Dedicated to creating a superior live entertainment experience in a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

Why Play at xBk?

xBk is located at 1159 24th Street in the Dogtown/Drake neighborhood of Des Moines. xBk is a 250 cap entertainment venue/listening room dedicated to creating superior live entertainment experiences in a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment.  We strive to present adventurous and engaging work of various genres and disciplines. 

We are a destination venue for local and national performers alike that are seeking an intimate setting that is artist friendly in both its hospitality and technical specifications. We are dedicated to presenting compelling programming that will stick with you well after you’ve left the building.

The Stage Is Yours.



Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on this website or through our Eventbrite Page HERE!

Do I need a photo ID to get in?

xBk is an all ages venue, HOWEVER you will need to present an ID to the door person if you wish to purchase and consume any alcoholic beverages.

What is/isn’t allowed inside?

xBk is a safe place for people of all ages and backgrounds.  All drugs, firearms, knives, and/or other weapons are prohibited inside.  Any individuals  communicating hate speech, inciting violence, or participating in any activities which do not conform to the inclusive, diverse, and tolerant mission of xBk will be removed from the premises.

Does xBk serve food and drinks?

xBk does not serve food, however we’d encourage you to visit our neighbors, Papa Keno’s Pizzeria, Fernando’s Mexican Grill, Chicago Dog, Gazali’s Mediterranean, and all the rest of the great businesses throughout Dogtown and the Drake Neighborhood.

xBk offers a premium selection of liquors by the pour, wine and beer on tap, as well as domestic canned beers for those less adventurous palettes.

Are you handicap accessible?

Our General Admission section meets ADA requirements, and we have ADA accessible restrooms.  Our mezzanine, however, is only accessible by stairs.  If you require certain accommodations, please don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re here to provide you with the best possible live entertainment experience.

Is there re-entry?

Re-entry is permitted with a handstamp.

Is there car or bike parking?

Both off-street and on-street parking are available as well as bike racks.  Space is limited, however, so please consider walking or carpooling.

Can I take photos and videos?

All photography must be approved by the performers prior to the show.  If a performer has requested a limitation on photography, the limitation will be addressed and posted in both the info for the show itself, as well as at the venue on the day of the event.  Absolutely no videotaping is allowed without the express written consent of both the performers and management at xBk.

In the event an individual chooses to ignore these rules, they will receive one and only one warning, after which they will be asked to leave without a refund.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, please contact management if you’ve lost something at xBk.

Open Tab Policy

All open tabs left at the bar after closing will be charged to the credit/debit card on file along with an 20% gratuity.

Is xBk available for rentals?

Yes.  xBk is available for a variety of rental needs. As a 250 capacity room, we provide state of the art tech, kind and responsive staff, and flexibility to meet your needs. If you’re interested in renting xBk, please fill out and submit the rental inquiry form on our CONTACT US page.

Can my band play at xBk?

Absolutely!  Here at xBk we’re dedicated to bringing Des Moines the absolute highest quality of local, regional, national, and international acts.  You can bring a full bill to us for booking or we can assist you in building a bill.  Ticket prices and show times are determined by night of the week and expected draw, we prefer to keep all shows to three separate acts or fewer.  Our one request to our performers is to make this space your own, make your show unique so that it stands out from the crowd- xBk is no ordinary rock club, take advantage of it and get weird!

In order to be considered for a performance slot at xBk, please fill out and submit the booking inquiry form on our CONTACT US page no less than eight weeks prior to your anticipated show date. One of our talent bookers will reach out to confirm the show, if the date is available.  Please have the following ready to submit when contacted by our staff:

-EPK including contact information, social media links, website, bio, endorsements/sponsorships, statistical information of fans/followers;

-Artwork and promo images;

-A tour calendar or schedule;

-Previous regional show attendance and anticipated attendance;

-Unique live show concept (if applicable)

-Links to two recorded tracks; and

-A live performance sample or video

Please note that we are a small operation and we may not be able to respond to every inquiry, your best chance at hearing from us is to reach out early.

What are xBk’s current COVID-19 policies?

xBk strongly encourages the use of a mask while in the venue, however masking is no longer required.

Note some artists may request patrons wear masks and/or show proof of vaccine or a negative test.  Though this is not a general venue policy, we do want to make sure the artists performing at xBk feel safe and comfortable.  We will be sure to inform you of shows that may have mask and/or vaccine card/negative test requirement.

If you would like to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine, please click HERE to find a vaccine location.

Thank you for supporting live music venues and artists!

Tech Specs

Audio Console

Midas PRO2C connected to 48 channel DL251
stagebox via AES50

Main PA

Two (2) L’Acoustics ARCS WIDE
Two (2) L’Acoustics ARCS FOCUS


Four (4) L’Acoustics SB18m

Balcony Fills

Three (3) Tannoy AMS 6DC

Stage Monitors

Five (5) EV ETX 12P 2000W
● Individual mixes


Two (2) L’Acoustics LA4X
One (1) Lab Gruppen Lucia 240/2


Sennheiser 604

Direct Inputs

One (1) Whirlwind Direct2 Stereo DI
Four (4) Whirlwind HotBox Active Reference


2 channel stereo via Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
● $50 mixed stereo output
24 channels via Klark Teknik DN9630 AES50
to USB Converter
● $10 per channel
● Inquire about additional post-production services and pricing


“Big Room” artificial-intelligence video
switching subject detection camera system
Three (3) AIDA UHD6G-X12L 4K POV cameras
One (1) Blackmagic DeckLink Quad HDMI
● $200 for video recorded show

Stage Lighting Console

High End Systems Hoglet 4 controlling Hog 4
PC software


Four (4) Chauvet Intimidator Spot 260 LED
Six (6) ADJ Ultra Hex Bar 12 LED
Four (4) Blizzard Stiletto Z6 LED
Four (4) ETC Source 4


Antari Z-350 Fazer


Eiki LC-X85 3LCD+One 7000 ANSI Lumens
● Accepts VGA (HDMI adapter available),
DVI, BNC, RCA, and S-Video


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