CIBS News

Hot Tamale & the Red Hots to perform at Sweet Corn Day - July 19th

Hot Tamale & the Red Hots to perform at Sweet Corn Day – July 19th

Due to the cancellation of the previously announced act, the Mercury Brothers, CIBS has secured a replacement, Iowa Blues Challenge runners-up Hot Tamale & the Red Hots, to be the performing act at the Parks Area Sweet Corn Day festival.  The festival will be held in the Highland Park neighborhood at 6th & Euclid on […]

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2014 Iowa Blues Challenge – SOLO DUO

2014 Iowa Blues Challenge – SOLO DUO

9 acts to participate in Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo competition Quad Cities Preliminary – Saturday, July 26 at the Muddy Waters Dan Peart – Dan Peart is a singer/songwriter, born in Fort Dodge and transplanted to Clinton, IA. Beatles music inspired him to learn to play, sing and write; also learning from his older brother’s […]

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Walter Trout Benefit - May 4

Walter Trout Benefit – May 4

Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band, with special guest James Biehn, will be Putting on a benefit concert at Gas Lamp Sunday, May 4 for WALTER TROUT from 3-6. Walter is one of the finest blues guitarists on the planet and has had major health issues this year (he is awaiting a Liver transplant). There will be […]

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2014 Iowa Blues Challenge - BAND

2014 Iowa Blues Challenge – BAND

FINALS – Saturday, May 17, 2014. Congratulations to advancing bands from the Des Moines preliminary round Hot Tamale & the Red Hots and Jefferson County Green Band.

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2014 Webster-Wagner Scholarship

2014 Webster-Wagner Scholarship

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 has 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 […]

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2014 Winter Blues Fest

2014 Winter Blues Fest

WINTER BLUES FEST is February 8, 2014 • 10 ACTS ON 6 DIFFERENT STAGES! Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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2014 International Blues Challenge

2014 International Blues Challenge

Make plans now to join us in Memphis, January 21 through the 25th, for the 30th International Blues Challenge! Best of luck to our Iowa competitors CHAD ELLIOTT & BONITA CROWE (solo/duo) and the ROCK ISLAND ROLLERS (band).

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Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Calling all Blues Bands! Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has celebrated unsigned blues artists through a competition called the “Best Self-Produced CD” of the year… DEADLINE OCTOBER 15, 2013!

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Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang at M-Shop on Jan 31

Legendary blues tenor saxophonist Eddie Shaw began playing at early age. During his teens he traveled around his home state of Mississippi playing nightclubs, schools, and dances and jamming with bands such as Ike Turner’s and Guitar Slim’s. In 1957, at just 20-years-old, Shaw sat in with the Muddy Waters band in Itta Bena, Mississippi. […]

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R.I.P. Big Mike Edwards

R.I.P. Big Mike Edwards

We received the sad news that, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Member, “Big Mike” Edwards, 63, died on August 13, 2013. Our hearts go out to all Big Mike’s loved ones. A memorial concert will be held to honor Big Mike’s life on August 24, 2013 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Simon Estes Amphitheater in downtown Des Moines…

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21st Bowlful of Blues - Aug 31

21st Bowlful of Blues – Aug 31

Mark your calendars, Saturday, August 31st beginning at noon at the Maytag Park in Newton Iowa we will have a 21 year birthday party! Tell your friends. As South Skunk Blues Society member Mike Pender puts it… “Were gonna party like we just turned 21.” The LINEUP NOON Poppa Neptune feat Detroit Larry Davison 2 […]

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25th Rollin' on the River - Aug 16 & 17

25th Rollin’ on the River – Aug 16 & 17

This in from our friends in Keokuk, Iowa…. Planning for the 25th Rollin’ on the River Festival, August 16 & 17th 2013 is well underway. We’ve done our best to amp it up for this quarter of a century milestone and we think you’ll agree with the results. Check out our performer’s page for our […]

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