2018 Winter Blues Fest

2018 Winter Blues Fest

Information

Admissions & Will Call – 1st Floor
(Open 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday)
Volunteer Check-In – 2nd Floor
Merchandise – 3rd Floor

Friday, Feb 9 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 5:00-6:15
6:30-7:30
Bryce Janey


Dubuque Room
3rd Floor
7:00-8:30 Eric Jerardi


9:00-11:00 Anthony Gomes


Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
7:30-9:00 Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys


9:30-11:30  Jason Ricci


Saturday Afternoon Extras!

Guitar Workshop with Andy Cohen
Des Moines Room
3rd Floor 1-3PM
Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” Everyone is welcome! 

Musicians Swap Meet
Waterloo Room
3rd Floor 1-4PM
All are invited to bring music equipment for sale or swap. Guitars, amps, drums, pedals, etc… Hosted by Frank Strong
frank@frankstrong.net

Saturday, Feb 10 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 4:00-5:30
6:00-7:00
Kevin “BF” Burt
Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner


7:30-9:00 Andy Cohen


Rock River Lounge
2nd floor
5:30-6:30
7:00-8:00
Aaron Earl Short


Salon D
2nd floor
5:00-6:30 Rex Granite Band w/Sarah Benck
Nebraska Blues Challenge Winner


7:00-9:00 Heath Alan Band


9:30-11:30 Ken Valdez
Minnesota Blues Challenge Winner


Salon E
2nd floor
5:30-7:00
7:30-8:30
Taylor Smith Band
Kansas City Blues Challenge Winner


9:00-10:30
11:00-12:00
Avey/Grouws Band
Iowa Blues Challenge Band Winner


Dubuque Room
3rd floor
5:00-6:30 Malcolm Wells & the Two-Timers


7:00-9:00 Kilborn Alley Blues Band


9:30-10:30 Scotty & the Wingtips


10:30-??? OPEN JAM


Des Moines Room
3rd floor
6:00-7:30 Amanda Fish Band


8:00-9:30 Grand Marquis


10:00-11:30 Steepwater Band


12:00-1:30 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal


 

Where: Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

 

Lodging

MARRIOTT HOTEL

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
Blues Fest Group Rate of $125 is available for a limited
number of rooms. Book online HERE or call 515-245-5500


RENAISSANCE DES MOINES SAVERY HOTEL

401 Locust St, Des Moines  IA  50309
Blues Fest Group Rate of $129 is available for a
limited 
number of rooms. Book online HERE


HYATT PLACE DES MOINES/DOWNTOWN

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Blues Fest Group Rate of $139 is available for a
limited 
number of rooms. Book online HERE

Iowa Blues Artist wins at the 34th International Blues Challenge!

Iowa City blues musician Kevin B.F. Burt was the winner of the Solo/Duo competition at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC), presented by the Blues Foundation, on Saturday evening.  In addition, he won the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award for Most Promising Acoustic Act.  Kevin was among 235 bands & solo/duo acts from around the world entered into the 5 day event on Beale Street, which in addition to the IBC competition, also features an International Showcase, a Youth Showcase and the annual Keeping the Blues Alive awards.

Kevin got the opportunity to participate in the IBC by virtue of winning the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC) Solo/Duo competition in September, presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society in Des Moines and co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in Davenport, the South Skunk Blues Society in Newton and the Southeast Iowa Blues Society in Fairfield.  (In 2018 the Linn County Blues Society in Cedar Rapids will also be an IABC co-sponsor.)

This was Kevin’s second opportunity to participate in the IBC.  In 1995, he and his band the Blues Instigators represented the Central Iowa Blues Society at what was known then as the International Blues Talent Competition

Videos of Kevin’s preliminary round performances on Wednesday & Thursday nights at Lew’s Blue Note Bar & Grill, his semi-finals performance on Friday at Peoples on Beale and his finals performance on Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre can be seen on the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/centraliowabluessociety/

The Iowa entry in the Band category, the Avey Grouws Band – Jeni Grouws from Decorah and Chris Avey, Bryan West, Randy Leasman and Andrew Durham from the Quad Cities, advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated.

