CIBS News

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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RIP - IBHOF member James Kinds

RIP – IBHOF member James Kinds

CIBS was saddened to hear of the passing of 2008 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame inductee James Kinds on August 19, 2014 at the age of 70.  James had been battling health issues for some time.  The Drew, Mississippi native has been a fixture in the Dubuque blues scene since he moved there from Chicago […]

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IBHOF Exhibit Unveiled at Elks Lodge Sept 6

IBHOF Exhibit Unveiled at Elks Lodge Sept 6

The dedication of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame display at its new home in the Hawkeye Elks Club, 1401 Walker St took place during the Sumpin Doo show on Saturday, September 6th.  Sumpin Doo burned up the room for an appreciative full house and IBHOF members George and Gil Davis were joined on stage […]

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Scotty & the Wingtips celebration POSTPONED

Scotty & the Wingtips celebration POSTPONED

Due to the sudden sale of the venue booked for the Scotty & the Wingtips 25 year celebration, the event is being postponed.  Scott Hartung is working on a new location and hopes to be able to reschedule for October.  Stay tuned to the Blues Crier and CIBS website for further developments.

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America’s Music 2 program throughout September

Music styles that originated in the United States during the twentieth century are the subject of America’s Music 2, a series of programs running on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning September 9 at 6 pm at the Franklin Avenue Library. The Broadway, Latin, blues, and rock genres will be spotlighted. Each program of this music survey […]

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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

Quay and Elliott will join Band champs the Mercury Brothers representing the Central Iowa, Mississippi Valley, South Skunk, Southeast Iowa and Lizard Creek Blues Societies at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN in January.

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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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