Performances and Concerts

Performances & Concerts:

High school girls perform Dutch songs and dances daily. Catch a performance at 11:15 am at north side of the Tulip Toren, 12:00 pm at the intersection of Franklin & Broadway and 6 pm at the Vermeer Windmill. Free.img_7582

Dutch Family Singers
Listen and watch Dutch songs and traditional dances in a variety of downtown locations throughout the day. Including performances at noon on north side of the Tulip Toren.

Meet Our Local Celebrities
Queen and Court, 10-11 am, Thurs & Fri in front of Vermeer Windmill; Dominie and Maria, 10:30-11:30 am, Thurs -Sat at the Scholte House; Wyatt Earp, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Thurs-Sat at the Earp House; Sinterklaas, 12:30-1:30 pm Thurs-Sat at the Scholte Church. Get your photo with local stars at one or our special “meet and greet” sessions!

Organ Recitals in the Dutch Tradition at Second Reformed Church – 1 block south of Downtown Pella
One block south of the square. In the tradition of Netherlands noontime organ recitals, Dr. Davis Folkerts presents a recital of classic organ music at noon each day of Tulip Time. Central College students and guest organists are also featured. All are welcome!

Pella High School Orchestra Strolling Strings (weather permitting)
Members of the Pella Community High School Orchestra perform Dutch songs and classical music on violin, viola, cello and bass. 10:30 am, North side of the Tulip Toren; 11:30 am Klokkenspel Courtyard or Memorial Building during Dutch Lunch. Free.

Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ
Delight to the sounds of the Barton Theatre Organ, brought to life in a forty-five minute program of music, some of which will be played as accompaniment to a short silent film! Performed by Pella’s very own Dr. Davis Folkerts, an accomplished organist and Professor Emeritus from the Music Department of Central College. At the Pella Opera House, 10:00 am on  Saturday only, $5.

Pella Opera House

Pella Opera House

Opera House Tours and Demo of the Barton Theatre Organ
Take a guided tour of the Pella Opera House to learn about this marvelous venue, built in 1900, renovated in 1990, and currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A brief organ demonstration will also be provided. 25 minute tour at 9:30 Friday only, $5.

The Blackwood Quartet
The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 in the hlls of Mississippi, with Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy’s oldest son, R.W. Blackwood. Since then, the group evolved and created the Blackwood Brothers. This memorable group won countless awards, sang thousands of concerts, and appeared on many television shows. The dedication of Roy, Doyle, James, and R.W. Blackwood continues today through the hearts and lives of the Blackwood Quartet. Performances at the Pella Opera House at 12:30 and 6:00 pm Thursday. Tickets: $12, $15 or $18.

The Reluctant Pioneer
New this year, the Opera House’s second floor will be transformed into Maria Scholte’s living room for this unique experience. The Reluctant Pioneer is a must see! A thoroughly enjoyable one-woman live production by Beverly Graves of Pella’s “first lady,” Maria Scholte. Catch an exciting glimpse of this important figure from Pella’s pioneer days. About 40 minutes long, this performance is held at 10:30 am on Thursday only at the Pella Opera House. $9.

Buddy and Beyond – History of Rock ‘n Roll Johnny Rogers Band
Johnny transports his audience back in time when you could go to your favorite malt shops with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands. His show begins with his portrayal of country music legend Johnny Cash. By his side is the legendary Tommy Allsup. Tommy played on more than 6,500 sessions and was Buddy Holly’s friend and lead guitarist from 1958-1959. He escaped death when flipping a coin with Ritchie Valens. Ritchie called heads and the rest is Rock ‘n Roll History. In the second show, Johnny will portray Elvis Presley re-creating his Sun Studio and early RCA years. The show will climax with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late great Buddy Holly. 12:30  pm Friday, 6 pm Saturday. Pella Opera House. Tickets: $12, $15 or $18.

Legends of Country Music –  Johnny Rogers Band
Legends of Country Music is a tribute to the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, George Strait, George Jones, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and many more. Johnny Rogers was born in Jackson, TN to parents who were born in the southern states of Kentucky and Tennessee. His father was a radio personality in the late 40s and early 50s, who crossed paths with some of the biggest legends of music history.

Evening Grandstand “Feesthouden” Shows:

Our evening grandstand show features special entertainment each night on the Tulip Toren stage from 7 pm until the Volks Parade begins.

Thursday: Bridge Worship
Bridge Worship, praise band from The Bridge Church of Ottumwa, is an exciting and passionate worship band with one focus: spirit-lead praise. Join us for worship as the community of Pella celebrates the faith that first brought its founders to America. The Bridge Church was planed in 2007 by Third Church of Pella and in 10 years has seen God move in incredible ways as we invite people into a life changing journey with Jesus!

Friday: Central College Jazz Combos
The Jazz Combos are a highly popular ensemble at Central College that bring a variety of musical styles to the stage. Each year looks and sounds a little different leading to dynamic display of vocal and instrumental music. Gabriel Espinosa, Central College combos director and associate professor of music says, “Working with combos is fantastic because we explore other styles of music. For me, all of them have value. Classical music has value. Jazz has value. Pop has value. Rock, Country, you name it. It just needs to be done right”. And the Jazz Combos do it right!

Saturday: Faculty Lounge
Faculty Lounge is Des Moines’ premier ten-piece, horn-driven, all-teacher, multi-hyphenated old school funk machine! On their first outing, they won the Polk City Battle of the Bands. Since then, they have been featured at the Des Moines Arts Fest, Valley Junction Farmers Market, Ingersoll LIVE!, the Cedar Rapids Freedom Fest Balloon Glow and more. Named as one of Des Moines best bands at Cityview’s Best of Des Moines, they have played for tens of thousands, including Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey!