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

  • Friday - Aug 17, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City, IA
    John D’Amato

  • 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

  • Thursday - Aug 23, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Des Moines Botanical Garden
    The Tighten Up

  • 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

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

  • Saturday - Sep 1, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Flatted Fifth, 300 Potter Drive, Bellevue, IA
    Patrick Recob & the Perpetual Luau All-Stars

  • Sunday - Sep 2, 2018 @ 12:00pm
    Maytag Park, Newton, IA
    Bowlful of Blues

    Shaun Murphy // Hector Anchondo // Grady Champion // Avey Grouws Band // Flash In A Pan // The Blues 2

  • 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 @ 5:00pm
    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!

  • Thursday - Sep 13, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Des Moines Botanical Garden
    Kevin "BF" Burt

  • 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 featuring Westside Andy

    DOORS AT 7PM // SHOW AT 8PM

  • Saturday - Sep 22, 2018 @ 11:00am
    Copper Creek Lake Park, Pleasant Hill, IA
    Art on the Lake Festival

    Featuring Dewey Cantrell, Bob Pace Band, and Hot Tamale & the Redhots

  • 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

  • Sunday - Oct 7, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Lowe Park Amphitheater, Marion, IA
    Savoy Brown

  • 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 • Venable • 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 borders for its new signings – and the label has struck gold with Lone Star State Powerhouse Ally Venable. Ally Venable, started singing at an early age in church and then in recent years picked up the guitar and found her passion establishing herself as a Texas Blues Guitar Slinger.

    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

  • Sunday - Nov 11, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
    Bruce Katz

    DOORS @ 5PM // SHOW @ 6PM
    $20 ($15 CIBS Members)

  • 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 - Nov 17, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling

    DOORS @ 7PM // SHOW @ 8PM

  • Friday - Nov 23, 2018 @ 8:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Danielle Nicole Band

    DOORS @ 7PM // SHOW @ 8PM

  • 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