MarKaus to Headline First Friday at Mainframe

Posted on Sep 18, 2019 in MAINFRAME News

When + Where
Friday, October 4, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mainframe Studios // 900 Keo Way, Des Moines, IA

September 17, 2019 (Des Moines, IA) – Marquas “MarKaus” Ashworth will debut a single from his forthcoming album Burn the Boats during First Friday festivities at Mainframe Studios on Friday, October 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 900 Keo Way in downtown Des Moines.

MarKaus is a rapper and distiller with a unique style and story. The Kansas City native’s entrepreneurial ambitions supported his way through college – selling mixtapes that were recorded at the homeless shelter he was staying in at the time. Since then, he has been honing his craft and expanding it.

Besides making distinctive music influenced by a keen blend of rock, soul and jazz, MarKaus produces whiskey. He resurrected a 100-year-old recipe and uses organic rye distilled in Carroll, Iowa, to create Ziyad. He named the liquor label after a North-African slave-turned military general who proclaimed “burn your boats” to his army when landing Gibraltar around 711 A.D. MarKaus uses the phrase to inspire him to persevere and “get rid of anything inside that doesn’t propel me,” he states.

“This new Burn the Boats album is the most personal project I’ve ever created,” MarKaus adds, hoping to lift others up who understand that defeat is not an option when there is a passion to change the future.

First Fridays at Mainframe features a special themed evening each month when attendees of all ages are invited to explore three floors of music, art, food and community. In addition to a live performance by MarKaus, the October 4th event will also include a Burn the Boats art exhibit by regional artists responding to the topic of social justice and creative resolutions. Tangerine Food Company will have food and Ziyad mixed drinks available for purchase.

Friday, October 4 at Mainframe Studios // A live performance by MarKaus set against a special video installation backdrop by Distracted Ideas

About Marquas “MarKaus” Ashworth

Kansas City native hip hop artist and entrepreneur MarKaus approaches his work as a rebellion and revolution from what is called a conscious rap perspective. His unique musical style and message resonates with the public, addressing the struggles of everyday people, and calls for action and change. MarKaus has been invited to perform at special events such as 80/35 Music Festival and Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation’s public dedication of Kerry James Marshall’s A Monumental Journey. He launched his musical career after moving to Des Moines, along with several businesses that include Fresh Fit Global hats, and Ziyad Rye, a popular small-batch whiskey label that is distilled and bottled out of Carol, Iowa. Burn The Boats will be the first release for MarKaus’s own Media Fresh Records this year. Follow his Instagram @MarKausMF.

About Mainframe Studios

Mainframe Studios is a nonprofit providing permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines. It is transforming Central Iowa’s art scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Only partially renovated, its 160,000 square foot facility in downtown Des Moines currently features over 70 modern studios and 89 tenants who include glass blowers, game developers, jewelers, painters, photographers, illustrators, designers and ceramicists as well as arts-related nonprofits such as Des Moines Music Coalition, KFMG Radio, Civic Music and more. Mainframe Studios is fundraising to finish the project and add 100 more studios. Over 100 artists who paid a deposit are on its current waitlist. Learn more at, and @mainframearts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.