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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release April 24, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Blues Before Sunset resumes in June with reduced schedule

Concert series to be offered first Friday of June, July, August, September

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced its 2009 Blues Before Sunset concert series schedule, with blues bands performing the first Friday of each month from June through September.

Now in its 8th season, the 2009 Blues Before Sunset concert series features:

June 5: Hot Tamale & The Red Hots

July 3: Sumpin’ Doo

Aug. 7: El Dorados

Sept. 4: Bob Pace Band with Steve George

Each concert will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of June, July, August and September in front of the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust in Des Moines. Blues Before Sunset is free and family-friendly with beer, wine and assorted beverages for sale. Food vendors will be on site and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating.

“In years past, we were able to offer concerts each Friday from June through August,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Cyndi Pederson said. “The event has a strong and loyal following and we hope to resume our regular schedule in the future.”

BBS kicks off June 5, 2009, in conjunction with the Historic East Village’s three-day “Blooms ‘n’ Blues” weekend, which also features The Des Moines Botanical Center’s 2nd Annual Flower Power 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk June 6; and the East Village Flower Power Market, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with flower vendors on the streets, and restaurants and stores open June 7.

Blues Before Sunset is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa with promotional support from 100.3 The BUS and Capital 106.3, “quality music from then and now,” and additional support from Baratta’s restaurant and the Central Iowa Blues Society.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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