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Monday, July 30, 2018

DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce the following two engagements at the Temple Theater this fall: BEAUSOLEIL avec Michael Doucet and AN EVENING WITH PAULA COLE. Tickets for both engagements will go on sale Friday, Aug. 3 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300. Additional details are available below.

BEAUSOLEIL avec Michael Doucet

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Temple Theater

For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with "L’amour Ou La Folie" (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, "Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival," BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including 12 GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release “Alligator Purse.” Critics unanimously agree that it is “bon temps, every time they play,” (The New York Times).



Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Temple Theater

“It is truly my time now, at 50.” – Paula Cole

Paula Cole started as a jazz singer and now returns, at nearly 50 years of age, to pay homage to her first love of jazz and folk. A self-described “mother and human being first,” Cole is a timeless voice not only in song, but for those who have felt pain, and who still stand shining light, against all odds. With a voice that is big, rich and gorgeous, a mind that is intelligent, and a heart that transforms suffering into beauty, Paula Cole sings for our enlightenment, for our souls.

Paula Cole is the voice behind Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live,” hits “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” “I Don’t Want To Wait,” and the brave, brazen double platinum album, “This Fire.” Cole has infused wit and poetry into seven albums of original work over a twenty-plus-year-career. In performance, Cole gives of herself to such a degree that she elicits tears and gasps and goose bumps from audiences. In her lyrics, she writes of inner life, of redemption, a woman’s perspective; of social justice.

As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, “This Fire,” Cole broke boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. Recently, Paula is celebrating the 20th anniversary of “This Fire,” and will be performing “This Fire” in its entirety at select concerts. She has released a new video of “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” and a 20th anniversary-memento-live album entitled, “This Bright Red Feeling.”

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About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 40 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit



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