Single Tickets For LIVE AT THE TEMPLE Concerts Go On Sale 3/1

Texas singer/songwriter BRUCE ROBISON kicks off the first concert in the Civic Center's new concert series "LIVE AT THE TEMPLE. Your Music. Up Close." on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center's Temple Theater. Americana troubadour Mark Stuart opens. All concerts in the LIVE AT THE TEMPLE concert series are a presentation of the Prairie Meadows Temple Theater Series.

Tickets for all concerts in the LIVE AT THE TEMPLE SERIES go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on March, March 1, 2010 at the Civic Center Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge-by-phone at (800) 745-8000 and online at

Thursday March 25 7:30 p.m. $26.50

All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $1.50

"Texas songwriter" is one of those job descriptions - like "French chef" or "Kenyan runner" - that packs a lot of implied historical weight. Any occupational title that invites immediate comparison to Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, and Willie Nelson is not for the faint of heart. Real songwriters know that it's not about how many units you move so much as whether people sing your songs to themselves when they're alone. By either standard, Bruce Robison is among the first rank of Texas songwriters.

Bruce is also a prolific recording artist. For his eighth studio release, Bruce joins forces with Rodney Crowell to co-produce a collection of new classics reflecting the love and respect he has for the traditions of country music. In his clear-eyed, deeply felt songs, Bruce does what great songwriters have always done: he takes the reality that surrounds us every day and makes it new again. Faded, careworn lives turn out to be rich with meaning when looked at from a slightly different angle, if you'll just take the time... and Robison takes the time. The results are heartbreaking, hilarious, sweet, and stirring, as his songs confirm after a single listen.

Among the first rank of Texas-Songwriters, Bruce's craft is admired by his peers and his creations have been covered by a variety of artists including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, wife Kelly Willis, and brother Charlie Robison. Additionally Tim McGraw ("Angry All The Time"), The Dixie Chicks ("Travelin' Soldier"), and George Strait ("Wrapped") each achieved #1 status for their versions of his songs. Bruce Robison doesn't require introductions anymore. He's made himself heard in the hearts of people across the country.

Mark Stuart
Mark Stuart has been hailed as an Americana Troubadour, singer-songwriter, and a producer. And so, after three albums, and thousands of gigs fronting the critically acclaimed alt-country group Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, that Rolling Stone called, "...pure Americana heart and soul," Stuart is driving on, under a new name: Mark Stuart and the Bastard Sons, and from his current hometown of Austin, Texas.

The voice and vision of acclaimed alt-country group Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, is currently touring to support the release of his new CD, Bend In The Road, out September 22, 2009 on his own Texacali Records with distribution by Nashville-based Dualtone Music. In addition, after three successful albums and thousands of gigs fronting Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, a moniker for which the Man in Black gave his permission and his blessing, Stuart and his crew are driving on under a new name: Mark Stuart and The Bastard Sons, a tag that more accurately reflects the tone of Stuart's music and the direction of his expressive and confident songwriting.

The LIVE AT THE TEMPLE four-concert package includes one ticket and a free beverage to each of the four concerts in the series. Package prices are only $125. All performances of the LIVE AT THE TEMPLE concert series are performed at the Civic Center's Temple Theater in the Temple for Performing Arts located at Tenth and Locust Streets in downtown Des Moines. Orders may be placed online at or in person at the Civic Center Ticket Office Monday through Friday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). More information can be obtained by visiting

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