The Redwoods, a youth act from Omaha/Council Bluffs was sponsored by CIBS in the Youth Showcase.

More about the International Blues Challenge HERE ->>

 

2018 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

The Central Iowa Blues Society announces the IOWA BLUES HALL of FAME CLASS of 2018!

  • Vicki Price
  • Jay Sieleman
  • Ardie Dean Strutzenberg
  • Scot Sutherland
  • Jeff Taylor

Save the date Sunday, April 8, 2018! The induction ceremony will be held at at Noce’ 1326 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW HERE

More details coming soon…

2018 Botanical Blues

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Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest. All concerts run from 2 – 4 p.m. every Sunday from January through March.

2018 Botanical Blues Concerts

Jan. 7: Bob Pace
Jan. 14: Scott Davis and John Mattingly
Jan. 21: Cindy Grill and Alan Smith
Jan. 28: J.D. Flanagan and Pat Hemann
Feb. 4: Brian “Taz” Grant
Feb. 11: Brad “bebad” McCloud
Feb. 18: Eastside Brothers
Feb. 25: The Blue 2: Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen
March 4: Brian Holtz and Grover Kirkman
March 11: Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell
March 18 :Bryce Janey
March 25: Matt Woods

Concerts are free with cost of admission to the Botanical Garden.

Botanical Blues is a “Freight Train” Frank Strong Production.

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2018 Webster-Wagner Scholarship

The application period for the Webster-Wagner Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year opens on November 15, 2017 and continues until April 1, 2018. The $500 grant recipient will be announced on or about May 14, 2018.

DOWNLOAD THE WEBSTER-WAGNER SCHOLARSHIP FACT SHEET

Lynette Webster and Jeff Wagner have both been instrumental to the success of the Central Iowa Blues Society from its inception through its first 20 years.  Lynette represented CIBS as its President for nine years (1998-2001, 2004-2007, 2010-2013) in addition to eleven years in various other positions on the CIBS Board.  After having spent three years as CIBS Treasurer and three years as President, Jeff became the managing owner of Blues on Grand.  In that capacity, “Dr. Doubt” became ineligible to hold elected office in CIBS, however he continued to serve as Chair of the Finance & Fundraising committee until 2013.  Jeff is also a former member of the Blues Foundation Board of Directors.  In recognition of their years of service, and in culmination of a goal of the society since its inception, the Central Iowa Blues Society is proud to announce the establishment in 2013 of the Webster-Wagner Scholarship, a $500 annual grant to assist in the education of a young person showing an interest in or aptitude for America’s original musical art form, the blues.

International Blues Challenge #34 – Jan 16-20 2018


 

Congratulations to Kevin “BF” Burt (solo) and the Avey Grouws Band (band)! They will represent Iowa in Memphis at The Blues Foundation’s 34th International Blues Challenge. Join us in January where they will showcase their talent on Beale Street! Click HERE to learn more about the International Blues Challenge.

CIBS 25th Anniversary Party!

Video & Photo Recap!

Sunday, October 22nd, we celebrated our 25th anniversary with some of Iowa’s very best blues on a perfect fall day at the Des Moines Social Club! Commemorative tees flew off the shelves along with lots of other cool merchandise. We processed gobs of membership renewals and signed up many new members. Each of the performances were recorded and there’s a strong possibility we’ll be releasing a 25th Anniversary CD… stay tuned for that. Media volunteers, Jay and Jen, were on hand to capture video and photos of the event. Check it out!



CIBS 25th Anniversary Party!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ The Des Moines Social Club
FREE EVENT!

Join us for a incredible day of celebrating CIBS 25th year with some of the very best blues Iowa has to offer. We’ll have brand new CIBS 25th Anniversary t-shirts, four food trucks, a great selection of beverages available, and more surprises. We’ll use the outdoor courtyard stage if weather permits. Alternately, we’ll use both inside stages.

