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Des Moines Metro Arts' Jazz in July series kicks off

The Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance kicked off their 32nd season of Jazz in July on Thursday night, July 3 with a performance by the Parranderos Latin Combo at the State Capitol before the Des Moines Symphony's Yankee Doodle Pops concert. The month-long outdoor concert series will now run through July 26 with performances all over the Metro. The concerts are free and open to the public, and have become the longest running concerts series in Des Moines. The concerts will feature a mix of local and national acts with Iowa ties, and they will feature kid's activities, food vendors, and visual artists as well.

Bella Soul will perform as part of Jazz in July 2014.
Charles Walton

Here is a look at the remaining schedule for the 2014 Jazz in July concert series.

Friday, July 4: The Tony Valdez Large Band at Lions Park in Urbandale

Saturday, July 5: Bella Soul (pictured) at Evelyn K. Davis Park in Des Moines

Thursday, July 10: Dave Rezek's Alpha State Agents at Farm Bureau Financial Services in West Des Moines

Friday, July 11: Orquesta Alto Maiz at Hispanic Educational Resources in Des Moines

Saturday, July 12: The Trinity Project at Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines

Sunday, July 13: Janey Hooper and Friends (featuring Susie Miget) at the Sylvan Theater in Des Moines

Thursday, July 17: Freddy Gazzo Band at the Clive Aquatic Center in Clive

Friday, July 18: Ken Jolls Quartet (featuring Kersten Tipping) at Beaverdale Park in Des Moines

Saturday, July 19: Freestyle at the 6th Avenue Corridor (6th & College) in Des Moines

Sunday, July 20: Betsy Hickok Quartet at the Johnston Public Library in Johnston

Wednesday, July 23: John Morgan Orchestra (featuring Gina Gedler) at Wesley Acres in Des Moines

Thursday, July 24: Max Wellman at American Enterprise (sculpture garden) in Des Moines

Friday, July 25: High Society Big Band at Copper Creek Lake Park in Pleasant Hill

Saturday, July 26: Paige Harpin & Gruve at the West Glen Town Center (5465 Mills Civic Parkway) in West Des Moines

All of the Jazz in July events will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., except for the July 24 event with Max Wellman, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about the Des Moines Metro Arts Alliance and their mission to create, collaborate, and educate, go to their website. For more on Jazz in July, head over to the concert series' website or check out their Facebook page. Check out July 24 performer Max Wellman in the above video.


The July 19 Jazz in July Event has been expanded to include multiple live musical acts, food, kid's activities, community booths, dancers, and more. The event will now run from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Here is the updated live music schedule:

3 p.m.: Parranderos Latin Combo
5 p.m.: SP3
6:30 p.m.: Freestyle
9 p.m.: Faculty Lounge

For more details on this expanded Jazz in July 6th Avenue event, go to the Metro Arts Jazz in July Facebook Page.

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