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Peter Mayer at the Progressive Voices Concert Series
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
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Peter Mayer at the Progressive Voices Concert Series
The Progressive Voices Concert Series presents Twin Cities singer-songwriter Peter Mayer!

WHEN:  Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m.  (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

WHERE:  First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, IA


$15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Season tickets, which include this show and 3 others, are also available with great discounts and additional benefits.  Go to for more information.

You may pick up your pre-paid tickets at the will-call table after 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.

General admission seating, with doors opening at 7 p.m.


Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet - songs about interconnectedness and the human journey and about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of folk and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Originally a student of both theology and music, over time Peter found himself increasingly drawn to music as his life's path.  He has been a full-time, professional musician since 1995, but his music often still incorporates themes of mystery, meaning, and wonder drawn at least in part from his spiritual leanings.  Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following over the decades, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas and from New England to California. He has 9 CDs and has sold over 70,000 of them independently

"Peter Mayer is a magician...(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol  everything contains more than meets the eye."
-- Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

"His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing."
--Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

"Peter Mayer makes it look easy  beautifully crafted songs that pose eternal questions -- his arrangements make it sound like there is certainly more than one man and his guitar in the XM Satellite Radio studios."
--Mary Sue Twohy, XM Radio

"He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment...Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence...Trust me, most songwriters can't pull this off. Peter Mayer does."
--Dale Connelly, Morning Show Host, Minnesota Public Radio

"Mayer's songs are crafted like shaker furniture, with no place for superfluous embellishments or throwaway lines... (his) world is bright and hopeful and the transcendent nature of his lyricsexplore the mysteries of lifeMayer's fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is music for the soul."
--Acoustic Guitar Magazine

There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn myself, but I could never play them as well as he does."
--David Wilcox, Singer/Songwriter

"I'm a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don't feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter's work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do. If I rocked half as hard as Peter does, I'd own the world by now."
--Janis Ian, Singer/Songwriter

"Peter delivers contemporary folk music in it's highest form: Intelligent without being bombastic--empathetic, always fresh and with wit and fantastic melodies. And his guitar playing is top tier."
--Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX

"Mayer's appealing guitar style (is) alternately percussive, rhythmic, melodic, or all of the above. In Mayer's capable hands the instrument sounds like a calliope one moment, an orchestra the next and then a cleanly picked guitar ala Dave Van Ronk... Mayer is a performer at the top of his game who knows that the secret to living in a world of perplexing questions is enjoying the search for answers."
--David Kleiner, Minor Seventh Reviews

"Mayer offers up everything you could ever want from a singer/songwriter."
--Dirty Linen Magazine

"This native of Minnesota is a master storyteller."
--Folk Roots Magazine



First Unitarian Church of Des Moines (View)
1800 Bell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50315
United States

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Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 6
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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