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!

May 3rd: 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.

May 10th: The Sheet



Geoffrey Junior and Eddie Redd bring their “no-coast reggae” to every stage they grace. This duo from Des Moines finds a way to put a reggae spin on each song, whether they’re covering something from David Bowie, Incubus, Maroon 5, or Jimmi Hendrix. They find a way to make their audience feel like they’re on vacation and that’s the point! These guys don’t take themselves too seriously and those positive vibes are perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Follow them on Facebook to keep up.

May 17th: Andy Fleming


A favorite of the Des Moines music scene for decades, Andy Fleming has fronted the legendary Brother Trucker and has recently started a new solo project, Andy Fleming & the Sweet Nothings. As a singer/songwriter/guitarist, Andy focuses on the place he knows the best: Iowa! He’s happily keeping busy playing taverns, coffee houses, bars, private parties, concert halls, and the occasional political rally. Find out more about Andy Fleming & the Sweet Nothings on their Facebook page.

May 24th: Ace Jones



Originally from California, Ace Jones eventually made his way to Iowa and brought with him his passion for music. He’s described his style as “power acoustic rock,” but he’ll often throw some pop and country sounds in the mix. Ace’s sets are a healthy mix of covers and original songs, and he loves seeing his audience up on their feet dancing! Get to know Ace by checking out his site.

May 31st: 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.

June 7th: 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.”

June 14th: Patresa Hartman


Based in Des Moines, Patresa Hartman has described her style “soul-folk,” a mixture of equal parts Ingrid Michaelson, Adele, and Miranda Lambert. Her rich voice lends itself beautifully to blues and you’ll notice that her signature guitar-picking style becomes part of the rhythm of each song. Then, when she turns to the piano, her gospel roots shine through. Recently, she released her second full-length album, Queen of Everything, to praise among local music critics. It was with this album that she formed a collaboration with the Iowa Ballet Academy and local filmmakers at DEFT to create a stunning music video. You can learn more about Patresa’s background and hear her music on her website.

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].