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Botanical Blues

  • 909 Robert D. Ray Drive | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Dates: 1/2/2022, 1/9/2022, 1/16/2022, 1/23/2022, 1/30/2022, 2/6/2022, 2/13/2022, 2/20/2022, 2/27/2022, 3/6/2022, 3/13/2022, 3/20/2022, 3/27/2022
  • Location: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Phone: (515) 314-3843
  • Start/End Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Price: General Admission $10; Members Free
  • Overview

    Take a break from the cold winter weather and join us for Botanical Blues! Botanical Blues is our annual concert series that runs Sundays January through March in the Conservatory. The series features some of the best blues in the Midwest, as well as food and drinks from Trellis Cafe. It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon fit for the whole family!

    SCHEDULE:

    January 2: The String Prophets Kathryn Severing Fox and Bob Pace - The String Prophets are an acoustic duo comprised of guitar & violin. Kathryn Severing Fox & Bob Pace both sing & enjoy using humor & audience participation in our shows. They want the audience to have as much fun as they do! Bob Pace is a dynamic guitar player who sings & writes songs–some emotional & poignant, some humorous. He is in the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame & the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kathryn Severing Fox is a versatile fiddle player & violist who loves to dabble in all genres, and also enjoys songwriting. Kathryn has played on Grammy-nominated & Downbeat award-winning tracks.

    January 9: Major Blues and the Mugshots - Major Blues and the Mugshots got their start like all true blues bands should – on the front porch! They are a Des Moines based blues band & stay 100% true to the blues at their shows! They cover what many feel are the “Best of the Blues”. They do this in their own style so you are sure to feel the emotion & passion in the music! It is their version of “Keeping the Blues Alive”!  Normally a four piece Chicago style blues band, they will be performing as part of the Botanical Blues series as a skinned down line up of the band, offering a more acoustic performance of well-known blues standards.

    January 16 Del “Saxman” Jones - Dell is a long time, well-established musician. Del plays saxophone & performs vocals with his band, the Final Mix Show Band & is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Del plays a variety of music including well-known selections from James Brown, CC Ryder, Tina Turner, and much more.

    January 23: Heath Alan - Heath Alan (Pattschull) is a singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from Des Moines. Heath was nurtured & mentored by some of Iowa’s greatest talents including Patrick Hazell, Joe Price, Denny Garcia, Rush Cleveland, Roger Miller, Bob Dorr & Jonathan Schwabe. Heath was awarded the prestigious Liberace Music Grant (Yes – That Liberace) & inducted into the Yamaha Musicians Hall of Fame before he was 18 years of age. Heath studied music at UNLV & The University of Northern Iowa with Frank Gagliardi (Louis Armstrong), Felix Vesculia & composer Jonathan Schwabe.  Heath has been an active musician in the midwest for the past 20 years. Heath was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his decade long run with Bob Dorr & The Blue Band. Heath has lead his own band for the past ten years & is an active sideman & studio musician.

    January 30: Scott Eggleston - Scott Eggleston is a blues guitar player & vocalist from the state of Iowa & class of 2020 inductee into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Scott & his band the Soul Searchers, have been playing in Iowa & all across the Midwest for 20+ years. The music is inspired by the blues & rockabilly of the 50s & early 60s from artists such as T-bone Walker,  Freddie King, Tar Heel Slim, and others.

    February 6: Matt Woods - Matt Woods, three-time winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge, is known on the regional & national blues scene for his “Northern Mississippi blues” style songwriting, solo blues slide guitar & vocal performance.

    February 13: Ducharme Jones - Ducharme-Jones performances are dynamic & engaging, featuring the songwriting of Dave & Annie Ducharme-Jones. They cross genres, crafting songs that are lyrical with a little hook to create a connection between the artists & their audience. Both are Iowa natives who moved to San Francisco & later migrated to Austin, Texas before finding their way back to the Midwest.

    February 20: The Drama Kings - The Drama Kings is a group that specializes in the music of New Orleans, from Louis Armstrong to Dr. John. Scott Davis plays his 1895 cornet for the old ‘dixie’ style music, then plays bass for John to sing a few pop songs & some original blues; then Scott will sing a tune or two, some old New Orleans party music or Dr. John; then we’ll do an instrumental version of the Meters & maybe an instrumental version of jazz standards. Bob Brown keeps us grounded on drums & occasional backup vocals.

    February 27: Major Blues and the Mugshots - Major Blues and the Mugshots got their start like all true blues bands should – on the front porch! They are a Des Moines based blues band & stay 100% true to the blues at their shows! They cover what many feel are the “Best of the Blues”. They do this in their own style so you are sure to feel the emotion & passion in the music! It is their version of “Keeping the Blues Alive”!  Normally a four piece Chicago style blues band, they will be performing as part of the Botanical Blues series as a skinned down line up of the band, offering a more acoustic performance of well-known blues standards.

    March 6: “Hot Tamale” Cindy Grill and Dennis Kain - Cindy Grill is a premiere Blues & Rock vocalist who has been performing professionally for over 40 years. Cindy played for many years with Alan Smith, a well-respected Bluesman on the Botanical Blues stage. Cindy currently performs with her band, Hot Tamale, and the Red Hots. Cindy’s soulful, joyous vocals are engaging & exciting for audiences of all ages. Cindy’s excitement & passion for Blues is unmatched.

    Dennis “Big Daddy” Kain is a veteran of many years of performing Delta & Country Blues as a soloist & as a featured musician. Dennis has performed in a variety of venues; from Iowa backwoods to deep in the Delta & on the islands of Hawaii. Dennis began his musical journey on the banks of the Des Moines River where he learned how to play finger-style & slide Blues. Dennis has learned to play many Blues standards & has written numerous creative Blues songs of his own.

    March 13: Bryce Janey - Bryce Janey began his career at the age of 13 in his hometown of Marion, IA in a family blues-rock trio called The Janeys and played regionally & nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles. They shared the stage with many Chicago artists & national acts, including Buddy Guy, Blues Traveler, Kenny Neal, and the late great “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor. Bryce was Inducted into the Iowa Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Bryce won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2011 & in 2012 was an IBC Semi-Finalist in Memphis.

    March 20: Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell - Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell, founding members of The Blues Bureau band, have been performing together for more than 15 years. Jodi’s powerful & expressive voice & Dewey’s versatile talents as a guitarist, singer & songwriter have led them to share the bill with the likes of Blues Traveler, Shemekia Copeland & Sonny Rhodes.

    March 27: Blue Two – Bob Dorr and Jeff Peterson - Both of the Blue Two members are twice inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & individually inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Jeff Petersen-guitar/vocals; Bob Dorr-drums/harmonica/vocals. Their song list comes from 38 years of playing music together: blues, rockabilly, Americana, even a country song and maybe an old Blue Band song.