2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

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Congratulations to the 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Champions!!!

Solo/Duo Champion: Tina & Brandon

Solo/Duo Runner up: Eastside Brothers

Solo/Duo 3rd place: Dan Peart

Band Champion: Mother Ship Blues Band

Band Runner up: Zach Harris Band

Band 3rd place: Wooden Nickel Lottery


The preliminary rounds are complete and 6 Iowa Blues acts are now in preparation to throw down for the crown of 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Champion on Saturday, May 16th at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott.  The doors will open at 5:30 pm and admission is $10.  Members of any Iowa Blues Society can enjoy a $2 discount IF they display a current membership card.  Approximate performance times are as follows:

6:30-7:00 Eastside Brothers Des Moines Solo/Duo winner
7:15-7:45 Dan Peart Quad Cities Solo/Duo winner
8:00-8:30 Tina & Brandon Fairfield Solo/Duo winner
8:45-9:15 Mother Ship Blues Band Des Moines Band winner
9:30-10:00 Wooden Nickel Lottery Newton Band winner
10:15-10:45 Zach Harris Band Quad Ciities Band winner

2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Prize Package:

1st place Solo/Duo:  $250 cash prize, 8 hours recording time courtesy of Junior’s Motel, opportunities for paid performances, including: 2016 Winter Blues Fest & 2016 Bottoms Up Blues Bash, among others, and entry into & $300 travel expenses for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.

2nd place Solo/Duo:  $150 cash prize

3rd place Solo/Duo:  $100 cash prize

1st place Band:  $500 cash prize, 8 hours recording time courtesy of Junior’s Motel, opportunities for paid performances, including: 2015 Parks Area Sweet Corn Day festival, 2016 Winter Blues Fest & 2016 BBQ’Loo & Blues Too! festival, among others, and entry into & $1200 travel expenses for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.

2nd place Band:  $300 cash prize

3rd place Band:  $200 cash prize

(Additional prizes may be made available at local levels.  Prize package subject to change based on circumstances outside the control of the Central Iowa Blues Society)

Thanks to the sponsors of the 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge: