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2014 Winter Blues Fest

2014 Winter Blues Fest

WINTER BLUES FEST is February 8, 2014 • 10 ACTS ON 6 DIFFERENT STAGES! Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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Protected: Minutes – Dec 2013

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Protected: Minutes – Nov 2013

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Protected: Minutes – Oct 2013

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2014 International Blues Challenge

2014 International Blues Challenge

Make plans now to join us in Memphis, January 21 through the 25th, for the 30th International Blues Challenge! Best of luck to our Iowa competitors CHAD ELLIOTT & BONITA CROWE (solo/duo) and the ROCK ISLAND ROLLERS (band).

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Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Calling all Blues Bands! Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has celebrated unsigned blues artists through a competition called the “Best Self-Produced CD” of the year… DEADLINE OCTOBER 15, 2013!

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Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang at M-Shop on Jan 31

Legendary blues tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw began playing at early age. During his teens he traveled around his home state of Mississippi playing nightclubs, schools, and dances and jamming with bands such as Ike Turner’s and Guitar Slim’s. In 1957, […]

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Protected: Minutes – Sep 2013

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Protected: Minutes – Aug 2013

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R.I.P. Big Mike Edwards

R.I.P. Big Mike Edwards

We received the sad news that, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Member, “Big Mike” Edwards, 63, died on August 13, 2013. Our hearts go out to all Big Mike’s loved ones. A memorial concert will be held to honor Big Mike’s life on August 24, 2013 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in downtown Des Moines…

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2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

Photos from the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

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21st Bowlful of Blues - Aug 31

21st Bowlful of Blues – Aug 31

Mark your calendars, Saturday, August 31st beginning at noon at the Maytag Park in Newton Iowa we will have a 21 year birthday party! Tell your friends. As South Skunk Blues Society member Mike Pender puts it… “Were gonna party […]

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25th Rollin' on the River - Aug 16 & 17

25th Rollin’ on the River – Aug 16 & 17

This in from our friends in Keokuk, Iowa…. Planning for the 25th Rollin’ on the River Festival, August 16 & 17th 2013 is well underway. We’ve done our best to amp it up for this quarter of a century milestone […]

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2013 Iowa Blues Challenge - Solo/Duo

2013 Iowa Blues Challenge – Solo/Duo

August 4, 2013 at Zimms on Ingersoll in Des Moines. The winner receives $250 cash plus $300 in travel expense to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge! Solo/Duo entrants include; Chad Elliot w/Bonita Crow, Curry & Red, Frank Strong, and JeffCo.

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Protected: Minutes – Jul 2013

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