B. JOHN BURNS, Songwriter (Des Moines music)

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from deep in the heart of Johnston, Iowa...

In the fall of 1972, during my junior year of high school, I sat down at the Cable-Nelson piano in the basement of my parents' house and laboriously penned my first song, "Last Airport Home."  A few days later, I wrote another, and then another -- and then another. . .

I never stopped.

Then, in January, 1976 I played a borrowed Wurlitzer electric piano at the Wakonda Country Club on Des Moines' South Side with a band called Now and Then.  That was my first professional gig.  On Halloween Night of that year, I got a call from the legendary Baby Lester in Omaha, beckoning me to join him on the road as a member of Baby Lester and the Buggybumpers.  I followed him to Odebolt, Iowa, Independence, Missouri (twice), Fayetteville, Arkansas, Worthington, Minnesota, Albuquerque, Abilene, Atchison, Kansas, Buffalo, Wyoming, Tiffin, Ohio, Pierre, South Dakota, Indianapolis, Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Green Lake, Wisconsin, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Humboldt, Iowa and, yes, Kokomo.  I'd like to say I never stopped playing.

Okay, there were a few stops and starts from time to time -- but I'm playing NOW!! 

And, yes, I am the brother of marathon champion Mary Burns-Prine, owner of the Women Runners Website and author of The 2008 Women Runners' DAILY JOURNAL & CALENDAR.  But I'm determined to make it on the quality of my songwriting, rather than my sister's celebrity, so I pretty much try to keep it a secret.  How's that, Mary?

BUY MY CD!!

To order a copy of my CD, "Forty Years Ago Today," send a note with your mailing address to

B. John Burns

P.O. Box 30035

Johnston, IA 50131

You may also order copies of  "Mutants That I'll Never Understand," "Undefeated," "Ridiculously High," "Year of the Jumping Flea," "Up Here on the 19th Floor" and "High Adventure on the Road" from the same location!!

 

 

Check this site often for exciting news about upcoming shows!!

Click here to find out a little more about John Burns, songwriter.  

Visit my photo galleries to see some of the people I've worked with over the past thirty-some years.  Find posters of my upcoming performances.  Read my nostalgic accounts of some of my great music business adventures, including the stories about the infamous bad review, some of the more positive publicity I've received, strangers on a train, a little night music, and  performing at the 2006 through 2015 IMT Des Moines Marathons.

Check out the list of songs played at my performance, and listen to my home-grown demos of about a dozen or so of them.

SOME OF THE PLACES I'VE PERFORMED MY SOLO ACT

Amici Espresso

The Village Bean Coffee Co.

Cafe Milo

Being There Coffee House (Altoona)

Crave Italian American

Saints Rest Coffee House (Grinnell)

Ritual Cafe

Palek Studio and Gallery

Jacob's Place

Iowa Veterans Home (Marshalltown)

Hull Avenue Tap 

Grounds for Celebration (Beaverdale)

House of Bricks (Songwriters' Night)

CoffeeCat (Mason City)

West Des Moines Elks Lodge

Linden Street Coffee House (Lamoni)

Lot 33

Michael's Pizza  

El Bait Shop

Blue Rock Cafe (Hudson, OH)

The Beaver Tap

Veterans Administrsation Community Center, Des Moines

Annelise Winery

Capes Kafe (Art Mart)

The Game Sports Bar

Cafeteria & Co. (Urbana, IL)

Rehab Bar and Grill

Letsch Law Firm Art Gallery

Burger Daddy, Grimes

Ramsey's WIne Bistro, Marion

Black Forge Coffee House (Pittsburgh)

Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, Osceola

Chocolaterie Stam Des Moines

Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market

Gray's Lake Pavillion (Strutt your Mutt)

Green Grounds Cafe

Okobji Grill (Johnston)

Pioneer MIll of Tiffin (Ohio)

Flanagan's Bar and Grill

Wesley Acres Retirement Community

The Royal Mile

Woody's Smoke Shack

The Greenwood Lounge

Mojo's at River Music Experience (Davenport)

ArtsCentral (Waukee)

Hotel Pattee

Mom's Place

Uptown Bill's Coffee House (Iowa City)

Des Moines Farmers Market

The Brew (Manchester, Tennessee)

The Java House (Iowa City)

Kort House Lounge and Liquor (Leon)

Beaver Estates Retirement Community

Tally's Restaurant, Lounge and Catering

Charles H. MacNider Art Museum (Mason City) Annual Arts Festival

Prairie City Farmers Market

Grafton 123 House of Coffee (Grafton, West Virginia)

Windsor Heights Community and Events Center

Ruby's Pub (Stuart)

Bayside Community Center (San Diego -- Fundraiser)

Art on the Prairie (Perry)

Hotel Vetro (Iowa City -- Fundraiser)

The Vaudeville Mews

Neutral Ground Coffee House (New Orleans)

Northland Galleries (Art Shows)

Picasso Coffee House (St. Charles, Missouri)

Natural Living Expo

Friday Night Live (Mason City)

