June 28, 2016 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release:June 28, 2016
Contact: Eldree Baer, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience
DES MOINES, Iowa (June 28, 2016) –
The popular Thursday Nights in the Garden are underway for the summer and will be looking forward to enhancements the last Thursday of each month, beginning June 30, 2016. Thursdays of Note will feature area musicians from 6-8 p.m. Kicking off this min-series will be Des Moines native Austin Brown with his wife Stephanie Marie. Brown, with a degree in jazz studies from University of Northern Iowa, features an array of musical genre including jazz, fusion, blues and folk. He met his wife Stephanie while performing in Des Moines’ own Steely Dan cover band “The Midnight Cruisers”.
The full schedule for Thursdays of Note, named not to just describe the addition of live music, but also that the musicians are those with accolades from the peak of their industry:
June 30: Austin Brown and Stephanie Marie
July 28: Tony Valdez
August 25: Rob Espe
September 29: Steve Charlson and Julius Brooks
In July, we welcome Tony Valdez. Self-taught on the guitar, Tony has been an integral part of the Iowa music scene since the mid-1960s. And, he has been inducted not once, but three times, into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with various iterations of his music groups.
Rob Espe, a native-Iowan whose musical career began at the age of three with Suzuki violin training, sports an extensive pedigree including performing with many Iowa-bred bands such as Lick It Ticket as well as Bob Dorr and the Blue Band to the Des Moines and Wartburg Symphony Orchestras. From violin to mandolin, Espe serves up a wide menu of musical delights.
And, to round out the 2016 season, the Botanical Garden welcomes well-known jazz musicians Steve Charlson and Julius Brooks. Charlson, a native of Waterloo, Iowa and graduate of University of Northern Iowa, is regarded as Des Moines’ premier jazz bassist and has been the mainstay house bassist for Chuck’s restaurant for nearly a decade and was inducted into the Des Moines Community Jazz Center (CJC) Hall of Fame in 2014. One decade earlier, saxophonist Julius Brooks was inducted into the CJC Hall of Fame and this duo can serve it up. Charlson says, “Julius Brooks is always part of the mix. He’s 86 and knows all the tunes, and the ones he doesn’t know, he hears once and he’s fine.”
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.