2017 Iowa Blues Challenge

Preliminary Rounds

  • Saturday July 8 @ Depot Brewery, Fairfield
    Fairfeild IABC Solo/Duo Preliminary
  • Sunday July 9th @ Oakland Acres Golf & Country Club, Newton
    Newton IABC Band Preliminary
  • Sunday July 16 @ Zimms, Des Moines
    IABC Solo/Duo Preliminary
  • Thursday July 20 @ Lefty’s, Des Moines
    IABC Band Preliminary

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

  • Saturday Sept 16 @ Des Moines Social Club
    IABC Finals

The Central Iowa Blues Society is now accepting applications for the 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge, open to all Iowa-based blues bands and solo/duo acts.  Preliminary rounds will be held in Des Moines, hosted by the Central Iowa Blues Society in the Band and Solo/Duo categories, in Rock Island, hosted by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in the Band and Solo/Duo categories, in Grinnell, hosted by the South Skunk Blues Society in the Band category and in Fairfield, hosted by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society in the Solo/Duo category.  The winners from each preliminary will advance to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Des Moines Social Club and vie for a prize package including cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs and entry into the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, along with a travel stipend.

The application deadline is midnight, Sunday, June 11th,  No exceptions.

Entries involving individuals who have participated in the International Blues Challenge previously be sure to consult the Blues Foundation’s Affiliate Challenge Booklet as there are new restrictions with respect to cumulative participations in the IBC. Any questions about participation or applications can be directed to IABC Co-chairs Scott Allen (prez@cibs.org) or Jeff Duskin (jeeff@cibs.org).

DOWNLOAD BLUES FOUNDATION AFFILLIATE CHALLENGE BOOKLET

DOWNLOAD 2017 IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE RULES AND SAMPLE BALLOT

DOWNLOAD 2017 IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE APPLICATION

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly Sponsored by:

Budweiser

Summit Brewing

Junior’s Motel

Rieman Music

VividPix & Design

Des Moines Social Club

Iowa Public Radio

Mississippi Valley Blues Society

South Skunk Blues Society

Southeast Iowa Blues Society

and presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society