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Max Wellman & His Big Band: Back in Business

  • Historic Sherman Hill, 1501 Woodland Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Dates: July 30, 2021
  • Location: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • Phone: (515) 244-0507
  • Start/End Time: 8:00 PM
  • Price: General Admission Tickets: $35; $65 VIP which ensures an excellent seat location in front of the stage ON SALE: Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 10:00AM BUY TICKETS
  • Overview

    This event is being sold at half capacity and with general admission seating to allow for spacing between parties throughout the seating area. It is possible that other health and safety measures will be required of patrons at the show (i.e. wearing a mask/face shield). By purchasing a ticket to this event, you are agreeing to adhere to the health and safety policies that are in place on the day of the event, per CDC and Hoyt Sherman Place.

    Join vocalist Max Wellman, fresh off his 30th birthday, for a return performance at Hoyt Sherman Place alongside an 18-piece big band led by composer/pianist Nate Sparks and some of the best jazz musicians from around the region. Following an extremely trying year in the music industry, Wellman is bringing together some of his greatest collaborators from around the country for one big show to kick off the next chapter as the arts community prepares to move forward. Composer/pianist Annie Booth and drummer Alejandro Castano will be joining from Denver, along with New York-based bassist Hannah Marks and Los Angeles-based vocalist Rose Colella. Additionally, Iowa favorites Tina Haase Findlay and Gina Gedler will be featured on the concert.

    The evening will comprise some of Wellman's favorite standards from the world of jazz and cabaret music, including the title of the show, "Back in Business," an all-too-appropriate anthem made famous by Liza Minnelli in her return to Radio City Music Hall in 1992. Wellman has put the show together in close collaboration with Nate Sparks, an Iowa native who returned to Des Moines during the pandemic after several years of lauded performances in New York City's greatest jazz clubs, Dizzy's Club among them.

    In the spirit of the sold-out performance a then-19-year-old Wellman gave at Hoyt Sherman Place in July 2010, this concert is sure to be a can't-miss event in this summer of revival for the arts community in central Iowa