The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced its 2009 Blues Before Sunset concert series schedule, with blues bands performing the first Friday of each month from June through September.

Now in its 8th season, the 2009 Blues Before Sunset concert series features:

June 5: Hot Tamale & The Red Hots
July 3: Sumpin' Doo
August 7: El Dorados
September 4: Bob Pace Band with Steve George

Each concert will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of June, July, August and September in front of the State Historical Building, 600 E Locust in Des Moines. Blues Before Sunset is free and family-friendly with beer, wine and assorted beverages for sale. Food vendors will be on site and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating.

BBS kicks off June 5, 2009, in conjunction with the Historic East Village's three-day "Blooms 'n' Blues" weekend, which also features The Des Moines Botanical Center's 2nd Annual Flower Power 5k run/walk and 1-mile walk June 6; and the East Village Flower Power Market, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., with flower vendors on the streets, and restaurants and stores open June 7.

Blues Before Sunset is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa with promotional support from 100.3 The BUS and Capital 106.3, "quality music from then and now," and additional support from Baratta's restaurant and the Central Iowa Blues Society.