THE MUSIC

  • Bob Pace Band
    (12 – 1:30)
  • The Soul Searchers
    (1:30 – 3:00)
  • Malcolm Wells & The Two Timers
    (3:00 – 4:30)
  • JC Anderson Band Revisited with JC, Doug Johnson, Terri Benson, Tom Murphy, and Scott Dawson
    (4:00 – 5:30)
  • Iowa Blues Hall of Fame All Star Band withBob Dorr, Dan “DJ” Johnson, Tom Giblin, Jeff Petersen, Del “Saxman” Jones,  and Sam Salomone
    (5:30 – 7:00)
  • All Star Finale Jam!
    (7 – 9)

PARKING

Plenty of FREE parking. Here’s a handy guide ->

 

2017 Iowa Blues Challenge

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

Saturday, September 16 – 5 pm @ Des Moines Social Club
Finals presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

SOLO / DUO

  • Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische (5:00-5:30)
  • Freight Train Frank Strong (5:45-6:15)
  • Kevin B.F. Burt (6:30-7:00) – WINNER

THE BANDS

  • Blue Scratch (7:15-7:45)
  • Avey Grouws Band (8:00-8:30) – WINNER
  • Hound Dog Shy (8:45-9:15)
Solo/Duo Preliminaries

Sunday, July 16 – 5 pm @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
Des Moines Prelim presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

$10 (or $5 for any current Iowa Blues Society member)

  • Friends & Neighbors (5:00 – 5:30)
  • Rob Lumbard (5:45-6:15)
  • Aaron Earl Short (6:30-7:00)
  • Kevin B.F. Burt (7:15-7:45) – finalist

Saturday, August 6 @ Rock Island Brewing Co
Quad Cities Prelim presented by Mississippi Valley Blues Society

  • Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische – finalist
  • Juliana Logan
  • Concreteslim

Fairfield Prelim presented by Southeast Iowa Blues Society

  • Freight Train Frank Strongwill advance to the IABC Solo/Duo Finals since there is only one participant in Fairfield 
Band Preliminaries

Thursday, July 20 – 7:30 pm @ Lefty’s Live Music
Des Moines Prelim presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

$10 (or $5 for any current Iowa Blues Society member)

  • Scotty & the Wingtips (7:30-8:00)
  • Avey Grouws Band (8:15-8:45) – finalist

Saturday, August 6 @ Rock Island Brewing Co
Quad Cities Prelim presented by Mississippi Valley Blues Society

  • Blue Scratch – finalist
  • Juliana & a Soul Purpose
  • Reggie & the Three Notes

Grinnell Prelim presented by South Skunk Blues Society

  • Hound Dog Shywill advance to the IABC Band Finals since there is only one participant in Grinnell

 

Freight Train Frank Strong

Friends & Neighbors

Aaron Earl Short

Rob Lumbard

 

Kevin “B.F.” Burt

Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische

Juliana Logan

Concreteslim

Hound Dog Shy

Scotty & the Wingtips

 

Avey Grouws Band

Juliana & A Soul Purpose

Reggie & the Three Notes

Blue Scratch

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly Sponsored by

Budweiser

Exile 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

SpringFest May 28 – FREE EVENT!

SUNDAY – MAY 28, 2017 @ 2:00PM – ADMISSION IS FREE!
Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, DM

2:00 – 3:00 / Rob Lumbard
3:30 – 5:00 / Amanda Fish
5:30 – 7:00 / The Bel Airs
7:30 – 9:00 / Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Come celebrate great music in a perfect setting at Jasper Winery, Memorial Weekend. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Wine from Jasper Winery, Beer from Madhouse Brewing, and BBQ and MORE from food vendors will be available to purchase.

(Please, DO NOT bring your own alcohol, it is against Iowa State Law. Any alcohol must be purchased from the winery.)

 


… a video playlist from the event
(from Jay Gilliam)