The Keg Stand

333 Restaurant (Grenada, Mississippi)

Smokey Row Coffee House and Ice Cream (Des Moines)

Smokey Row Coffee House and Ice Cream (Pella)

Smokey Row Coffee House and Ice Cream (Pleasantville)

Smokey Row Coffee House and Ice Cream (Oskaloosa) 

Java Monkey (Decatur, Georgia)

Undergrounded (Clarion, Iowa)

Kirkwood Hotel Lobby/Art Show

Illahee Hills Retirement Community

Scornavacca's Restaurant (Private Party)

C & D's Welcome Cafe (Redondo Beach, CA)

Illegal Grounds (Denver)

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (Washington, DC)

Savvy Coffee and WIne Bar (Solon)

Java G's (Clive)

The Alley Upstairs at Cafe Allegro (Seattle)

Pegasus Coffee House and Gallery (Bainbridge Island, WA)

C & P Coffee Company (West Seattle)

Mars Cafe

Starry Night Coffee House (Johnston)

Java Joe's

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair (San Diego)

Cafe Diem (Ankeny)

Cafe Diem (Ames)

The Iowa State Fair

Black Sheep Coffee Cafe (South St. Paul, MN)

Harvest Moon (Dallas Center)

Grounds for Celebration (Urbandale)

Aura (private party)

Capital Square Atrium

Gordon's Food Products, Des Moines, IA (private party)

Gateway West/Art Show

Marshalltown Coliseum (Unity Unplugged)

Memories Hall, Marshalltown (Unity Unplugged II)

The Des Moines Playhouse

The Foxboro Grill

Sylvan Amphitheater, Greenwood Park (Dickstock)

The Beaverdale Fall Festival

Hoyt Sherman Auditorium

Crystal Tree Restaurant (private reception)

Embassy Club (private reception)

Des Moines Marathon

Drake Half-Marathon

Friedrich's World Coffees (Urbandale)

The Regatta Inn (Clear Lake)

 

Upcoming Performance(s)

Friday, March 4, 2016, 6 to 9 p.m., Private Party, Johnston, IA.

Friday, March 11, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA.

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon, CoffeeCat, 111 South Delaware, Mason City, IA.

Saturday, March 26, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., Friedrich's Coffee, 4632 N.W.86th Street, Urbandale, IA.

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3 to 6 p.m., Annelise Winery, 15110 Highway 92, Indianola, IA.

Friday, April 8, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 5 p.m,  Uptown Bill's Coffee House, 730 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA.  John joines a huge roster of performers in a weekend-long celebration of Bill Sackter's 103rd birthday

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m., VA Community Center, 3800 30th Street, Bldg. 12, Des Moines, IA.

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon, Saints Rest Coffee House, 917 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 3 to 4:30 p.m., John Burns' Spectacular 60th Birthday Concert, Des Moines Community Playhouse, 832 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA

Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit, Street, Marshalltown, IA.

Friday, May 13, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, May 28, 2916, 7 to 9 p.m., Friedrich's Coffee, 4632 N.W. 86th Street, Urbandale, IA

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Black Forge Coffee House, 1206 Arlington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 5 to 7 p.m., Pioneer Mill of Tiffin, 255 Riverside Drive, Tiffin,OH. John returns for one evening to a venue he played for three weeks 39 years earlier with Baby Lester and the Buggybumpers.

Friday, June 10, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6 to 8 p.m., private party, Ramada Tropics Resort/Conference Center, 5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 7 to 9 p.m., Uptown Bill's Coffee House, 730 South Dubuque Street, Iowa CIty, IA

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines,IA

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Chocolaterie Stam, 2814 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 

Friday, July 8, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 7 a.m. to noon, Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market, Court Avenue and Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m. Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Chocolaterie Stam, 2814 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m., Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 10 to 10:45 a.m.,  Susan Knapp Ampitheater, Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m., Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA.

Friday, September 9, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m., Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Firehouse Flea, Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry, Des Moines, IA.  The flea market runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Live entertainment and great art all day long.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m., Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA

Friday, September 30, 2016, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Windsor Heights Yappy Hour, WIndsor Heights Dog Park (Just South of Colby Park), WIndsor Heights, IA

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 8 a.m. to Noon, Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market, Court Avenue and Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA.

Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA.

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 8:30 to noon, IMT Des Moines Marathon, John performs for marathon runners coming and going in front of Butler House on Grand Avenue, across from the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 4 to 7 p.m., Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market, 26th Street South of University, Des Moines, IA.

Friday, November 11, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., Art on the Prairie, Downtown Perry, IA.  Regional Iowa artists and acoustic musicians display their work in various locations throughout downtown Perry on Saturday and Sunday.  John Burns performs Saturday at 11 a.m. at Citizen Bank and at 3 p.m. at La Poste..

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Palek Studio and Gallery, Gallery Night, 506 E. 6th Street, Des Moines, IA

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 4 to 6 p.m.,  Uptown Bill's Coffee Shop, 730 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA.  John plays on New Year's Eve for the first time in 40 years.

"Mt. Helix", written by John Burns on the then-brand new Korg Triton

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