CIBS News

1st Annual Red Dog Blues, Brews & Music Festival

1st Annual Red Dog Blues, Brews & Music Festival

The 1st Annual Red Dog Blues, Brews & Music Festival will take place from 1:00 to 8:00 pm, Sunday, May 24th at the Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy in Des Moines.  Five great bands are on the schedule:  Tarakis, Gimikk, Jeff Banks Band, Nick Schnebelen (from Trampled Under Foot) and headlining the night will […]

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2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Preliminaries

2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Preliminaries

Fairfield Solo/Duo Preliminary Saturday, April 4th – Best Western Congratulations to Tina & Brandon, who advance to the Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Finals Tina & Brandon  Passionate partners in love and rhyme, Tina and Brandon have become quite a bluesified force to be reckoned with.  Married since January of 2005 and veterans of their popular […]

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Bottoms Up Blues Bash - Saturday, March 7th

Bottoms Up Blues Bash – Saturday, March 7th

The Bottoms Up Blues Bash is coming to Wooly’s on Saturday, March 7th.  This is the third year that CIBS has joined event organizers the Colon Cancer Foundation of Iowa (formerly David’s Fight) to sponsor their celebration & fundraiser in conjunction with colon cancer awareness month. The event will feature the Candymakers, along with Dylan […]

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MVBF moves to Labor Day weekend in 2015

MVBF moves to Labor Day weekend in 2015

After weathering 3 floods and multiple rain days in the past 7 years over the 4th of July weekend, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society Board of Directors voted to move the date of the 2015 Blues Festival to the Labor Day weekend—Saturday and Sunday September 5 and 6. After 30 years of being on the […]

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Kinsey Report  - Live at the M-Shop February 5

Kinsey Report – Live at the M-Shop February 5

The Maintenance Shop in Ames presents The Kinsey Report, with guest Dylan Boyle on Thursday, February 5th.  The doors open at 7:30 with the show at 8:00.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for ISU students) in advance and $2 more at the door. Get more information at the M-Shop website.

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Friends of KUNI/KHKE - Iowa Public Radio Blues Blowout

Friends of KUNI/KHKE – Iowa Public Radio Blues Blowout

The annual Blues Blowout put on by the Friends of KUNI/KHKE and Iowa Public Radio will take place on Saturday, February 7th at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo.  IBHOF member Bob Dorr & the Blue Band will open things up for the Lamont Cranston Band featuring IBHOF member Bruce McCabe.  The doors open at […]

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International Blues Challenge

International Blues Challenge

Congratulations to the Mercury Brothers, 2015 International Blues Challenge Semi-finalists! The 31st International Blues Challenge will be held January 20-24, 2015 in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District. The International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday night (Jan 20) with the International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (Jan 21-22) quarter finals will be […]

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Botanical Blues series

Botanical Blues series

Botanical Blues Announces Ninth Annual Series! Hi Blues fans!  2015 will be the ninth year we have been presenting the Botanical Blues at the Botanical Garden in east Des Moines.   We will present a different solo or duo act each Sunday in January and February of 2015. The live shows will be presented from 2 […]

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Blues in the Schools

Blues in the Schools

The Central Iowa Blues Society’s 2015 Blues In The Schools program is being presented at Hoover High School on January 13th,14th and 15th. Seventeen students have been selected to learn about the history of blues music, writing blues music and eight hours of lessons on instruments of their choice. Our blues clinicians, Bob Pace, guitar […]

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2015 Winter Blues Fest

2015 Winter Blues Fest

21st WBF Expands to Two Nights Friday “Hall of Fame Night” The lineup is set for the 2015 Winter Blues Fest on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.  This year the event is expanding with the addition of “Hall of Fame Night” on Friday.  At 6:00 pm a private […]

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IBHOF Class of 2014

IBHOF Class of 2014

The Central Iowa Blues Society is pleased to announce the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2014: Dwight Dario, Tommy Gordon, Robert “One-Man” Johnson & Philip “Bunky” Marlow.

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2015-16 Webster-Wagner Scholarship application period begins

2015-16 Webster-Wagner Scholarship application period begins

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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Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials in Grinnell October 3rd

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials in Grinnell October 3rd

Our neighbors at the Skunk are bringing Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials to the Elks B.P.O. Lodge, 720 3rd Ave in Grinnell on Friday, October 3rd.  Doors open at 7 with the show running from 8 to 12:30.  Advance tickets are available at the Music Shop & Elks in Grinnell for $15.  $20 at […]

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Lightning Red at the Gas Lamp in 2012 - photo from www.lightningred.com

Hot Show Alert – Lightning Red with Curry at Whiskey Dixx on Sept 28th

Lightning Red will be teaming up with Des Moines’ own Curry Harter for an all-ages show at Whiskey Dixx, 214 4th St, on Sunday, September 28th from 2 to 6 pm.  Doors will open at 1:30 and cover is $5.

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2014 Best Self-Produced CD submissions welcome!

2014 Best Self-Produced CD submissions welcome!

For thirty-four years, The Blues Foundation has celebrated and recognized established blues artists through the Blues Music Awards. For twenty-nine years, The Blues Foundation has encouraged future blues performers through the International Blues Challenge. The Best Self-Produced CD was established in 2005 to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.  CIBS, as a Blues Foundation affiliate […]

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