Warren Morrow Music Festival

A celebration of life, love, and music in honor of a great man.

Warren Morrow was a community leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mentor to many. When he died unexpectedly at the age of 34, his friends wanted to find a way to continue his legacy. Warren was also a music lover who wanted to bring more live Latin music to Des Moines. Warren was a visionary, and he saw potential in everything and everyone, and his friends wanted to do the same. In 2012 they came together to create a concert in his honor. The Warren Morrow Memorial Concert brought together Rock en español, samba-infused beats, salsa, and regional Mexican music to the Des Moines music scene.

In 2016 Warren’s friends took their idea from concert to a music festival and the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival (WMLMF) was born. Seven bands participated including headliner, La Santa Cecilia, a Grammy-winning Latinx band from East Los Angeles. This was the first Latin music festival in the state, and one of only a few in the Midwest.

The vision is to keep growing WMLMF to be the largest Latin music festival in Iowa. Our efforts for 2017 include expanding the music selection to include traditional folkloric dance, supporting local bands, and making Des Moines a stop for QUITAPENAS 2017 tour.  


Thanks to our 2017 sponsors!