Bike Night at The Tip Top Lounge! The epic stage at Ames has vendors from all over, strong libations, and of course our own brand of funky raw music to help set the mood! Don’t miss this Thursday night throw down at one of the fattest growing Bike Night’s in Iowa!

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Jul
6
to Jul 7

Private Event - Wedding

Is there any better reason to celebrate than love? We expect not, which is why we are so excited to perform for this beautiful couple’s reception! It’s truly an honor to entertain for awesome people on one of the biggest days of their live’s. We promise to bring the laughter, the tears, the emotional roller coaster of pure adrenaline to heart palpitating romance, and of course that red hot-stanky-funk that gets asses shaking on dance floors. We do, we do, we do!

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Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41

It’s the heat of the summer and the Fourth of July is nearly here, let’s get out on the dock and celebrate early at Latitude 41! I’ll be damned if they don’t have the best margarita I’ve had in a long time. Come out and get wet and wild with us June 28th at the best over the water bar in Iowa!

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Jun
14
6:45 PM18:45

Thunder Nites Newton

Let’s get ready to rumble down at Thunder Nites in Newton! Last year the weather plagued us with rain, but 2019 is going to be the year we make Thunder Nites get down with it’s funky bad self! Newton is a beautiful town with a lot of good people that we can’t wait to see shake what the good lord gave em’! There are going to be vendors, food, drinks and of course live music, there is a reason this is one of the best damn bike nights in the entire state of Iowa, check it out for yourself on June 14th!

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Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Music in the Junction

Music in the Junction we are finally coming back! We have been waiting to return to this stage for along time and we cannot wait to absolutely rock Valley Junction to it’s core and ruin it for all other bands! In all seriousness, this is an unbelievable event that we are extremely proud to be a part of this year. They have amazing sponsors in West Bank, Bravo Greater Des Moines, City of West Des Moines, Iowa Beverage and Coco Cola. If you’re looking for a damn good Farmer’s Market and some booty shaking funk Thursday June 6th in Valley Junction is providing all you need!

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May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41

We are back to rock the dock at Latitude 41! These shows have become infamous around Des Moines as being wild, lawless, and bottoms out fun for probably only the older members of the family! We only have a limited amount of show there this year, let’s make them all count!

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

“Do you love me? Are you playing your love games with me? I just want to know cause I feel like I need your love a lot!” - Old Greg

We are out of this world to perform not only for another beautiful joining of two souls, but for our first ever show in Guthrie Center! We love wedding performances and take pride that we can get the entire party moving and shaking immediately after we fire it up. We look forward to the energy and the love that weddings bring and a reciprocate it right back and put it all into the music. Another epic night we can’t wait to be a part of!

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Whiskey River Car Show

The first Whiskey River Car Show is happening on May 17th at 6PM! Delicious food, delectable drinks, and dance-able music all out in the gorgeous weather! We love The Whiskey River and all the lovely folks who work there and couldn’t be happier to be back so soon after Mardi Gras!

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May
11
to May 12

The Tipsy Crow

Summer is back and with it new music from The Punching Pandas! It wasn’t enough to drop it like it’s hot, shake your booty in the air, or even to flaunt what your mama gave you. Now we are ratcheting it up a notch to dance with wild and reckless abandon at Des Moines’ best outdoor patio!

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May
4
to May 5

Private Event - Wedding

The night is going to get rowdy as two wonderful people come together in holy matrimony! We absolutely love performing wedding receptions and helping folks celebrate their big day. It's a memory they will keep forever and it's a complete and total honor to perform on such an occasion. We are just as excited to throw down on May 4th as the the Bride and Groom are to get married!

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May
4
10:00 AM10:00

The Des Moines Farmer's Market @ The District

We are back for another year of fresh veggies, super powered chocolates, and social acceptable morning drinking on the patio at The District during The Des Moines Farmer’s Market! We have a baker’s dozen or two of new tunes ripe and ready for your audible digestion on May 4th, so catch us at one of our all time favorite outdoor venues for another year of incredible fun! May the 4th be with you!

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Apr
20
5:30 PM17:30

Tonic 5th Anniversary Party

How can it be? Say it’s not so! Yes, the rumors are true, we are throwing down at our at our enemy, Tonic on Court Ave! For all the shade we throw we love Tonic and couldn’t be happier to help them celebrate five glorious years in business downtown. Come see us throw down in the late evening and help kick the party off right!

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Apr
13
to Apr 14

Brewhouse No. 25 - Live and Loud

Live and Loud in one of favorite places, Brewhouse No. 25 in Altoona! Our last show there was totally amazing, we had so many beautiful, confident, alarmingly charming fans there that we couldn’t wait to be back! This is the first of a couple shows we plan on performing at Brewhouse No. 25 2019. Don’t miss out on the lawless Altoona action!

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Mar
5
9:00 PM21:00

Fat Tuesday Celebration @ The Whiskey River

Mardi gras is taking over Ankeny Iowa and we are here to celebrate! Fat Tuesday will be in full swing at The Whiskey River and we have a ton fo fun stuff planned for your audible delight! That sweet soulful New Orleans Brass sound had taken over and we can’t wait to unleash some of it for you guys! We will have some special tunes just for this event to help you get in the spirit of the season!

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Ark Studios

We are heading into the studio to cut some new tracks! We are going to be making a big marketing push this year starting with some new recordings, but no matter what we do your positive word of mouth and consistent support is the best method we have of spreading the word. Thank you to everyone who has ever said any kind words about us, we will continue to do our best to put on a stellar show for bigger and wider audiences!

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Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

ARK Studios

We are heading into the studio to cut some new tracks! We are going to be making a big marketing push this year starting with some new recordings, but no matter what we do your positive word of mouth and consistent support is the best method we have of spreading the word. Thank you to everyone who has ever said any kind words about us, we will continue to do our best to put on a stellar show for bigger and wider audiences!

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