Tunes on the Terrace

Live Music at Café Baratta's

“Tunes on the Terrace” is our live music series that takes place at Café Baratta’s (on the 3rd floor of the State Historical Building) from 11:30am-1:30pm on Friday afternoons in May, June and July. This program is part of our ongoing partnership with the Iowa Arts Council to promote local musicians and our beautiful space.

May 4: Anthony Koester

A mix of young talented and experienced musicians is what makes up Anthony Koester & the Skunk River Band. After forming in 2013, the band started by playing fundraisers and charity events around Iowa. They can now be found playing events large, small, and everything in-between. Anthony will be opening up this year’s Tunes on the Terrace with the music he loves: modern/alternative country. He’s ready to bring Nashville to Iowa and the Midwest! Anthony will be solo on the patio, but you can find more information on the band on their Facebook page

May 11: Austin Ellis

Iowa native, Austin Ellis, has jazz music flowing through his veins. Starting out, he studied guitar with Robert Ankum and was inspired to continue with his studies at UNI, where he received a B.A. in Jazz Studies. He played in the Jazz Panthers and was a member of the improvisational jazz/funk quintet, Mary Mo and Her Sweet Notes. Since moving to the Des Moines area five years ago, he’s played with Jazz in a Funky Place, Geddions, and Max Wellman’s band. He brings his talent to Tunes on the Terrace on May 11th! Keep track of where Austin plays each week on his Facebook page.

May 18: 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 25: Mary McAdams

Ever since she found her brother’s copy of Carole King’s album, Tapestry, Mary McAdams’ life has been on the path to creating conscientious music with meaningful lyrics and beautiful melodies. When she discovered Jackson Browne, she just had to get a guitar. In high school, Mary recorded a demo that included 12 songs, but stage fright got the best of her and silenced her for years. She went to college, got a degree in the science field, married, had children, and tried to forget her calling to music…but music would not be ignored. She finally picked up her guitar and leaned into the love affair with music she’d been missing for so long—and we’re the lucky ones because of it. Her voice has been described as “unapologetically strong” and her roles as mom, wife, and musician make their way into her lyrics. You can learn more (you’ll want to learn more) on her website.

June 1: Luke Fox

His voice has been called “as thick and smooth as whiskey.” Add to that an acoustic guitar that transports you to a warm summer night under a sky of stars and you have Luke Fox. His album, “A Still Between Echoes” was recorded right here in Des Moines and it showcases Luke’s talents as well as several local musicians. Luke was recently invited to participate in Little Big Fest, a music festival hosted by the Des Moines Music Coalition and dedicated to showcasing local artists. Learn more about Luke Fox here.

June 8: Brian Congdon

Singer/songwriter, Brian Congdon has really 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.

June 15: Paige Harpin

Des Moines native, Paige Harpin’s inspirations include Erykah Badu, D’angelo, and Jill Scott. So, it’s not surprising that her style is both laid-back and passionate. She’s not afraid of her swagger and she uses it to deliver relaxing melodies with lyrics and vocals to knock your socks off. The album (written entirely by Harpin), “How Do You Love” was recorded in Des Moines and Paige can often be found performing in and around the metro. Take a look at her Facebook page for more info!

June 22: Ryne Doughty

A self-described “Roots-Americana musician,” Ryne Doughty creates music that’s deeply rooted in real stories about love, loss, happiness, sadness, and life in general. His music conjures images of small town Iowa, where he grew up. The genuine friendliness of Iowa living can be heard in his lyric, his baritone voice, and the chords of his guitar. All of this comes together to create passionate, energetic  performances both live and in studio. Get to know Ryne Doughty on his site.

June 29: River Glen

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, River Glen hails from Dubuque, Iowa. His lyrically-driven music blends elements of folk, pop, blues, rootsy-rock, and hip-hop. River’s performances are upbeat, engaging, and tasty (like biscuits and gravy)! As the recipient of a 2017-2018 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship Grant, River continues to proudly represent his home state by bringing his brand of Iowa Grown Folk-Pop to audiences across the Greater Midwest, the Northeast, and Canada. Visit www.RiverGlenMusic.com for upcoming performances, music, videos, and more!

July 6: Luke Fox

His voice has been called “as thick and smooth as whiskey.” Add to that an acoustic guitar that transports you to a warm summer night under a sky of stars and you have Luke Fox. His album, “A Still Between Echoes” was recorded right here in Des Moines and it showcases Luke’s talents as well as several local musicians. Luke was recently invited to participate in Little Big Fest, a music festival hosted by the Des Moines Music Coalition and dedicated to showcasing local artists. Learn more about Luke Fox here.

July 13: Ben Rendall

UNI alum, Ben Rendall, has immersed himself in the arts. As a digital artist, designer, songwriter, pianist, and singer, he’s constantly creating beauty in the world around him. Ben writes and performs music with themes of growing up and learning about love. His EP, Night & Day, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. When not performing solo, he can be found performing with his band, Noe Clu. Be sure to check out his Facebook page for videos, news, and more.

July 20: Brian Congdon

Singer/songwriter, Brian Congdon has really 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.

July 27: Anthony Koester

A mix of young talented and experienced musicians is what makes up Anthony Koester & the Skunk River Band. After forming in 2013, the band started by playing fundraisers and charity events around Iowa. They can now be found playing events large, small, and everything in-between. Anthony will be opening up this year’s Tunes on the Terrace with the music he loves: modern/alternative country. He’s ready to bring Nashville to Iowa and the Midwest! Anthony will be solo on the patio, but you can find more information on the band on their Facebook page.