Tunes on the Terrace, every Friday through July

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    Hey, do you have lunch plans on Friday?

    Well, you do now. This year’s Tunes on the Terrace series starts later this week and continues every Friday through the end of July.

    So the only thing missing from that photo of the third-story terrace at the State Historical Museum is you. Everything is else is all set:

    Food: check. Café Baratta’s serves some of the best lunch in town. (Save room for a slice of Lemon Sunshine Cake. It’s happiness on a fork.)

    Views: check. You can admire the gold dome of the State Capitol, the downtown skyline across the river, or plenty in between.

    Music: check. This year’s lineup of mostly local talent doesn’t have a single dud in the bunch. Here’s a quick look . . .

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    May 5: Christopher the Conquered. Also known as Christopher Ford, this guy was a 2014 Iowa Arts Council Fellow and has been called “compelling, interesting and funny,” by ABC News, and “the real deal,” by none other than Ryan Adams. RSVP on Facebook.

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    May 12: Luke Fox. You might know this singer-songwriter from Little Big Fest or his album “A Still Between Echoes.” And if you don’t know him yet – well, it’s time to fix that. RSVP on Facebook.

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    May 19: Andy Fleming. For 20-some years he’s sung, played guitar and written songs for the rootsy rock band Brother Trucker and recently started a side project with Andy Fleming and The Sweet Nothings. RSVP on Facebook.

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    May 26: Vanessa Ellsbury. This Ames-based musician – singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer – describes her style as a mix between folk and blues, with a few psychedelic twists thrown in for good measure. RSVP on Facebook.

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    June 2: Courtney Krause. Her song “Hardwood Floors” was chosen for the collaborative album “Carpe Diem III,” and her song “I Understand” helped land her the honor of being last year’s Community Selected Artist at the Des Moines Music Coalition’s Gross Domestic Product festival. She’s also made the rounds of local TV, local radio and various events, like Race for the Cure. RSVP on Facebook.

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    June 9: Paige Harpin and Rob Ankum. Singer Paige knows her way around a jazz tune, and guitarist Rob is a smooth operator in his own right. Together, their music reminds you to take it easy. Relax, already. Everything is going to be just fine. RSVP on Facebook.

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    June 16: Annalibera. Led by the local musician, writer, artist and teacher Anna Gebhardt, this group released a successful debut album called “Nevermind I Love You” in 2015 and has two more albums in the works this year, with support from the Iowa Arts Council. RSVP on Facebook.

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    June 23: Aaron Earl Short. This guitar-pickin’, harmonica-wailin’, dobro-slidin’, stomp-box-stompin’, truth-tellin’ troubador is first and foremost a storyteller. So pull up a chair and listen up. You’ll be glad you did. He’s taken his One Man Traveling Front Porch Show to all the big festivals around town, and he’s the host of Iowa Homegrown on KFMG 98.9. RSVP on Facebook.

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    June 30: Ben Rendall. This guy’s alter ego is in the visual arts – he’s a digital artist and designer – but here he’ll pull out some of the pop-driven piano tunes he’s written about love and growing up. Sometimes he teams up with a group called Noe Clu. RSVP on Facebook.

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    July 7: Lojo Russo. This Quad Cities singer-songwriter plays the guitar, bass, mandolin – take your pick – from front porches to festivals to concert halls. One reviewer at the Festival in the Clouds, in Colorado, pointed out that “Lojo Russo is a one-woman show that shows you only need one woman.” Not too shabby. RSVP on Facebook.

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    July 14: David Watson. For more than 20 years, this singer and guitarist has played night clubs, cruise ships, casinos and “just about every festival” there is. He plays all sorts of covers, stretching back to the ‘50s, but specializes in AC/DC, Van Halen and Journey. RSVP on Facebook.

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    July 21: Patresa Hartman. With a mix of soul, folk and blues, this singer-songwriter-guitarist released her first album “the only way down” in 2014 and her second, “Queen of Everything,” in December, along with a music video with the Iowa Ballet Academy and the local filmmakers at DEFT. RSVP on Facebook.

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    July 28: DTAB and the Dabs. Led by Austin Ellis Brown and a feisty rhythm section, this group plays original music and standards at Noce and other stages around town. RSVP on Facebook.

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