Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events
SUNDAY – APR 8, 2018 @ 5:00PM
Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration
The Central Iowa Blues Society will celebrate the 2018 class of IOWA BLUES HALL of FAME inductees in a ceremony taking place at at Noce’ in Des Moines on April 8. Sumpin’ Doo! is the host band. Food by the Flying Mango. The class of 2018 includes; Vicki Price, Jay Sieleman, Ardie Dean Strutzenberg, Scot Sutherland, and Jeff Taylor. SOLD OUT
MONDAY – APR 9, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting – Matt Woods
CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting!
SATURDAY – APR 14, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
The Bel Airs
Special Opening Performance by The Soul Searchers
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, The Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf and Johnny Cash.
Performing together for more than 20 years, the Pruitt brothers’ harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene–leading one reviewer to refer to them as the “Everly Brothers of Blues”. David’s “big guitar” and Dick’s howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.
SUNDAY – APR 22, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Too Slim & the Taildraggers roared out of Spokane, Washington in 1986 like a man with his hair on fire. The virtuoso guitarist, passionate singer and poetic songwriter remains possessed to play the blues his way with blockbusting power and the talent to create timeless music like his life depended on it.
If it is possible to be a natural-born guitarist, Langford fits the description.” ~ Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine
Further on up the road…
Albert Castiglia 5/6/18
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal 5/11/18
Badass Blues Broads w/ Lisa Mann • Annie Mack • Avey Grouws 6/1/18
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 7/20/18
Johnny Rawls 7/29/18
Reverend Raven 9/21/18
Plus more in the works!
NOTE: CIBS members receive their discount at the door when checking in at the venue. The discounts are a members only benefit and does not apply to tickets purchased for non-members. Become a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society HERE ->
The Central Iowa Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools program for 2018 is being presented at Hoover High and its feeder schools with the main focus being five elementary schools – Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th.
We are proud to announce Kevin “BF” Burt as our Blues In The Schools clinician. Kevin recently represented Iowa in the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee where he took a record-breaking three top prizes. In addition to winning first place in the Solo/Duo category, he also won the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player and the Best Solo/Duo Guitarist.
Burt is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators–an honor given to him by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in February of 2009. Kevin is a registered artist and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple, education through entertainment. His program has been going strong since 1994. Burt plans to continue this work as well as his community work with children and the arts.
A huge Blues thank you to Scott Davis, Ryan Rowley, and Maureen Griffin for their support at the schools level. Also the support and sponsorship from the Des Moines Public Schools, Stoney Creek Inn, Vanessa Howell, Community Partnership Coordinator, and Kelly Kretschmer, Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator.
Tax-deductible donations to support CIBS education programs can be made online at www.cibs.org or by mailing a check to: Central Iowa Blues Society, PO Box 13016, Des Moines, IA 50310.
Congratulations Bob Dorr!
Rep Scott Ourth, Carolyn Dorr, and Bob Dorr
Bob Dorr was honored at the Iowa state capitol March 26 for his long career in music and broadcasting in Iowa. The Iowa House and Senate passed resolutions recognizing Dorr as a cultural icon. House Resolution 108 by Ourth reads:
A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE LIFE AND WORK
OF MUSICIAN AND RADIO BROADCASTER BOB DORR
WHEREAS, Bob Dorr is a renowned Iowa bandleader, musician, and radio show host, whose career spans over forty years; and
WHEREAS, Bob Dorr began his career in music broadcasting on October 2, 1972, as an undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa, and student broadcaster for the KUNI radio station; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Dorr has been a bandleader for over 40 years, with over 36 years leading, singing, and playing harmonica at the head his beloved Blue Band, which has traversed the nation and recorded twenty-five albums, and has performed for 34 years at the Iowa State Fair; and
WHEREAS, Bob Dorr has hosted radio shows on Iowa Public Radio spanning every genre from classical to rock and blues to folk, including shows such as Progression, Folkways 1, Folkways 2, and Collage; and continues to host “Blue Avenue” for the eighth year, “Beatles Medley” for the fortieth year, and the iconic “Backtracks” for the thirty-eighth year; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Dorr was twice inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, first for his radio career in 2000, and then for his role as leader of the Blue Band in 2007, and also was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Quad Cities Blues Hall of Fame on March 11, 2018; NOW THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives hereby recognizes and commends Bob Dorr as an Iowa icon and extends its profound gratitude for his lifelong dedication to, and uncommon impact on, the cultural landscape and history of the state of Iowa. Let the people of Iowa always remember and appreciate his generous and prodigious contribution in the form of musical composition, live music performance, artistic entrepreneurship, and radio broadcasting.
Sumpin Doo! Saturdays
We are happy to report that Sumpin Doo! is back at it for some very limited engagements. Catch them LIVE at the Hawkeye Elks (1401 Walker Street in Des Moines) from 4-7PM on April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 21. Check out the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame display while you’re there!
2018 WBF Musician’s Swap Meet
On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Frank Strong hosted the first Musician’s Swap Meet at the CIBS Winter Blues Fest. The event took place in the Waterloo Room of the downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The swap meet was open to musicians and those aspiring to become musicians. The equipment available for sale and trade included guitar amps, guitars, bass guitars, PA speakers, music CDs, and much, much more.
About 25 folks stopped by to shop and ask questions. We had six bass players stop by. The bass players outnumbered other musicians by far. Both local folks and out-of-towners visited the swap meet.
After the swap meet, Andy Cohen, the presenter at the Blues guitar workshop stopped by for an impromptu jam session.
Many thanks to John Lee Egan, a CIBS member from Huxley, who helped before, during, and after the swap meet. ~ Frank Strong
Catfish Keith Feature Interview
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame member, Catfish Keith, was featured in the March 15 issue of Blues Blast Magazine. Check out what he’s been up to in the interview with Don Wilcock HERE ->>
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