The Punching Pandas

Des Moines Best Party Band

Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41 on Saylorville Lake

The Punching Pandas are back on the legendary over-the-water bar at Latitude 41! They have some of the best damn margaritas in town and amazing food! We are going to make the dock funky as all hell as we play top 40, rock, blues, funk, pop, and whatever else you lovely ladies and gentlemen want to hear! Get your swimsuits ready and head out to Saylorville Lake for a wet and wild time!

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Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Walk to Fight Lupus

Join us as we help to knock out Lupus with the Des Moines Chapter as we walk around the pond at Jordan Creek Amphitheater! Lou from CW Live will be there to help with the raffle and we will be on the scene to provide the funkalicious tunes for all the participants! All proceeds go towards the fight to cure Lupus and all those afflicted. Let's do some good in this world, see you Saturday morning!

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Aug
25
to Aug 26

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

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Everyone is a winner when The Punching Pandas are in The Finish Line Lounge at Prairie Meadows! Come out to the casino on August 25th and party with us as we rock the house again with our new tunes for 2018! We absolutely love these shows and the great crowds that come to catch us at the casino, they are unlike any show we play all year long! Shake your money maker's with us from 8pm to midnight at Iowa's best place to play!

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Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

Love is in the air and we can't help but shake it! We are so proud to help another beautiful couple of lovebirds come together. Our goal is to get the entire Art Center out on the dance floor and moving like there is no tomorrow! A stunning venue, a wonderful couple, and two great families, we couldn't be more happy for them!

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Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Private Event - Wedding

The East Village is going to be bringing in a little more love into this world on October 20th as a stunning Husband and Wife enter harmonious matrimony! What better way to celebrate such an occasion than by booty shaking with friends and family with The Punching Pandas! It's always an honor to perform for weddings, they are such momentous days in our lives and we know you have hundreds of choices for entertainment, so we are eternally grateful for each wedding that chooses us. We can't wait to bring the heat for your reception and make memories that will never be forgotten!

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

Brewhouse Number 25 in Altoona

One last mystery show is on the books! We are humbled by all the stellar opportunities to perform for new crowds and new events this year, thank you all for your support! Check back in on our Facebook page to stay up to date as we announce these incredible chances to catch us live in 2018!

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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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Aug
9
to Aug 10

The Knoxville Nationals

Attention race fans, there will be a wild and raucous party on the stage by the one-and-only Iowa Beer Bus hosted by The Punching Pandas on Friday night at The Knoxville Nationals! Get your need for speed filled at the raceway then come party it down with us late into the night on the biggest race of the year! We are ratcheting the entire show for the Friday night crowd, we hope you like to get down as much as Thursday nighters have in the past. Our show is completely free! Tickets to the races are available online at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/

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Aug
18
to Aug 19

The Tipsy Crow

Stunning ladies and humble gentlemen, this is our last show at the Tipsy Crow for the season! We will be bringing every ounce of funky, foxy, sexy, sassy, goodness we have to show The Tipsy Crow what we are all about! Unbelievable seating, food, outdoor bars, and of course a stellar stage, do not miss out on this performance! Last year we had gorgeous turn outs on the best outdoor patio downtown Des Moines has to offer and we are planning on packing the house again! See you good people in August!

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Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market @ The District

This is our last scheduled show at the Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market on our favorite patio! Make sure to check us out at one of our favorite shows in all Iowa, we always have a blast! We will be plays a ton of new tunes, drinking a lot of alcohol, and encouraging all the best bad decisions a local band can ask for! See you then you lovely panda fans!

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Aug
17
12:30 PM12:30

The Iowa State Fair - Bud Light Stage

The Punching Pandas are proud to be back at The Iowa State Fair for 2018! We are breaking it down for a fun and funky two hour show! Head out to the Bud Light Stage for some of the best damn free entertainment you can enjoy on August 17th from 12:30 to 2:30! Grab a beer, grab a corndog, and grab yourself, and head over on the last Friday of the fair to catch us doing our thing the only way we know how!

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Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Knoxville Nationals

The Thursday night throw down just got a little better, The Punching Pandas are coming back to The Knoxville Nationals on Party night! *Ahem* we mean Pre-Lim's night! Immediately following the race we will be right behind the stands on the stage next to the infamous Iowa Beer Bus! They serve up the frosty beverages, and we serve up the red hot funk. Last year this show went an extra two hours into the night we were having such a great time and we fully expect to bring the heat again this year! See you at the races!

