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 during May and June 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. Take your lunch on the terrace 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. Just remember to save room for dessert!

June 21st: The Michael Duede Trio


A Des Moines area native, Michael Duede is back after recently graduating from the University of Northern Iowa and he’s brought his musical talents with him. As a child, Michael spent time playing piano, but didn’t commit to making music until his junior year of high school. That’s when his passion for composing music became abundantly clear. His music makes you think of warm weather and patios, with elements of jazz, pop, and lo-fi intermingling. He’s talented on piano, isn’t afraid of synth, and you might hear a sax and oboe here and there. When Michael Duede isn’t creating his own music, he’s lending his talents to film scores as a freelance sound engineer. Take a listen to some of his tracks and get to know him more on his site.

June 28th: Jack Curtis


When first listening to Jack Curtis on guitar, his versatility stands out immediately. His SoundCloud page showcases his instrumental talents and appreciation of old favorites. Jack’s rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which was made famous by Billie Holiday in 1944, is smooth and nostalgic. The tempo rises with “Strasbourg Saint Denis” and he shreds on “Carol of the Bells.” Jack will bring his guitar to close out this year’s Tunes on the Terrace and we’re looking forward to closing out 2019 strong!

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].