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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release August 31, 2012

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

Blues Before Sunset at State Historical Museum Sept. 7

Local favorite Soul Searchers wrap 2012 concert series

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ 2012 Blues Before Sunset concert series concludes next week at the State Historical Museum of Iowa with local favorite, Soul Searchers.

The concert will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, on the Grand Terrace of the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust in Des Moines. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Café Baratta’s restaurant will have beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages for sale; food and soft drinks will be provided by Fat Tuesday Cajun Restaurant.

Soul Searchers is a hard-swinging blues band that plays more than 100 dates a year throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Guitarist/singer Scott Eggleston, bassist Erich Gaukel, pianist/organist Neil Stoffregen and drummer Chad Bowerman play originals and music by greats like Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Lazy Lester.

Soul Searchers have shared the stage with Pinetop Perkins, RJ Mischo and Curtis Salgado. The band has won the Iowa Blues Challenge, appeared at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and has been featured on Iowa Public Television’s “Living In Iowa” program.

Blues Before Sunset is presented by DCA with support from Café 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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