B. JOHN BURNS, Songwriter (Des Moines music)
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, "Undefeated," send a note with your mailing address to
B. John Burns
P.O. Box 30035
Johnston, IA 50131
You may also order copies of "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 2013 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
The Village Bean Coffee Co.
Being There Coffee House (Altoona)
Crave Italian American
Saints Rest Coffee House (Grinnell)
Grounds for Celebration (Beaverdale)
House of Bricks (Songwriters' Night)
CoffeeCat (Mason City)
West Des Moines Elks Lodge
Linden Street Coffee House (Lamoni)
El Bait Shop
Blue Rock Cafe (Hudson, OH)
The Game Sports Bar
Cafeteria & Co. (Urbana, IL)
Rehab Bar and Grill
Green Grounds Cafe
Okobji Grill (Johnston)
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)
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
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)
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)
Starry Night Coffee House (Johnston)
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
Friedrich's World Coffees (Urbandale)
The Regatta Inn (Clear Lake)
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10 to 12 a.m., Linden Street Coffee House, 104 South Linden Street, Lamoni, IA, no cover.
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m., Annelise Winery, Highway 92, across from the Balloon Field, Indianola, IA, no cover.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA, no cover
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9 to 11 a.m. (and beyond), Saint's Rest Coffee House, 917 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA, no cover.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, noon to 12:45, Iowa State Fair, Bud Light Stage, Des Moines, IA.
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Green Grounds Cafe, 117 5th Street, Valley Junction, West Des Moines, IA, no cover.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA, no cover
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon, CoffeeCat, 111 South Delaware Ave., Mason City, IA, no cover.
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Chocolaterie Stam, 2814 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA, no cover.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m., Annelise Winery, Highway 92, across from the Balloon Field, Indianola, IA, no cover.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, Michael's Pizza, 2629 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA. John plays at Michael's during the Beaverdale Fall Festival.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m., Woody's Smoke Shack, 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines, IA, no cover
Friday, October 10, 2014, 5 p.m., Ritual Cafe, 13th Street between Grand and Locust, Des Moines, IA, no cover.
Sunday, October 19, 2014 , 8 a.m to Noon, Des Moines Marathon, Des Moines, IA.
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 a.m. to noon, Des Moines Farmers Market, 5th and Court, Des Moines, IA., no cover
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Art in the Heights, Windsor Heights Community and Events Center, 6900 School Street, Windsor Heights, IA, no cover.
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Art on the Prairie, Various locations in Perry, IA, no cover.
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 7 to 9 p.m., Uptown Bill's Coffee Shop, 730 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA, no cover
"Mt. Helix", written by John Burns on the then-brand new Korg Triton
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