The Punching Pandas

Des Moines Best Party Band

Dec
15
to Dec 16

Private Event - Holiday Party

The Holidays are here again and there is no better way we like to spend them then by getting all your co-workers together, getting them more tipsy than is allowed during a normal work day, and getting them to shake their booty like it’s 1999. This is going to be an absolute blast!

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Dec
31
to Jan 1

The Punching Panda's New Year's Eve Bash

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are throwing the ultimate, totally wild, lawless New Year’s Eve party we can possibly throw at The Fraternal Order of Eagles to help ring in 2019! This year has been a crazy whirlwind for us, we’ve played venues we never dreamed we would, got to support some lovely causes, and made a ton of new friends along the way. At this show we will be performing some all new material as a sneak peak for what we have in store for 2019! There is also free beer until the keg is gone! No other party has that funk hot booty shaking music and free beer on New Year’s so you know where you’ve got to be!

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Jan
6
1:30 PM13:30

The Des Moines Wedding Show

We are bringing that juicy hot funk to the Des Moines Wedding Show at the Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Des Moines on January 6th! This is the big kahuna, the ultimate showcase of dresses, venues, planners, flowers, entertainment and all things nuptial. We will be on the top floor show casing what we can bring to your special day immediately after the Fashion Show on the top floor. Don’t miss out on 40 minutes of non-stop booty shaking goodness!

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Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Private Event - Birthday Bash

We love performing for all kinds of wonderful events, and Birthdays are no exception! When friends and family join together to celebrate another trip around the sun a little more joy is brought into the world. We are over-the-moon about performing for the funkalicious folks in Greenfield, Iowa for a wild and rowdy Birthday extravaganza!

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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
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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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
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
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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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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Dec
7
to Dec 8

Private Event - Corporate Holiday Party

Tis’ the season to blow off some steam and let our hair down! The Holidays are upon us and we love performing for folks who just want to relax and unwind by throwing a kick ass company party! Not every corporation hires live music for the holiday party, so you know it’s going to be a wild and rowdy time when The Punching Pandas are in the house. Looking forward to spending some Holiday time with you guys!

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Nov
24
to Nov 25

Private Event - Holiday Party

  • Downtown Des Moines Marriott (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There is no corporate party like when The Punching Pandas are in the house! We are absolutely thrilled when we get the opportunity to play for a room full of people blowing off steam at the company party, and this company is one of our personal favorites! This promises to be a wild and rowdy day at the office as we help the good, hard-working folks throw down way past office hours! 

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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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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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Oct
6
to Oct 7

Private Event - Wedding

The ring of wedding bells is in the air! We are completely honored to perform at The Wild Rose Casino Ballroom for some of our very favorite people who have fallen madly in love! When two families join together the occasion deserves an epic band to help celebrate, and we couldn't be happier to help these two families come together!

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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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Sep
15
3:30 PM15:30

The World Food and Music Festival

  • Western Gateway Park 1200 Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are back at the regionally famous World Food and Music Festival! This is absolutely one of our favorite shows all year, the food is unbelievable, the music is astounding, and the drinks are heavenly. There are $1 samplers at every booth, you can literally eat and drink your way through this uniquely Des Moines Festival and try your best to dance off the calories on the main stage with us on Saturday from 3:30 to 5PM! 

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Aug
25
to Aug 26

Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino

  • Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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
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
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

  • Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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