Friday, July 25, 2014

Des Moines jazz festival August 1 - 3

"Life is a lot like jazz; it's best when you improvise." — George Gershwin

AWHILE BACK I mentioned that Paul is getting a Special Recognition Award from the Greater Des Moines Community Jazz Center. I also hinted that we had exciting forthcoming music news that I couldn't spill because it had yet to be officially announced.

It was released weeks and weeks ago, so I'm remiss for not telling you what that news is.

But hang on; you're clever. You've already figured out it's a jazz festival in Des Moines like it says in the title.

Ding ding ding. You are correct oh, sleuth-y one.

There is indeed going to be a jazz festival here in the heartland August 1, 2 and 3, and we've got a couple of stupendous national headliners coming to town.

It's called Music Under the Canopy because it's being held at under the new canopy at the Brenton Skating Plaza next to the river.

I've included the schedule below, but before you get to that, READ THIS:

There are few, if any – at least that I know of – actual tangible benefits you receive from reading Hey Look, but here at last is one small one: I have a code for you to use that will get you Premium seating at the festival for the general seating price. Tickets are sold by the day or for the entire three-day festival. 

Go to and put in the code tjc (case sensitive) to get the upgrade for a day pass or tjcpass for the all-festival pass when you check out. This upgrade is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you might want to jump on it. 

And BTW: Paul is playing all three days – in the Parranderos Latin Combo Friday night, with the Des Moines Big Band Saturday afternoon and with the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame All Star Band on Sunday. Be sure and say hello to him if you attend.

Day Schedule

Day 1   Hiroshima plus World Port and Parranderos Latin Combo Click here to purchase this day pass

Day 2   Arturo Sandoval plus The Des Moines Big Band, Steve Grismore Trio, The Hands of Time, Patricia Barber and Damani Phillips Click here to purchase this day pass

Day 3   Dominick Faranacci plus Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame All Stars, Damani Phillips. Click here to purchase this day pass

Click here to purchase the All-Festival Pass.

Legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval

Individual Concert Times

Friday, August 1, 2014

  • 6 PM   Gates open to public
  • 7 PM   World Port
  • 8 PM   Parranderos Latin Combo
  • 9 PM   Hiroshima

Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • 1 PM   Gates open to public
  • 2 PM   Steve Grismore Trio
  • 3 PM   The Hands of Time featuring Chris Merz
  • 4:30 PM   Des Moines Big Band
  • 6 PM   Patricia Barber
  • 7 PM   Damani Phillips
  • 9 PM   Arturo Sandoval

Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • 3 PM   Gates open to public
  • 4 PM   Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame All Star Band
  • 6:15 PM   Damani Phillips
  • 7:30 PM   Dominick Farinacci

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