Next Show Friday November 30, 2018 @ WOoly’s


brunch show saturday december 1, 2018 @ the garden





official PERFORMERS of 2018

LoZar Blewz (Davenport, IA)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

 Jack Frost-Cavalier (Des Moines, IA)

Jack Frost-Cavalier (Des Moines, IA)

Dix Artiste (Philadelphia, PA)

photo credit: Jami Milne

Trigga Frost-Sanchez (Des Moines, IA)

Jax (Minneapolis, MN)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

Kade Lovewell (Des Moines, IA)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

Miles Long (Tulsa, OK)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

Joey D (Iowa City, IA)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

Switch the Boi Wonder (Chicago, IL)

photo credit: Phillip Harder

K.James (Brooklyn, NY)

photo credit: Chris Sorensen

 Spikey Van Dykey (Sarasota, FL)  Photo Credit: Phillip Harder

Spikey Van Dykey (Sarasota, FL)

Photo Credit: Phillip Harder

We are drag king dsm


Drag King DSM (DKDSM) is a 8-year-old event where dollar bills fill the air and the Kings reign supreme on stage for a night! DKDSM is a production of talent  known for its unique ability to strip the art of drag performance to it's very core and bare bones, a theatrical show of excellence.

The event brings the masses together to celebrate individuality. DKDSM has transcended gender, age, and sexual identity boundaries. Performers come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from their early 20's to one of the crowd favorites "Teddy," an 80 year old grandmother. DKDSM supports artistry and performance no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you come from.

From it's humble beginnings of a 100 person turn out to now sell out crowds, DKDSM has more than doubled in attendance year over year. It is a socially and culturally relevant event in the 515, which has brought in talent from Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Austin and beyond. In addition, two straight marriages have resulted by couples meeting at DKDSM. Anything is possible.  

photo credits: Jami Milne 



Check out here for the latest information and news for DKDSM.


photo credit: phillip harder



DES MOINES, Iowa --  Drag King DSM is excited to announce they will be hosting their first ever Drag King Brunch on Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ the Garden Nightclub! This is an ALL AGES event with food provided by the amazing Bubba! Get your tickets today before they are gone because there is a limited supply of just a little over 100 and once they are gone, they are gone! Start your Saturday Funday off the right way, with us!

ALL AGES | Tickets $30 - Food buffet from Bubba + Drag King Show | Doors 12pm | Show 1pm | $10 all you can drink bloody’s & mimosas day of

To purchase tickets CLICK HERE

*NOTE: There will be vegetarian options for the buffet.

11.24.18 | vip/tables ALMOST sold out!


[ *NOTE: VIP booths and tables come with tickets, HOWEVER if you want to purchase without the tickets you may. Both set of prices are reflected for the remaining tables. ]

We are down to 1 VIP BOOTH and 1 four-top. Reservations are made through this site, just click on “contact” then enter in all the information then in the message write what you would like to reserve. Please note each level below has what Tables are Left so please note what table you want and it will be first come first serve. The DKDSM staff will reach out to confirm if you reserved your table in time as well as payment arrangements and package pickup details.

VIP Booths 1-6 ($600/table and/or $480 w/ 0 tickets | 1 remaining): 6 event tickets (total value: $120) | 6 Americana Bombshell Brunch gift certificates @ $30 a piece (total value: $180) | 6 Raygun Swag Bags (total value: $180) | 6 free drink of choice tickets (total value: $36)| Personal cocktail waitress with priority for drinks at the bar | Private area roped off so only VIP is in your section

Tables 1-7 ($275/table | SOLD OUT): 4 event tickets (total value: $80) | 4 Dapper DSM $10 off gift certificates (total value: $40) | 4 Raygun Swag Bags (total value: $40) | Guaranteed 4 chairs to sit and watch the show next to the main stage in prime real estate up in the mix of the crowd

Tables 8-10 ($200/table and/or $120 w/ 0 tickets | 1 remaining): 4 event tickets (total value: $80) | Guaranteed 4 chairs to sit and watch the show in the center of the room

Tables A-D ($270/table and/or $150 w/ 0 tickets | SOLD OUT): 6 event tickets (total value: $120) | Guaranteed 6 chairs to sit and watch the show (NOTE: the "x" on the map is because there is a pole going through these tables)



floor map @ Wooly’s

photo credit: Phillip Harder

1o.11.18 | next show friday, november 30, 2018 @ Wooly’s: performers in from 7 states 9 cities

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drag King DSM is coming off of it's first full show at Capital City PRIDE and it did NOT disappoint. We were pushing 700 at Wooly's with all tables and VIP sold out, 20 plus performances representing 5 different states. Countless dollar bills later, Drag King DSM Capital City Pride Edition was one for the books so if you missed it be sure not to miss this next one! We have some of the top Drag Kings in the country coming into Des Moines for this show. We have announced all performers except for one, he will be announced first thing Monday, October 15, 2018 when tickets go on sale. Currently we have talent booked from 3 different cities across the state of Iowa, Minneapolis (MN), Chicago (IL), Tulsa (OK), Brooklyn (NY) and Philadelphia (PA)! Do not miss this sell out show!

 photo credit: Joe Crimmings

photo credit: Joe Crimmings

Jen C

Creator | Founder | Executive Producer

Jen Carruthers was a part of the talk show called Lez Talk and the event Drag King DSM (DKDSM) was born in 2010. After the show disbanded in 2012, she saw the need for DKDSM to continue and has grown it 6 times its' original size. She hopes to make it one of the largest Drag King events in the country and will continually try to bring in some of the best talent the USofA has to offer! Jen C loves DKDSM because it's one night out of the year that one of the most diverse crowds show up, support one another, respect each other's individuality and there is an overwhelming sense of community and love NOT judgment.

 photo credit: Jami Milne

photo credit: Jami Milne

Vivette perry

Front of House Manager | Co-Producer

Vivette is excited to return to Drag King DSM for the 4th year. She worked as co-producer, creative consultant, and performer for Fresh Breath Productions. Ms. V has an extensive creative performing arts background and also has a 200 hour RYT that allows her the enjoyment of teaching yoga. Vivette loves the togetherness and love that Drag King DSM brings. There is always an amazing electricity in the air!


 photo credit: Phillip Harder

photo credit: Phillip Harder

marnie strate

Back of House Manager | Co-Producer

Marnie is thrilled to be joining the production staff of Drag King for her second year. She was scene on-stage last year as Justin Cyder.  Marnie is an active member of the Des Moines Theater community, having most recently performed in Open Door Rep's Lungs. When she's not involved with performing arts, she can be found producing videos, hosting trivia, or hanging with the world's best dog. Marnie loves Drag King DSM because it brings some of the nation's top-tier talent to Des Moines for an event unlike anything else in the area!



 Sponsorship from the following businesses is what makes Drag King DSM possible. we can't thank our community friends enough for all the love and support over the years!



| HELLO NEIGHBOR | Americana | Dapper DSM |

| Blazing SaddleSAZERAC | EPHEMERA | Wooly's |