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  • Friday - Jun 22, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Sunday - Jun 24, 2018 @ 2:00pm
    Snus Hill Winery, Madrid, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Sunday - Jun 24, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    The 44's

    Opening performance by Patrick Recob & the Perpetual Luau All Stars!
    DOORS AT 6PM - SHOW AT 7PM


    Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music.The 44’s are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances and in the making of their Sophomore album Americana, on the Rip Cat label, demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide. Prepare to do some hip-shakin'!!!

  • Tuesday - Jun 26, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Vino 209, 209 5th St, West Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace - Solo

  • Thursday - Jun 28, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    The Whiskey House, Ankeny, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Friday - Jun 29, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Jun 29, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music
    Anthony Gomes

    DOORS AT 7PM // SHOW AT 8PM


    Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. Download a FREE ALBUM from ANTHONY GOMES at: www.freegomesalbum.com

    A very talented guitarist... and where did that voice come from?
    ~ B.B. King

  • Saturday - Jun 30, 2018 @ 6:30pm
    Sam & Gabe's, Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA
    Bob Pace - Solo

  • Friday - Jul 6, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Jul 6, 2018 @ 5:00pm
    LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA
    Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

  • Saturday - Jul 7, 2018 @ 1:00pm
    LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA
    Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

  • Sunday - Jul 8, 2018 @ 1:00pm
    The Cellar at White Oak, Cambridge, IA
    Reds Whites & BLUES Fest

    PERFORMANCES BY
    Heath Alan
    James Biehn
    Malcolm Wells & the Two Timers
    The Bel Airs

  • Monday - Jul 9, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, 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 after the meeting!

  • Wednesday - Jul 11, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Cadillac Jack's, Baxter, IA
    Blue 88

  • Friday - Jul 13, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Jul 13, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Shannon Curfman Band

  • Saturday - Jul 14, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Wednesday - Jul 18, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Cadillac Jack's, Baxter, IA
    Big Al & the Heavyweights

  • Friday - Jul 20, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Jul 20, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    The Lyon, East Village, Des Moines, IA
    Cindy Grill & Alan Smith

  • Friday - Jul 20, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

  • Sunday - Jul 22, 2018 @ 6:30pm
    Wooly's, 504 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA
    Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl

    Doors at 5:30 - Show at 6:30
    Opening Performance by Bob Pace

  • Friday - Jul 27, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Saturday - Jul 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm
    Ft Dodge, IA
    Blues Under the Trees

  • Sunday - Jul 29, 2018 @ 3:00pm
    Summerset Winery, Indianola, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Wednesday - Aug 1, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Cadillac Jack's, Baxter, IA
    Mark Avey Band

  • Friday - Aug 3, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Saturday - Aug 4, 2018 @ 5:00pm
    Fairfield, IA
    Blue Ribbon Blues Fest

  • Friday - Aug 10, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Aug 10, 2018 @ 6:30pm
    Snus Hill Winery, Madrid, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Saturday - Aug 11, 2018 @ 7:30pm
    Big Al's BBQ, 1810 Army Post Rd, DM
    Major Blues and the Mugshots

  • Saturday - Aug 11, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Sunday - Aug 12, 2018 @ 3:00pm
    Prairie Moon Winery, Ames, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Sunday - Aug 12, 2018 @ 7:30pm
    Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
    Curtis Salgado

    DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 -- SHOW AT 7:30


    Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado’s earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. Guitarist Alan Hager has been wowing fellow musicians from his hometown of Portland, Oregon and beyond for decades. Hager has been jamming with Salgado since 2003, and joined his band full-time in 2015. Together, the two blues fans and friends took time out of their busy touring schedule to record Rough Cut, a stripped-down album featuring a potent mix of newly written, timeless originals and carefully chosen blues covers. “We did it for the love of the music,” says Salgado. “This is where our hearts are. These are deep songs that we love to play.”

    That love comes through loud and clear on Rough Cut. Produced by Salgado and Hager, the 13 songs on the album (including six originals) range from plaintive to playful. Recorded in one live unrehearsed take, the original I Will Not Surrender, with its haunting and sparse soundscape, showcases some of Hager’s strongest guitar work, and some of the most profoundly emotive vocals Salgado has ever laid down. The canine-lover’s anthem, I Want My Dog To Live Longer (The Greatest Wish), is already a huge fan favorite. Salgado’s soulful singing and Hager’s elegant slide guitar playing shine on Elmore James’ You Got To Move and Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied. “He’s the best player in the business, unlike anybody else,” Salgado says of Hager. “One reason I made this record was to show him off.”

    For additional information see www.curtissalgado.com

  • Monday - Aug 13, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Zimm's Food & Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll, 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 after the meeting!

  • Friday - Aug 17, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Sunday - Aug 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Zimm's Food & Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA
    Iowa Blues Challenge - SOLO/DUO Preliminary

  • Wednesday - Aug 22, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps

    DOORS AT 6PM // SHOW AT 7PM


    Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.

