The Nadas

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The Nadas at Hinterland Music Festival, St. Charles, IA 8/04/18
The Nadas
OriginDes Moines, Iowa, U.S.
GenresFolk rock
Years active1995–present
LabelsAuthentic Records (US)
MembersMike Butterworth - Vocals, Guitar
Jason Walsmith - Vocals, Guitar
Brian Duffey - Bass, Trumpet
Brandon Stone - Drums
Neil Stoffregen - Keys
Past membersTony Bohnenkamp
Brett Nelson
Justin Klein
Ian Sheperd
Scott Dawson
Jon Locker
Jason Smith
Becca Smith
Ross Vanderwerf
Chad Johnson

The Nadas are a rock/folk quintet based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in 1995 in Ames, Iowa, the band earned early success on the local college scene, eventually becoming the house band for People's Bar and Grill. Their initial success resulted in the first of seven albums, titled, "Not A Sound,"—a phonetic allusion to the band's name. Following the success of "Not A Sound," the band members embarked on the first of what would become regular tours, traveling throughout the country and performing at a variety of venues.[1][2] The band was called "The Best College Band You've Never Heard Of" by Playboy Magazine in 2001.[3]

The Nadas' music is featured on the local arts-and-crafts show Courage to Create, airing on KDSM-TV Sunday mornings. "Carve Your Name" from the Coming Home CD is the show's theme song. The title song from Listen Through the Static, written about small community radio station KDNK-FM in Carbondale, CO, was featured on the December 2005 MacAddict CD-ROM. Their "Walk Away" is sung at the end of a competition on Speed Channel's Pinks, after the winner has been determined.

The Nadas performed at SXSW in 2006 and did the opening act for the Des Moines show for Bon Jovi on their Have A Nice Day Tour at the Wells Fargo Arena.[4]

In the summer of 2007, The Nadas joined with Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl for a six-concert tour of the Chicago area, billed as "Steve Dahl and the Dahlfins" [1].

April 2008 found the band's newly released track "Good Night Girl," featured on Paste Magazine's 41st Sample CD.

The Nadas song "Feel Like Home" is the community anthem for the Des Moines, Iowa "Do More" campaign.

The band's album "Almanac" found the band releasing a new song each month throughout 2009 as a musical snapshot of that year.

On the January 15, 2020 episode of Democracy Now, during the run-up to the 2020 Iowa caucuses, the band's 1997 song "Run in Place" was featured as a series of musical interludes.



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  1. ^ Biography,
  2. ^ Katie Vaughan, Nadas Grow Beyond College Band Status. Quad City Times, March 1, 2007. Accessed July 3, 2007.
  3. ^ Playboy Magazine, September 4, 2001.
  4. ^ Jeremy Buckley, Authentic Recording Archived 2006-11-04 at Omaha City Weekly. Accessed July 3, 2007.

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