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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release July 1, 2011

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

2011 Blues Before Sunset concert series continues next week

Summer concert series now on State Historical Building’s Grand Terrace

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s 2011 Blues Before Sunset concert series continues next week with Bella Soul featuring Tina Haase Findlay.

The concert is 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 8, 2011, on the Grand Terrace of the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public. Food vendors include Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant and Baratta’s (pizza by the slice). Beer, wine and water will be available for purchase, and vendors will offer soft drinks.

Bella Soul incorporates a variety of musical genres into its performances, including rock, soul and blues mixed with jazz, gospel and jam.

This year, Blues Before Sunset has moved from the 600 block of E. Locust Street to the State Historical Building’s Grand Terrace, which has street level access from Grand Avenue. The terrace offers built-in bench seating, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Blues Before Sunset is presented by the State Historical Society of Iowa with support from Baratta’s and the Central Iowa Blues Society. Contact Sarah Oltrogge at sarah.oltrogge@iowa.gov or 515-281-4011 for more information.

The concert series continues through the summer with Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys Aug. 5, 2011, and Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts Sept. 2, 2011.


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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