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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release July 29, 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 Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys.

The concert will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 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. Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant will be selling food and soft drinks, and beer, wine and water will be available for purchase.

Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys is one of the mainstays of rhythm and blues in the Midwest. Bandmates Greg Sutherland, Mark Monroe, Scott Long and Janey Hooper have played venues large and small from Memphis to Minnesota, pleasing audiences of all types with their varied mix of original and standard Blues, R&B, Soul and Jazz music. The band plays a variety of music and currently hosts a jam session every Thursday night at the Gas Lamp in downtown Des Moines.

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, and 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 concludes Sept. 2, 2011, with Matt Woods & the Thunderbolts.


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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