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Aug
4
to Aug 5

Private Event - Wedding

The Punching Pandas are performing at the reception of two of the loveliest people we've had the pleasure to meet! We couldn't be more excited to play some soul shaking dance tunes for the coming together of these two families. Let's dance and drink into the night to celebrate the greatest thing on Earth, Love! 

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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Bondurant Battle of the Bands

The reigning champs of Bondurant's Famous Battle of the Bands are back and ready to bring the funk! We will be going head to head with another group of absolutely incredible musicians this year and we are up for the challenge! All the money for this event goes towards great causes within the community, so no matter which band you support everyone wins! Food, beer, and great music all day make this event a one of a kind experience in Iowa and was hands down one of our favorite shows last year! We will keep you updated as other bands are announced, keep July 28th on the calendar as the music smack-down of the century!

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Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market @ The District

The Punching Pandas are back to rock the best outdoor patio at The Des Moines Farmer's Market! This is our favorite show all year, the crowds are unbelievably fun, the show is relaxed and the drinks are strong! Come out and have fun with us at one of the very limited shows we have down there this year! We won't be at the Market as often this year so make sure to catch us when we are there!

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Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41 on Saylorville Lake

The Punching Pandas are here to get wet and wild on the only lakeside bar in the Des Moines metro, Latitude 41! Boats, Bikes, Beers and more are all welcome as we rock the dock into the night and party down lake life style! Kick off your boots, put on your suits, and let's dance!

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Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Polo On The Green

The Punching Pandas are proud to announce we will be performing at Polo on the Green this year for Variety The Children's Charity! This event is absolutely unlike any other in the state and supports an amazing cause. We couldn't be more excited to bring the funk and booty shaking music, we are going to absolutely blow the doors off the joint! Let's make 2018 the best Polo on the Green ever!

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Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Thunder Nites

The Punching Pandas are rocking and rolling into Thunder Nites in Newton! This bike night is one of the best in Iowa and it's growing so fast and strong that they moved it to a new bigger location! Get ready to dance and drink as we bring the heat like never before. Beers, Bikes and Babes all on July 13th in Newton as we make it the best bike night of the year!

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Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

Private Event - Wedding

The Punching Pandas are helping another lovely couple celebrate their union by making some funky booty shaking music at their reception! Look out Osage, Iowa, we are coming to party into the night and party as hard as we can! Weddings are always some of our favorite shows and we couldn't be happier to perform for two families coming together. 

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Jun
29
to Jun 30

The Tipsy Crow Summer Concert Series

We are back on the hottest patio in Des Moines! Friday night let your hair down and peel off the work clothes so you can come down and party with us as we celebrate nice weather, strong drinks, and damn good music! We love this patio and this crowd, it's always an absolute blast playing at The Tipsy Crow. Make sure to kick the weekend off right by drinking too much with the Pandas!

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Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Latitude 41 on Saylorville Lake

Ladies and Gentlemen it's the 2018 boating season and we are back to rock the dock in the rowdiest way imaginable! We love these shows on the lawless patio of Latitude 41 where the drinks are strong, the food is delicious, and the live music makes you shake your money maker! Come out on Friday night and party with us in Des Moines' only outdoor bar on the water!

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Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Green Days in Johnston

The Punching Pandas are rocking Johnston, Iowa for Green Days! We are incredibly pumped for this show as it's right next door to our home town. It's always a pleasure to play for familiar faces and this event is one of my all time favorites! Come out for great beer, tasty food, thrilling rides, and most of all the booty shaking music from Des Moines best party band! 

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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Private Event - Wedding

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Love is in the air and The Punching Pandas can feel it! We are helping another beautiful, stunning, lovely couple who also look great in jeans celebrate their union and we couldn't be happier! Wedding receptions are always an absolute blast and these two families are unbelievably good people so it should be a good old fashioned party!

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Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Zoo Brew "Ales and Tails" at The Blank Park Zoo

The Punching Pandas officially won The Blank Park Zoo's first ever Battle of the Bands and our prize is the coveted spot in their 2018 summer line-up! We absolutely cannot thank you lovely folks enough who voted, came out and saw us live and made this a reality. Thank you all! We hope to see you Wednesday June 13th for Ales and Tails at The Blank Park Zoo! All the Zoo Brew contributions go towards the animals, conservation, and eduction programs that help strengthen Des Moines and it's residences! Big love to you all, and we hope to see you again June 13th!

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Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Governor's Days in Grimes

The Punching Pandas have worked hard, paid their dues, and worked their little fingers to the bone, but they finally get to perform for their hometown on June 8th for Grimes regionally famous Governor's Days! We will be bringing the funky booty shaking goodness we bring to every show with a little extra juiciness for the good people of Grimes who deserve some good entertainment! Check us out on Friday night as we break it down like only we know how!

