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Live Music in April & May

Our taproom has already hosted some great live music in 2016, but there’s so much more on the way!  Here’s a taste of things to come:


Saturday, April 9th @ 8pm

Jason Walsmith (of the Nadas)

WalsmithIf you’ve paid attention to the local music scene in Iowa anytime in the last 23 years, you’ve probably heard of The Nadas.  Since forming in 1993, the band has cultivated one of the largest local fanbases in state history.  Jason Walsmith has been the co-frontman since the band’s formation, sharing his abilities as a storyteller, songwriter and vocalist with legions of audiences.  Once in a while, we snag him for an intimate taproom performance, where his individuality truly shines.




Saturday, April 16th @ 8pm

Matt Woods*

MattwoodssoloMatt Woods is certainly one of Iowa’s most talented blues and roots guitarists.  Stomping and picking, wailing and sliding, Woods breathes fresh life into the blues. From traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music, Woods is well-versed in the history of American music.  Woods is always a favorite and we’re pleased to welcome him back for this intimate live performance.





Saturday, April 30th @ 8pm

Andy Fleming & the Sweet Nothings*

Sweet NothingsAndy Fleming embodies the Roots music scene in Iowa.  A hard-working local artist, best known as the frontman of longtime Des Moines stalwarts, Brother Trucker, Fleming is a talented singer, songwriter and musician.  His latest project is stripped down and soulful and known as The Sweet Nothings.  Together with mandolin player Dewey Ford and guitarist Matt Cullen, Fleming performs a range of music, embracing elements of Rock, Soul and Country.  It’s all tied together with a harmonious groove.  If you’ve ever heard Andy Fleming or Brother Trucker, you know this is one show to put on your calendar!

Saturday, May 7th @ 8pm

Roxi Copland*

Roxi2The Jazz Pop stylings of singer-songwriter Roxi Copland has won her legions of fans throughout Iowa and the U.S.  A former Iowa resident, Copland quickly established a strong following throughout the Des Moines area.  A talented pianist with a smoky voice, Roxi Copland not only has a knack for original songwriting, but also for putting unique twists on popular covers, from Elton John to The Offspring.

Roxi was twice voted “Best Local Musician” in Des Moines’s Cityview.  Since moving to Milwaukee, she has been nominated for multiple awards, including “Best New Artist”, “Jazz Artist of the Year”, “Singer-songwriter of the Year” and “Best Female Vocalist”.  Roxi only tours through Iowa a couple of times each year, so don’t miss this rare appearance at Peace Tree!

BONUS:  Gourmet grilled cheese purveyors, Melts Without Borders, will be on hand from 4-10pm, slinging up some deliciously melty food to go with your beer!  Come with an appetite and stick around for Roxi!






Friday, May 13th @ 8pm

The High Crest*

High CrestThe High Crest is the “Folk n’ Roll” duo of husband-wife Aaron Earl Short and Kat Darling.  Together, they perform “an extensive catalog of original, acoustic guitar-based tunes that come alive with multi-instrumentation, engaging harmonies, hand drum percussion, soulful harmonica, and the steel hum of resonator guitar.”  The High Crest has performed at Peace Tree on several occasions now, and each time, has put on a great, intimate show for our crowd.





Friday, May 20th @ 8pm

Paul Sprawl*

Paul-SprawlPaul Sprawl is a uniquely talented fingerstyle guitarist, unlike any other who’s played Peace Tree.  He describes his music as “Americana, Heavy Wood and Psychedelic Roots”.  His intricate, sprawling music needs to be seen live to fully appreciate.

From his website… “Paul Sprawl combines percussive guitar techniques with bottleneck, tapping, harmonica and a baritone voice like the wind reaching out across the desert. His guitar is like crackling fire and riding bandits. His songs tell stories of politics, love and romance, the down trodden, and the interesting lives of those he meets all over the world. ”






Unless otherwise specified, Peace Tree requests a nominal $5 cover on live music nights to help us continue to support our talented local artists.  We believe good music is worth the price of a beer and your contribution helps promote local, hardworking artists.



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