Hinterland Music Festival, August 5 – 6, 2016, is two days of music curated for all who love both music and the outdoors. True to its name, Hinterland is held in St. Charles, a beautiful rural escape just outside Des Moines, Iowa. The annual festival features a blend of music, camping, art, craft vendors, family engagement and more. The inaugural Hinterland in 2015 established a fresh and unique music festival getaway to look forward to every summer.

Come down to Hinterland, won’t you?


Saturday - 9:30 pm

Willie Nelson

— Texas —
Willie Nelson

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, iconic Texan Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. His accomplishments in the last five years alone includes nine new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win) and gracing the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In June 2015, a new album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart.

Hear more at willienelson.com

Friday - 9:30 pm

Ray Lamontagne

— Massachusetts —
Ray Lamontagne

Ray LaMontagne’s decade-long career began with Trouble, the gold-certified start to a fiercely ambitious and critically praised career. Coming off the success of 2010’s God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, LaMontagne returned to his home in the foothills of the Berkshires mountain range in western Massachusetts. There he followed a new direction in his songwriting, eventually realizing his playful fifth album, Supernova.

LaMontagne’s sixth record is yet another departure from his previous output, but it resembles Supernova in its radical expansion of the standard singer/songwriter’s palate to encompass Floydian dreamscapes and supercharged bursts of electric guitar. Entitled Ouroborus after an ancient symbol depicting a serpent eating its own tail and inspired by a vivid dream experience, LaMontagne’s collaboration with co-producer and My Morning Jacket auteur Jim James is simultaneously “weightless and heavy.”

Hear more at www.raylamontagne.com

Saturday - 8:00 pm

Grace Potter

— Vermont —
Grace Potter

Grace Potter is known primarily as the leader of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, formed in 2002 with friends at her university. The group received positive response as they toured incessantly and released several full-length albums, including The Lion the Beast the Beat, which peaked at 17 on the Billboard 200.

Potter’s epic musical journey reached a new milestone with the arrival of her solo debut (released August 2015), Midnight, an inspired, revelatory and wildly original work. Midnight was recorded and mixed at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood with producer Eric Valentine, whose own diverse discography—from Queens of the Stone Age to Nickel Creek—evidences a similarly adventurous spirit and openness to possibility.

Hear more at gracepotter.com

Friday - 8:00 pm

Cold War Kids

— California —
Cold War Kids

Ten years have passed since Cold War Kids took to the stage in their Southern California scene. Bandleader Nathan Willett—along with the band’s bassist and visual director Matt Maust—has led Cold War Kids through the tricky modern rock and roll landscape. Reaping high praise from a mid- 2000s blogosphere, then becoming a live show juggernaut, they stand now with their fifth studio album Hold My Home as both a different animal and an unaltered beast.

Recorded in the band’s San Pedro studio, Hold My Home features producer Lars Stalfors (Dear Miss Lonelyhearts) and new additions to the lineup, including guitarist Dann Gallucci and drummer Joe Plummer, both of Modest Mouse.

Hear more at www.coldwarkids.com

Saturday - 6:30 pm

Lake Street Dive

— New York —
Lake Street Drive

A “side pony,” the hairstyle that Lake Street Dive’s Nonesuch debut is named after, is the kind of one-sided ‘do that requires unwavering self-confidence to pull off. The foursome is not referring to the demure fashion Taylor Swift occasionally sports, but more the outré look of, say, Napoleon Dynamite’s friend Deb. However, a side pony, for them, is a metaphor for their philosophy and personality as a band, one that seamlessly incorporates R&B, pop, ‘60s-era-rock, and soul into a unique, dance-party-ready mix.

As bassist Bridget Kearney puts it, “When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band’s spirit. We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.”

Hear more at www.lakestreetdive.com

Friday - 6:30 pm


— Indiana —

Years ago in New Albany, Indiana, the Houndmouth’s four members crossed paths and became the drums, keys, guitars and harmonies of Houndmouth. In 2012, the group issued their self-titled EP on Rough Trade Records. One of 2013’s most incandescent debuts, their From the Hills Below the City LP affirmed what the label had heard: the sounds of Americana, renewed by the youthful glow of songwriters, musicians and pals unafraid to both celebrate and desecrate them. In the last four years, Houndmouth have learned what it means to be a band. On their second album, Little Neon Limelight, they wear that wisdom like a badge of honor.

Hear more at houndmouth.com

Saturday - 5:15 pm

Shovels & Rope

— South Carolina —
Shovels and Rope

Charleston, South Carolina-based indie folk duo Shovels & Rope consists of married singer-songwriters Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Inspired by the likes of Woody Guthrie, June Carter and the Cramps, the pair provided tour support for like-minded artists (Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle) before heading into the studio to lay down the tracks for their debut. The resulting O’ Be Joyful (2012) channeled country, bluegrass, and blues and garnered them the Best Emerging Artist award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards. The following year the duo released their second record, Swimmin’ Time, and in 2015 they released a covers album called Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1.

Hear more at shovelsandrope.com

Friday - 5:30 pm

San Fermin

— New York —
San Fermin

Brooklyn-based San Fermin, now an eight-piece touring enterprise, didn’t start that way. In December of 2012, the initially makeshift project performed a single concert and signed a record deal. Their self-titled debut was subsequently released worldwide in fall 2013 via Downtown Records. Following rave reviews, the band performed sold out shows and festivals across the world.

