UPCOMING CENTRAL IOWA BLUES SOCIETY EVENTS
- FRIDAY – MAR 1, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Paul Nelson Band
Being blues/rock icon Johnny Winter’s hand-picked touring and recording guitarist is just one of the accolades held by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson who has also shared the world’s stages and/or recorded alongside Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth, Ben Harper, Joe Bonamassa and the list goes on.
Whether it’s headlining festivals, performing to packed houses at many of music’s most prestigious stages or iconic clubs like New York’s Iridum, Blue Note, 55 bar and BB Kings to London’s Astoria and Buddy Guy’s Legend’s in Chicago, Nelson’s guitar mastery and band in a live setting are the most impressive and unforgettable.With appearances on late night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, Nelson is known for his amazing tone and playing style by an ever growing legion of fans establishing him as one of today’s leading modern blues guitar trendsetters.
He’s a Great Guitar Player” – Buddy Guy
What else can we say about Paul Nelson except…Chops Deluxe.”– Guitar World Magazine
An a-list guitar player…one of the most technically dazzling players around today.”– Guitar Magazine
- MONDAY – MAR 11, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Hawkeye Elks Lodge, 1401 Walker St, Des Moines, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting
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 from Kevin BF Burt after the meeting!
- SATURDAY – MAR 23, 2019 @ 8:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Nick Schnebelen Band
Nick Schnebelen has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist. As founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot (TUF), Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the annual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today Nick performs with his own band, as does his sister Danielle, and brother Chris. The siblings still perform a few re-union shows as Trampled Under Foot. Now, Nick Schnebelen continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals, backed by a hot rock n blues band.
- SUNDAY – MAR 31, 2019 @ 6:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Michael Ledbetter Life Celebration and Fundraiser
$20 Suggested Donation (No CIBS Member rebate as this is a fundraiser) TIME IS TENATIVE :: Michael Ledbetter Life Celebration and Fundraiser hosted by the Danielle Nicole Band. Proceeds will go directly to the Michael David Ledbetter Family Fund to support the futures of the Ledbetter children–Holland and Little Michael. Other musical guests include; Butter Cow Blues Band, LA Jones Quartet & Adrianna Marie, and more to be announced…
Artists, Venues, and Promoters — we want to help spread the word and include your events on our online calendar. We have limited manpower to scour web sites, Facebook, and other sources to track down gigs… we need your HELP! Please email your dates and info to firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
Tickets available now at MIDWESTIX. Last year’s event was sold out in advance so don’t delay (V.I.P. tickets are sold out). Please contact Bryan Church at (515) 577-7749 or email@example.com with any questions.
25th Winter Blues Fest Recap
It was Super Bowl Weekend AND it was a Super Blues Weekend. CIBS 25th Winter Blues Fest Anniversary weekend to be exact. You might have rooted for your favorite football team, but apparently a LOT of enthusiastic fans were rooting for the BLUES.
Your CIBS leadership team, with “Captain Scott Allen” at the helm just might have shed some joyful tears due to our extraordinary wins February 1 and February 2. Months of planning and media promotions by the CIBS Administrators, Talent & Research, Committee Chairs, Production, and other Volunteers proved it so worth the effort. Attendance, membership, and merchandise sales (including the Confluence Winter Blues Helles Lager commemorative beer) reached all time highs! How about the many business sponsorships that gave support to present a top shelf event?
But SO importantly, heartfelt appreciation to the CIBS members who volunteered at the event and helped us run a tight ship. What would we do without you? THANK YOU to all who love the music, performed the music, and supported the event.
~ Deb Bodson, CIBS Production Chair
February 14-15, 2020
for Winter Blues Fest #26
Big thanks to CIBS 25th Winter Blues Fest media team… Jay Gilliam shot tons of video. Kit Lancaster, Paul Houston, and R.K. Anderson captured great photos. Jen Taylor and Kathryn Dickel (Midwestix) covered Social Media during the event. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and help promote our events!
Winter Blues Fest Tees
We thought we sold out of the WBF tees but now that the dust has settled we have found a few! We will have them available at membership meetings until they are gone.
Here is what’s left…
MENS – 4 Large, 5 X-Large
LADIES – 2 Small, 7 Medium, 1 Large
2019 Iowa Blues Challenge
Iowa Blues Acts – Are You Ready for the Challenge?
For its 26th year, the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC) is returning to its traditional spring time frame with preliminary round competitions scheduled in Fairfield on Saturday, April 27 at the Depot Brewery and in Des Moines on Sunday, April 28 at Zimm’s Food & Spirits and on Sunday, May 19 at Lefty’s Live Music. The winners of each preliminary in both the Solo/Duo and Band categories will advance to the 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Sunday, June 16 (Father’s Day – wouldn’t tickets be a great gift for Dad??) at the Des Moines Social Club. Finalists will compete for a prize package that includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2020 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee in January.
Iowa-based Blues acts wishing to participate in the Iowa Blues Challenge must submit their completed application, photo and biography, as specified in the Rules, to the IABC Chair by e-mail by the entry deadline of Sunday, April 7, 2019.
