Listen to music in the sun

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



The Summer Concert Series in Des Moines' Beach Park will hold concerts featuring artists performing varying genres of music.

The genres will include Beatles music, bluegrass, rock, country, and Latin... lots of Latin.

 "The Sunset Farmers Market contacted the Des Moines Arts Commission to collaborate with us to promote the Wednesday Market before our concerts; we agreed," said Jean Munro, chairman of the Des Moines Arts Commission.

"Who wouldn't want a farmers market and a concert series in a beautiful waterfront setting? It is a win-win." 

She said the Arts Commission is particularly conscious of the community's diversity in selecting this year's line-up.

 "We looked at who is living in our community and tried to bring in bands that we hope will bring our community members to the park, [bringing] their students to listen to great music and more exposure to the arts," Munro said.

The band Cordavia will be playing on July 12. Their music is Latin, afrobeat, and funk dance.

Bobby Medina will perform Latin and jazz music on July 19.

Fun Addicts will perform a variety of music on July 26.

Bowie Vision, a David Bowie tribute band, will kick off the August concerts on the second.

Alama Y Azucar will play Latin and Jazz music on August 9.

Cherry Cherry will be covering songs originally done by singer-songwriter Neil Diamond on August 16.

The series will close with the band Mantra, a Santana tribute band, on Aug. 23.

All of the concerts will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The average attendance of each concert has been  800 to 1,500 people in the past, Munro said.

People wanting to enter input on the music selections can visit their facebook page at desmoinesartscommission.com.

Munro said that collaborations such as these with the Summer Concert Series benefit the local community as well. 

"The collaboration, involving the Arts Commission, Farmers Market, Destination Des Moines, and the Legacy Foundation, is very important to the city," she said.

"The community ultimately benefits from these offerings to keep our city active with performing and visual arts, and with healthy food options."

These include "local business owners who run food trucks, bakeries, and farms," Munro said.

Food can be purchased at the Sunset Farmers Market in the North Marina parking lot before people head on over to  listen to live music at Beach Park.

"If they purchase [food] at the Sunset Farmers Market they can get their parking fee comped," she said.

The events are pay what you can, so while there is no set price, donations are encouraged.

"Donations collected in bins around the park will go to the Des Moines Arts Commission to pay for future concerts in the park.  The raffle tickets and other sales will be split with Legacy and Destination Des Moines for beer and wine sales," she said.

"Legacy helps seniors, youth and arts programs. Destination Des Moines helps with advertising and keeping businesses marketed and open," she said.

The event will be held at Des Moines Beach Park, 22030 Cliff Ave. S.

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