DES MOINES — Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce that single tickets to four shows in the 2019-2020 Live at the Temple Concert Series will go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6. Tickets can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. All performances will be held at the Temple Theater.
Show details are available below:
• Friday, Oct. 11, The Temple Theater
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Royal ceaselessly continues to evolve and hone his musical craft, earning multipleJuno Award nominations and the title of iTunes Songwriter of the Year along the way. Jumping between guitar, piano and ukulele, Royal “brings class and craft to his pop-rock stylings, delivering them with a rich and resonant voice” (CBC Music). Royal’s latest release, “Ever After the Farewell,” is an ode to the classic styles of both Tin Pan Alley and Laurel Canyon. The album was influenced by the loss of his father and meeting the love of his life, both in the course of a single year. That journey gave a new meaning to Royal’s career, where creativity and performance will continue to shine and cultivate his trajectory, no matter where it leads. As the Juno nomination committee says, Royal “continues to win each fan through the intimate connection only a truly great songwriter can make with his audience.”
Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown
• Friday, Nov. 1, The Temple Theater
You might recognize her song, "Our Town," from the closing credits of the final episode of “Northern Exposure” and her song, Let the Mystery Be, which was featured in the opening scenes of the film “Little Buddha” and then became the theme for the opening credits of the HBO series, “The Leftovers.” Her second album, “My Life,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.
The press on her current release says it all: “It’s heady, heart-stopping stuff” – The Boston Globe. “As pure and piercing as they come” – No Depression. "Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity's efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don't feel so redeemed" – NPR Music.
• Tuesday, Nov. 12, The Temple Theater
Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.
Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, “Latin Grass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.
Irish Christmas in America
• Tuesday, Nov. 26, The Temple Theater
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning lrish group, Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.
This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2020.
For additional information about the Live at the Temple Concert Series, please visit DMPA.org.