- Download the 2019 IABC Rules and Sample Ballot
- Download the 2019 IABC Application
- Download the Blues Foundation Affiliate Challenge Booklet
The 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge is sponsored by: Budweiser, Exile Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, Des Moines Social Club, VividPix & Design, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, and Central Iowa Blues Society.
CIBS Blues Education News
Let The Good Times Roll! And the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Blues Education Program is on a roll! Thank you, Nikki Hayter, Forest Avenue Library Supervisor and Dana Smith, Forest Avenue Library Librarian for their time and effort at the Central Iowa Blues Society’s 25th Winter Blues Fest. We just wrapped up confirming the dates for the first Crossroads: A Journey With The Blues education series. Schedule is below — all are Saturdays from 2-3pm.
- March 23rd
Tina Haase-Findlay & Rob Lumbard
Performance with storytelling
- June 8th
Aaron Earl Short
Performance with Participation
- July 27th
Student Harmonica giveaway with lessons
- August 24th
Blues History with Videos
Did you know the Forest Avenue Library CD collection contains the top 100 blues CDs? Get your library card out and check them out! WEBSITE ->
We have established communication with the Waukee Community School District and are working with the Director of Community Education, Jeff Longman to see how the CIBS education program can fit into their curriculum.
What comes to mind when you hear the two words “music therapy”? Is it going out to hear live music or hanging at home with a bottle of wine or even a cigar with whiskey and a CD? What I am talking about here is a program called Guitars For Vets. Their slogan reads, “They endure sniper attacks, RPG’s and roadside bombs. Yet, the thing that saves their life is a guitar.” We have been in contact with Matt Lloyd, the Director of the Iowa chapter of Guitars For Vets. Veterans that sign up for this program get ten, 30-minute lessons. At the completion of these lessons, the Veteran graduates and gets to keep the guitar that he took the lessons with. I learned of this organization through my work with the Cincinnati Blues Society. They have a local musician that became an ambassador for their local chapter. Some of the Veterans that graduate get to perform as an opening act at some of their festivals. The Cincy Blues Society also holds a fundraiser that helps purchase tickets for Veterans to their events. www.guitars4vets.org
We are still in communication with Bert Lowery, Food Service General Manager of the Urbandale Hy-Vee. This is where we want to establish their Market Grille as the recital location for the Hoover High School/Ankeny DMACC BITS program. This Market Grille has a nice size patio area that they are considering for the event with moving indoors as an option in case of inclement weather. Bert Lowery is meeting with the store director and will be getting back to me in the near future. I have contacted the journalism department at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. They had an enthusiastic response to covering Kevin Burt teaching the Blues at Scott Davis’s Rock History and Jazz History classes.
Thank you all for your continued support of this program!
~ Steve Vasquez
CIBS Education Chair
Scot Sutherland Blues Blast Feature Interview
Iowa Blues Hall of Famer, Scot Sutherland was featured in the
February 14 issue of Blues Blast Magazine! Check it out HERE
Out of the Blues Kitchen
Lower temps outside means higher appetites! What better way to beat the winter blues than with meatloaf! Everyone has a favorite recipe, I am not going to tread on that sacred ground. But, I can offer some tips, tricks and twists. I like to use half beef and half pork. All meatloaves must have Worcestershire. Whether you use bread crumbs, saltines, or oatmeal as your binder, it is up to you. One thing that is unique to my recipe is horseradish. One tablespoon of horseradish per pound of meat. This actually does not interfere with the flavor profile but it enhances it. Always sauté any vegetables you put in your loaf. Why? Because I said so. Do not bake your loaf in a bread loaf pan. While baking, this stews the loaf and makes for a soggy bottom loaf. No one wants a stewed soggy bottomed loaf.
Cover a baking rack with foil and pierce holes in it. The holes will drain off any fats and juices. Make a football shaped loaf. You want to maximize the surface of the loaf to get more caramelization which equals more flavor. At this point you can either place this over a cookie sheet or cook it outside on your grill. Hmmm, smoked meatloaf? Stuff your meatloaf with anything. I have stuffed with jalapeño poppers or even do a bacon weave, or both!
For the mashed potatoes you can go with the standard butter/cream/salt/pepper. My take is a little bit different. Add equal parts of butter and cream cheese. Make sure these are at room temp before adding to potatoes. Using the whip attachment on your mixer, start off slow, scraping down sides and raise speed until the taters are creamy, silky smooth. For the gravy, you can use any drippings if you baked in the oven or bits that stuck to the foil. Always use a flour/butter roux. Never use a slurry of corn starch. That is a no-no.
More tips, tricks and twists HERE … Have fun, go cook somethin’!
~ Steve Vasquez
CIBS Food & Drink Enthusiast
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Congrats to KFMG and Lefty’s Live Music on their Cityview Magazine’s Best of Awards! KFMG won for the ninth straight year as the “Best Radio Station”! Don T-Bone Erickson won “Best Voice that Turns You On”, and Marty Enslow won “Best Radio Personality”. Lefty’s Live Music won “Best Central Bar” and got and runner-up for “Best Place for Comedy”.
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