Blues Before Sunset Launches 6th Annual Summer Concert Series
For immediate release April 10, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The popular summer blues series Blues Before Sunset returns to the State Historical Building June 1 with Hot Tamale & The Red Hots. The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays on the State Historical Building’s southwest terrace.

Hot Tamale & The Red Hots features Cindy Grill who provides a dynamic range and the soul of a true blues vocalist. Founding member Kevin Bodtke wails on harmonica and is backed by the experienced talent of Bobby Cassady on drums, Rod Moulin on bass and Matt Woods on guitar and vocals.

The 2007 Blues Before Sunset schedule is:

June 1: Hot Tamale & The Red Hots (East Village Blooms ‘n’ Blues Festival)
June 8: Sumpin’ Doo
June 15: Matt Woods & The Thunderbolts
June 22: Backstage Boogie Band
June 29: Soul Searchers (East Village Bike Night)
July 6: Blues Bureau
July 13: The Other Brothers
July 20: Jonny & The Rectifiers
July 27: Fat Tuesday & The Greasefire Horns (East Village Bike Night)
Aug. 3: Blue Band

The weekly outdoor event has become a favorite start-of-the-weekend activity for metro workers. Now in its 6th year, Blues Before Sunset supports the local Blues scene by featuring homegrown talent.

“These bands are as good as any you’ll find with superior musicians bringing a range of talent,” said Sarah Oltrogge, event coordinator. “The crowds will be pleased with the selection of music as we welcome back many of the favorites from years past.”

Blues Before Sunset is family friendly, free and open to the public. Beer, wine, bottled water, soft drinks available for sale and an assortment of food vendors will be selling hot foods. People attending the event should bring their own seating.

Blues Before Sunset is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa and Central Iowa Blues Society with support from 100.3 The BUS, Capital 106.3 and Café Baratta’s. For more information, contact Sarah Oltrogge at (515) 281-4011 or

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and serves as a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and as an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. Its dual mission of preservation and education involves identifying, recording, collecting, preserving, managing and providing access to Iowa’s historical resources. As an advocate of understanding Iowa’s past, SHSI educates Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state


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