My Great Grandfather

I was a child of about 7 years of age when my Great Grandfather, Peter T. Petersen, passed away. I did not know Great Grandpa very well except for his […]

2019 Botanical Blues

  2019 Botanical Blues Performance Schedule All shows will take place from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sundays in January, February, and March of 2019. The performances will take place […]

2017 Botanical Blues

Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest. […]

2016 Botanical Blues Schedule

This is our 10th year for the Botanical Blues concert series! Forget about your winter woes, Botanical Blues is the place to go! The following is the lineup of live […]

Local artist ‘Freight Train’ Frank Strong has been selected to perform at the 2010 International VSA arts festival on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at noon at the Smithsonian Discovery Theater […]

Dangerous Freight Train Frank!

For the first time in a lot of years, Frank Strong’s “on the road again”! Terrorizing the wide open empty grass fields of  Central Iowa Blues Society’s Living History Blues Fest […]

Meet the Blues Boys

Direction and purpose is a major motivation factor in anyone’s life.  Especially when we are young and growing up.  What we are influenced with can set a direction that can […]

Ankeny Harmonica Class

Recently, we conducted a class on playing the harmonica at the Coffee Shop south of Ankeny.  We’ve had some wonderful responses to these classes! If your group would like to […]

Newell-Fonda Community Harmonica Class

I had SO much fun teaching harmonica and working with over 80 of the 4-6 graders in the Middle School of the Newell-Fonda Community Schools in Fonda, Iowa. Click below to […]