CIBS News

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!

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 rescheduled for Sunday October 12th

Scotty & the Wingtips celebration rescheduled for Sunday October 12th

CIBS founding member Scott Hartung has rescheduled the Scotty & the Wingtips 25 year celebration for Sunday, October 12th from 2 to 6 pm at the VFW Post 9662 at 1309 NE 66th Ave.  The band will be joined by several past members of the Wingtips, including Jon East, Scott Eggleston, Scot Sutherland, Bob Pace, […]

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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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