The project’s evolution –from one isolated composer/bandleader, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, to eight talented musicians playing rock clubs every night—is at the heart of Jackrabbit, the group’s powerful new record filled with moments beautiful, brutal and a bit of both. Lived-in and sophisticated, Jackrabbit feels a lot like real life—charmed, challenging, and wonderfully compulsory.

Hear more at www.sanferminband.com

Saturday - 4:00 pm

Turnpike Troubadours

— Oklahoma —
Turnpike Troubadours

Over the course of the past five years, frontman Evan Felker, bassist RC Edwards, fiddle player Kyle Nix, guitarist Ryan Engleman and drummer Gabe Pearson have honed the rowdy, quick-witted sound that’s brought folks of all stripes together in front of stages, mostly on the Midwestern touring circuit, to see the Turnpike Troubadours. On Goodbye Normal Street, the Troubadours’ third full-length album, the band takes that blend of nice and easy and rough and distills it into a 43-minute ride that takes in the scenery of America’s Heartland and the inner workings of a group of 20-somethings on a quest for something better.

Hear more at www.turnpiketroubadours.com

Saturday - 3:00 pm

Hayes Carll

— Texas —
Hayes Carll

Austin-based singer-songwriter Hayes Carll’s upcoming album Lovers and Leavers, out April 8, 2016, will be his fifth record. Carll says, “It’s been a while since my last album by some measurements of time. I went through a divorce. I fell in love. But, I kept writing songs. Lovers and Leavers isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it is joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it’s not my Blood On The Tracks, nor is it any kind of opus. It’s my fifth record — a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be. Like I wanted to be.”

Hear more at hayescarll.com

Saturday - 2:00 pm

Pokey Lafarge

— Missouri —
Pokey LaFarge

St Louis-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pokey LaFarge draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music that’s timeless rather than retro.

“The Midwest is at the heart of this record,” LaFarge asserts about his new album, Something In The Water. “The people playing on these songs are from Wisconsin and Illinois and Chicago and St. Louis, and there’s a certain attitude that comes across in the songs and the way that they’re performed. I’m born and raised in the Midwest, and my family’s been here for generations. This is where I’m from and how I think, and that’s reflected in the music I make.”

Hear more at www.pokeylafarge.net

Saturday - 1:00 pm

William Elliott Whitmore

— Iowa —
William Elliot Whitmore

Though he’s best known for recordings in which his voice is accompanied by little more than a banjo or acoustic guitar, Whitmore began writing songs last year with more full band instrumentation in mind.

Sketching new songs between feeding animals and tending crops on his family’s Iowa farm, Whitmore traveled weekly to Flat Black Studios in Iowa City, built and operated by his cousin and producer, Luke Tweedy, where they rehearsed and recorded, sometimes welcoming other musicians to play live on tracks.

Pairing a patient sense of craft with the usual punk rock spirit to which Whitmore has always paid homage, the songs on his new album, Radium Death, hum with an exigent electricity— amplified or not.

Hear more at williamelliottwhitmore.com

Saturday - 12:00 pm

Field Division

— Iowa —
Field Division

Field Division is a Des Moines-based folkwave duo whose songs explore the boundary where dreams and realities blur, where waves of sound and stories intertwine. The hauntingly rich aural landscapes created by Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton are a blend of classic songwriting, inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s folk rock pioneers, and transcendent modern dream pop.

TRU LUV (UK) accounts, “Their blissful music runs high on soulful harmonies and rapturous textures, occupying the gulf between the likes of Feist, Bon Iver, Other Lives and Rumours era Fleetwood Mac.” The duo is currently in the studio recording their first full-length record.

Hear more at www.fielddivisionmusic.com

Get Your Tickets

August 5th & 6th

General Admission

Buy 2 Day

Friday Aug. 5th

General Admission

Buy Friday

Saturday Aug. 6th

General Admission

Buy Saturday


$259 – 2 Day
VIP passes are very limited

  • Exclusive VIP area next to stage
  • 5 drink tickets and access to VIP bar
  • Complimentary appetizers both days
  • VIP lounge with AC, seating, charging stations & more
  • Festival t-shirt
  • 21+ only


Saints Pass

$599 – 2 Day
All of the VIP perks plus:

  • Backstage access
  • Free drinks during the festival
  • Reserved parking spot
  • Prime location in the campground
  • 1 of 50 limited edition screen-printed poster
  • 3 organic locally-sourced meals by private chef
  • Skip to the front of the line shuttle pass
  • Early entry to the festival grounds
  • Limited quantities available
  • 21+ only

Sold Out


$10 Per day, cash only
Day of show parking is $10 per day, cash only.

Parking Info


$25 – 2 Day
Day of show camping is $25, cash only

Camping Info


Kiddos 12 and under are free in the GA area with a paying adult.

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Getting There

Help reduce traffic and our carbon footprint by letting us do the driving for you. We’ll have many FREE shuttles taking all us Hinterlanders between Des Moines and the grounds throughout the entire festival.

Get more info on our shuttle location and festival parking on our Getting There FAQ.