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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release May 10, 2012

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

DCA announces 2012 Blues Before Sunset schedule

Summer concert series at State Historical Museum's Grand Terrace

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced the schedule for its 2012 Blues Before Sunset concert series on the State Historical Museum’s Grand Terrace at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

This year’s line-up features bella soul on June 1, Bryce Janey and Curry Harter on July 13, Risky Revival on Aug. 3, and Soul Searchers on Sept. 7. Each Blues Before Sunset concert is 5:30-7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Now in its 12th year, the summer concert series is a favorite start-of-the-weekend activity for Des Moines metro workers and has seen audience numbers grow each year since its inception.

To accommodate growing audiences, DCA moved the program in 2008 from its original location at the State Historical Museum’s Southwest Terrace to the 600 block of E. Locust Street.

Last year, the program moved to the Museum’s Grand Terrace, which offers more room and built-in bench seats – but patrons are still encouraged to bring their own chairs.

This year, Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant will once again offer a variety of food choices and soft drinks. Beer, wine and water also will be available for purchase.

The 2012 Blues Before Sunset schedule follows:

June 1: bella soul (Des Moines)
bella soul has created a “kaleidoscopic” approach of emotion and sound that fuses rock, funk and blues with jam, jazz, and gospel. Always based first in the blues and soul music that shaped modern American music, husband and wife duo Brandon Findlay and Tina Haase-Findlay work hard to take each show as its own experience, and craft something special for each audience. 

July 13: Bryce Janey and Curry Harter (Marion)
Bryce Janey (Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee) on electric guitar/vocals with Curry Harter. The band plays original and traditional blues.

Aug. 3: Risky Revival (Ames)
Heavy blues/rock four-piece out of Ames. Traditional and new blues.

Sept. 7: Soul Searchers (Des Moines)
One of the Midwest’s tightest bands delivers a steady dose of swinging blues peppered with doses of surf and rockabilly.

Blues Before Sunset is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs 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 Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.


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