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Music will begin at 1 p.m.

Dennis “Big Daddy” Kain is a veteran of many years of performing Delta and Country Blues as a soloist and as a featured musician. Dennis has performed in a variety of venues; from Iowa backwoods to deep in the Delta and on the islands of Hawaii. Dennis began his musical journey on the banks of the Des Moines River where he learned how to play finger-style and slide Blues. Dennis has learned to play many Blues standards and has written numerous creative Blues songs of his own. As “Big Daddy” has recently said about his background: I am a “Student of the Blues, learning a way to navigate this world of the blues. Lots of acoustic blues from days when a 78 record on a gramophone got people dancing in a juke joint”. Dennis is a great musician. Don’t miss this Bluesman from the old… and new schools.

Ticket Information

Botanical Blues general admission will be exclusively by advanced online reservation/timed ticketing ONLY, through the Garden’s website or over the phone by calling 515.323.6290.

Free Passes and Pineapple Program tokens will not be honored for Botanical Blues events.

Safety Protocols

We have implemented several new guidelines and procedures to help ensure the continued health of our guests, staff and volunteers. Guests must adhere to all safety protocols.

  • The number of guests allowed in during each block will be capped to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Guests will be assigned seating through the conservatory. Groups should not exceed four (4) people.
  • Face coverings are required at all times, excluding children under age 2. Guests will not be allowed entry without an adequate face covering.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others not in your group.
  • Do not visit the Garden if you are ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; if anyone in your household is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or if you have been in contact with anyone who is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Trellis Café will be open for Botanical Blues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • High touch surfaces throughout the Garden, including the restrooms, will be regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day to enhance hygiene and safety.
  • We look forward to safely welcoming you to your Garden for Botanical Blues and thank you in advance for adhering to these procedures to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage will be available and ordered through Trellis staff. NOTE you will be served at your assigned seat and can only consume food and beverage while seated. You must wear a face covering when not drinking or eating even if you are seated.

Thank You to Our Season Sponsors!

Corteva Agriscience
Bravo
City of Des Moines
Des Moines Water Works

Neumann Brothers
Homesteaders
Central Iowa Blues Society

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