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Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Wedding

The Punching Pandas always love performing for wonderful couples on their big day! We could not be more excited to play at their gorgeous venue with their stunning friends and family. It's a tremendous honor that out of all the entertainment they could of possibly chosen, that they chose to support live music. 

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May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Des Moines Farmer's Market @ The District

The District has stepped up their game and will have a stellar line-up on their outdoor patio! This will be the craziest, law-less, and rowdiest party in Des Moines! The drinks are strong, the food amazing, and the wait staff so foxy that they belong on the covers of magazines. Make sure to catch us Saturday May 26th at The District for a wild morning of debaucherous music and booty shaking!

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May
12
to May 13

The Tipsy Crow

We are back at downtown Des Moines' best outdoor patio at The Tipsy Crow! If you came out to our shows here last year then you know that this is hands down one of the best venues in the city for wild and rowdy performances. Multiple outdoor bars, a magnificent stage, and savory food all inside one place! They also have stellar lounge style seating for those who want to kick back and enjoy the groove instead of getting crazy on the dance floor. Show starts at 9pm, don't miss us here as we only have a couple performances out there all season!

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May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Polka Dot Party @ The Des Moines Art Center

Art lovers rejoice, The Punching Pandas will be in the sculpture garden at The Des Moines Art Center on May 11th! They will be unveiling a brand new sculpture added to the park and throwing a Polka Dot themed party to mark the occasion! Come out to this all ages event to help us party down as we celebrate with music and culture that belongs to all of us! Music will be from 6pm to 9pm so don't miss out of this uniquely Iowan experience!

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market @ The District (The Old Legends)

The Punching Pandas are back for the 2018 Farmer's Market Season! Legends may be gone but it lives on under new life as The District! This is Des Moines newest patio with a brand new menu of unbelievable food, stellar drinks, and the funkiest music in town! Let's kick off the season right by packing the patio beyond capacity and showing the new management just what it's like when The Punching Pandas are in the house. Celebrate Cinco De Mayo down at The District during the Des Moines Farmer's Market! Show is 10 AM to 2 PM, that's an extra hour of fun!

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Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Zoo Brew Battle of the Bands

Thanks to all your love and support we are one of the finalists to compete head to head in Blank Park Zoo's first ever Battle of the Bands! We will be competing against The Rescue Dogs for the final spot in the Zoo Brew 2018 regular line-up. What we need now is for all you wonderful folks who voted for us online to come out on Wednesday April 25th and show your love again by voting for us live! The entire Zoo Brew line up will be revealed at the end of this event so don't miss out! We need you now more than ever Punching Panda fans, let's show the zoo hoe we get funky!

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Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Residence Life @ William Penn University

The Punching Pandas are going back to college! William Penn University is bringing the booty shaking funk to the Residence Life Event April 20th outside Penn Hall! We will be playing everything from down and dirty funkalicious tunes to the bass dropping top 40 hits, come out and get rowdy with us as we party college style! 

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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Whiskey River - St. Patrick's Day Bash

The Whiskey River in Ankeny is throwing the rowdiest St. Patrick's Day Bash on March 17th with the best damn party band in Des Moines, The Punching Pandas! We absolutely cannot wait to get our Irish on as we bring the funk to the party! If you've never been to this unbelievable bar and grill before, not only do they have tasty food, but they have two entire floors of epic throwback decor and one of the best selections of whiskey in the entire state! Skip downtown this year and head out to Ankeny for some insane St. Patrick's Day action. We want to make sure you remember a little bit of the show so we are starting at 7pm! 

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Mar
10
to Mar 11

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

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Everyone is a winner when The Punching Pandas are in the Finish Line Lounge at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino! March 10th we are bringing our trademark funk back to the best casino in Iowa for a night of wild and rowdy fun! Bring your family, bring our friends, and let's shake our booty's all night long!

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Feb
17
to Feb 18

Fore Seasons Newton

The Punching Pandas are throwing down in Newton town on February 17th at the Fore Seasons Golf! This is our first taste of what performing for the good folks in Newton is like and we can't wait!  We've heard rumors these folks really know how to drink and cut a rug, and you better believe that we intend to find out. 

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Feb
10
8:30 PM20:30

The American Heart Association 10th Anniversary Heart Ball

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We are honored to be part of the entertainment for this year's Heart Ball for The American Heart Association! This year is incredibly special as it's the 10th anniversary! We will be auctioning off a free performance as part of the live auction during the event and all proceeds go towards the Heart Association. Good times will be had by all!

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