Tunes on the Terrace

Live Music at Café Baratta's

Our live music series, Tunes on the Terrace, takes place every Friday afternoon from 11:30am-1:30pm through September this year on the third floor terrace of the State Historical Building. As part of our ongoing partnership with the Iowa Arts Council, the series promotes and supports local musicians. Head to lunch at Café Baratta’s and enjoy live music from up-and-coming artists as well as local favorites. With views of the State Capitol and downtown Des Moines skyline, this little lunch spot in the East Village is the perfect afternoon getaway. Remember to save room for dessert!

September 6: Brian Congdon

Singer/songwriter, Brian Congdon has made a name for himself in his hometown over the years. Since 1999, Brian’s been playing professionally in and around the Des Moines area and chances are, you’ve had the good fortune to have heard him. Of course he knows how to put on a great show—he started playing piano when he was 3 and fell in love with the guitar in high school and hasn’t gone a day without playing since. His versatility as a musician means you can count on a healthy mixture of styles, from alt/country to rock and requests, he has the most fun when the audience is involved. Check out Brian’s website here.

Brian will also be performing on CW Iowa Live with Lou and Jackie on the morning of September 6th. Catch his performance at 9:30am!

September 13: Abbie Sawyer

If you’re from Des Moines, chances are, you’ve seen Abbie Sawyer perform with one of her bands or solo. As part of Abbie & The Sawyers, Abbie’s voice soars in lifting harmonies and her skills on the guitar add to the original Americana folk sounds. As the vocalist for the NOLA Jazz Band, Abbie brings both traditional and more current New Orleans music to the Des Moines music scene. Learn more about Abbie by following her on Facebook.

Abbie will be also be featured the morning of September 13th on CW Iowa Live. Be sure to check out her performance at 9:30am on the CW, then head to Café Baratta’s to see her perform live at Tunes on the Terrace.

September 20: Tom Buckmiller

American blues musician, Tom Buckmiller first picked up a guitar in high school, where he and a couple of his best friends formed their first band, Shattered Silence. Blues music pulses through Tom’s veins. He teaches a blues course at Drake University in Des Moines and is the general editor of two books written by his class, featuring local blues players and fans. Luckily, we get to enjoy him live at Tunes on the Terrace on Friday, September 20th! In the meantime, check out his music and read more about him on his site.

We will also have a dance demonstration and free group dance lesson for those in attendance, courtesy of the East Village’s Des Moines Ballroom dance studio. Stop by for lunch, stay for a free dance lesson, and free music!

P.S. Before his live performance at Tunes on the Terrace, Tom will be featured on CW Iowa Live. Catch his performance there at 9:30am!


September 27: Dueling Fiddles

Accomplished violinists, Geneviève Salamone and Hanna Wolle make up the DSM Dueling Fiddles, a duo that brings their virtuosic talent and incredible energy to every performance. Geneviève has performed with the famed Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera, who merges technology with classical violin to create the unique sounds heard at each show. Hanna is a Des Moines native who first picked up the violin when she was four. By the time she was fifteen, she became one of the youngest violinists in the Des Moines Symphony’s history when she won a seat in the first violin section. Their album is available on their website and features a variety of covers, including Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” from Guns ‘n Roses, and even the theme to “Game of Thrones.”

Catch them on CW Iowa Live at 9:30am before they head to us for Tunes on the Terrace!

Calling Des Moines Musicians

If you’re a musician in the Des Moines area (or are willing to travel), we’re now booking for our 2019 Tunes on the Terrace series. In the past, we’ve welcomed artists from the immediate area as well as cities on the edge of the state. If you call Iowa home (or simply love it as much as we do), we’d love to have you at Tunes on the Terrace!

For booking information, please contact Kim Duede at [email protected].