    Teresa James is a true original. When she sings you can feel it in your bones." ~ Levon Helm, The Band

    Teresa James has a voice that comes from deep down in the soul, as real and authentic as it gets When she sings, you know she means it." ~ Graham Clarke for Blues Bytes

    I haven't heard pipes of this caliber in a long time... this is an amazing body of work...this lady has star written all over her." ~ James "the Blueshound" Nagel KPFT Houston

  • Friday - Aug 24, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Friday - Aug 24, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    The Lyon, East Village, Des Moines, IA
    Cindy Grill & Alan Smith

  • Sunday - Aug 26, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Iowa Blues Challenge - BAND Preliminary

  • Friday - Aug 31, 2018 @ 4:30pm
    Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA
    Bob Pace & The Dangerous Blues Band

  • Wednesday - Sep 5, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Cadillac Jack's, Baxter, IA
    Tom Buckmiller & the Tone Tailors

  • Thursday - Sep 6, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    The Whiskey House, Ankeny, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Saturday - Sep 8, 2018 @ 5:00am
    DM Social Club, 900 Mulberry, Des Moines, IA
    Iowa Blues Challenge FINALS

  • Saturday - Sep 8, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Sunday - Sep 9, 2018 @ 2:00pm
    Snus Hill Winery, Madrid, IA
    Butter Cow Blues Band

    FREE event sponsored by The Central Iowa Blues Society

  • Monday - Sep 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, 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 after the meeting!

  • Wednesday - Sep 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Cadillac Jack's, Baxter, IA
    Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin Altar Boys

  • Friday - Sep 21, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin Altar Boys

  • Sunday - Sep 23, 2018 @ 2:00pm
    Snus Hill Winery, Madrid, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Saturday - Sep 29, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Davy Knowles

    DOORS AT 7PM // SHOW AT 8PM


    BLUES/ROCK/ROOTS - Born and raised on the Isle Of Man on a healthy diet of British blues-rock, both American and British folk music, and anything else he could get his hands on, guitarist and singer Davy Knowles has an eclectic take on Blues/Rock, and has established himself as a major artist in the genre.

    Between his original band ‘Back Door Slam’ and solo projects, Davy has released 4 full-length studio albums (with 3 of them hitting the top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts), 2 EP’s, 2 live albums, a folk music film documentary ‘Island Bound’, and an ever-growing catalogue of live ‘Official Bootlegs’, available for download on davyknowles.com.

    My favorite modern bluesman” – Joe Satriani

    Knowles plays the blues with the sincerity of someone twice his age” – Daniel Erikkson, Gibson Top 10 Modern Blues Guitarists

  • Saturday - Oct 6, 2018 @ 2:00pm
    Penoach Winery, Adel, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Monday - Oct 8, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    TBA
    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 after the meeting!

  • Saturday - Oct 13, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
    Grand Marquis

    DOORS AT 7PM -- SHOW AT 8PM


    Presented by Central Iowa Blues Society and Noce

  • Saturday - Oct 13, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Sunday - Oct 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Blues Caravan • Zito • Sky • Allison

    DOORS AT 6PM // SHOW AT 7PM


    This is no ordinary club tour... this is Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2018 featuring Bernard Allison, Mike Zito, and Vanja Sky! If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.

    Traditionally, the Blues Caravan lineup has showcased the label’s breaking talent giving fans a chance to catch the blues titans of tomorrow before they go ‘BOOM’. But in 2018, it’s time to mix things up. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation.

    Ruf’s tireless dedication to the blues means it hunts far beyond the US and UK for its new signings – and the label has struck gold with Croatian gunslinger Vanja Sky. Channelling the fire and flair of Rory Gallagher, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, this 23-year-old hot-tip has already broken out in her home country and bordering Balkan States. Now, with her highly anticipated debut studio album due for release in January 2018, Vanja is planting her flag in Europe and North America as the junior partner on the Blues Caravan. “I’m very excited to play on the Blues Caravan 2018,” she says, “and looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and sharing my music with them. My shows are filled with great energy and I always give everything when I’m on stage. I’m gonna play songs from my debut album, and also some cover songs – so people can definitely expect some great music and fun.”

    Some surnames command instant respect on the blues scene. As the son of the mighty Luther Allison – the late Chicago blues titan who was Ruf’s first signing back in 1994 – Bernard Allison has added to the family legend and carved out his own mythology as a world-class songwriter and performer. For this year’s Blues Caravan, he’ll be drawing on an acclaimed back catalogue that includes 1997’s US debut Keepin’ The Blues Alive and 2000’s classic Born With The Blues, and slipping between genres as only a master can. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Caravan,” says Bernard. “My show is all about sharing my musical talent and presenting different styles like blues, rock and funk. There’ll be lots of energy, because I feed off of my fans and love interacting with them on and off stage. You can expect a fun time – the Allison way!”

    If you’re remotely serious about modern blues, you’ll have followed the twists and turns of Mike Zito’s fascinating career. The Missouri-born bandleader overcame his crippling early addictions to become one of modern America’s sharpest songwriters, and few artists have written with such stark eloquence as he did on 2011’s Greyhound album. In 2012, Mike threw us a curveball, lining up alongside Devon Allman and Cyril Neville as a key member of Royal Southern Brotherhood – and went on to stay with the supergroup for two critically feted albums. But the call of his own muse was too strong, and in 2014, Mike burst straight back into his solo career with Keep Coming Back and Make Blues Not War. “I have long wanted to join the Blues Caravan and run away, so I’m excited,” he says. “My shows are energetic and passionate: I try hard to give everything I’ve got and make every note count. You can expect rocking blues guitar, with a dose of soul vocals, and a mix of my best songs.”

  • Thursday - Nov 8, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    The Whiskey House, Ankeny, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

  • Saturday - Nov 10, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Monday - Nov 12, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    TBA
    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 after the meeting!

  • Saturday - Dec 8, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Greenwood Lounge, 3707 Ingersoll, DM
    Jeff Banks Band

  • Monday - Dec 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    TBA
    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 after the meeting!

  • Friday - Feb 1, 2019 @ 5:00pm
    Des Moines, IA
    25th Winter Blues Fest - FRIDAY

  • Saturday - Feb 2, 2019 @ 5:00pm
    Des Moines, IA
    25th Winter Blues Fest - SATURDAY