Blues Before Sunset Launches 2006 Concert Series
with the Blue Band

April 6 , 2006



Contact: Sarah Oltrogge at (515) 281-4011 or

DES MOINES – The popular summer blues series “Blues Before Sunset” returns to the State Historical Building June 2 with well-known headliner the Blue Band.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the Blue Band has a dedicated fan base of all ages and has become one of Iowa’s most revered and requested bands. This 5-piece group performs original and cover blues, soul, rockabilly and R&B grooves. They’ve been touted as “the best rockin’ soul dance band in the heartland” by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

The 2006 Blues Before Sunset includes:

June 2: Blue Band (East Village Blooms ‘n’ Blues Festival)

June 9: Backstage Boogie Band

June 16: Van & The Movers

June 23: Sumpin’ Doo

June 30: Kevin “B.F” Burt & The Instigators

July 7: Land Sharks

July 14: Soul Searchers

July 21: Hot Tamale & The Red Hots (East Village Bike Night Festival)

July 28: Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns

Aug. 4: Randy Burk & The Prisoners

Blues Before Sunset (BBS), sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society of Iowa, Central Iowa Blues Society, MY 100 FM, Baratta’s and the Downtown Community Alliance, is a weekly, outdoor event from 5 to 7 p.m. on the State Historical Building’s southwest terrace at the corner of East Locust and East 6th streets. The event is family friendly, free and open to the public. Beer, wine, bottled water and soft drinks will be available for sale. An assortment of food vendors will also be selling market-type hot foods. Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Be sure to listen to MY 100 FM (my 80s, my 90s, my music) throughout the summer for information on upcoming Blues Before Sunset shows. MY 100 will also be broadcasting live from each Friday night event, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines.

Take a little blues home with you! A compilation CD of Blues Before Sunset featuring bands – past and present – is now available. This professionally produced “signature series” CD represents the best of local blues band talent and can be purchased for $10 at each Blues Before Sunset event or by contacting Frank Strong at 515-314-3843.


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