Blues Calendar

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  • Saturday - Nov 17, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling

    DOORS @ 8PM // SHOW @ 9PM
    Chicago guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman down to his soul, a 30-year veteran of the city’s take-no-prisoners blues scene. Moss paid his dues gigging in Chicago’s rough and tumble West and South side blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city’s greatest blues luminaries. Blues Revue says, “Nick Moss is at the top of the blues world...ambitious and intense...He can play traditional blues with the best.” New Jersey’s Dennis Gruenling is considered among today’s best blues harmonica players. His high-energy, full-throttle playing has earned him comparisons to the late James Cotton. Living Blues says, “Dennis Gruenling is a contemporary harmonica master...impressive, genuine and fresh-sounding.”

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  • Sunday - Nov 18, 2018 @ 6:00pm
    Hawkeye Elks Lodge, 1401 Walker St, Des Moines, IA
    Blues On Grand Rewind feat. Johnny Rawls

    Admission is $15 dollars with a $5 discount to CIBS and Lodge members

  • Wednesday - Nov 21, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Lefty's Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
    So's Your Mother 3rd Annual Reunion

    Rob Lumbard • The Limestoners featuring Bob Dorr with
    special guest Pat Hayes (from Lamont Cranston Band)

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

    DOORS @ 7PM // SHOW @ 8PM -- Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records.

    "I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I'm reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I'm stretching out a lot more than I have previously."

    Nicole's distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation's 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot's bassist, now she can't imagine life without it.

    "When I started doing my solo thing," she continues, "someone asked me if I was gonna hire a bass player. No, of course not! I originally picked up the bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family band, but I really fell in love with it. It was a huge challenge, and it still is. But I really love being part of the groove and getting to sing on top of that. I had learned some stuff on acoustic guitar before I started playing bass, but I never really felt connected to it the way I do with the bass. It's empowering, walking onto a stage full of grown men who can play their asses off, and it's 'OK, I'm gonna play this bass, we're gonna do this, and it's gonna rock.'" Rounding out her band are longtime Danielle Nicole Band guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller, and her older brother Kris Schenebelen [Trampled Under Foot] on drums.

    "I think that it's a good time for the kind of thing I'm doing," she states. "From my years of playing blues festivals, I've seen that younger and younger audiences are getting into the blues. I think that people want to hear authentic music again."

  • Saturday - Nov 24, 2018 @ 9:00pm
    Good Times, Ankeny, IA
    Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

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

  • Monday - Dec 10, 2018 @ 7:00pm
    Hawkeye Elks Lodge, 1401 Walker St, Des Moines, IA
    CIBS Membership Meeting - Washer City Agitators

    CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as concert tickets, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting! Everyone is welcome!

  • 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