CIBS News

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, […]

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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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2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

Photos from the 2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2013 Iowa Blues Challenge - Solo/Duo

2013 Iowa Blues Challenge – Solo/Duo

August 4, 2013 at Zimms on Ingersoll in Des Moines. The winner receives $250 cash plus $300 in travel expense to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge! Solo/Duo entrants include; Chad Elliot w/Bonita Crow, Curry & Red, Frank Strong, and JeffCo.

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Rock Island Rollers Heading to Memphis Again!

Rock Island Rollers Heading to Memphis Again!

7/7/13 UPDATE… Congrats to the The Rock Island Rollers! They will be representing Iowa in the International Blues Challenge again in 2014! Make plans now to head to Memphis with us next January to see this great showcase of talent from all over the world!

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CIBS Membership Picnic

CIBS Membership Picnic

The Central Iowa Blues Society will hold its 1st annual Membership Picnic on Sunday July 28th in Des Moines Water Works Park. This family friendly event is open to CIBS members and their families. The picnic will run from 12:30 thru 6pm with food served at 1:30. Live music by Rob Lumbard…

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Blues Under the Trees - July 27

Blues Under the Trees – July 27

Lizard Creek Blues Society of North Central Iowa presents Blues Under the Trees 2013 on July 27. This year’s festival features Joe & Vicki Price, Sena Ehrhrdt, The Chris O’Leary Band, Hadden Sayers and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.

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2013 Blues Music Awards

2013 Blues Music Awards

Photos from the 2013 Blues Music Awards

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2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

CIBS board member Terry Cole captured some shots from this years Mississippi Valley Blues Fest… including some from the first Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge. Check ’em out! [nggallery id=29]

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CIBS Sponsors Band for Autism Walk

CIBS Sponsors Band for Autism Walk

The Central Iowa Blues Society sponsored the band, Hot Tamale & the Red Hots, to kick-off the annual Autism Walk on Saturday, June 8th at Iowa Cubs Stadium/Principal Park. The team this year was called Will’s Fighters. UPDATE… some nice thank you notes!

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Omaha's Playing With Fire

Omaha’s Playing With Fire

Our friends in Omaha are celebrating their 10th anniversary of the Playing with Fire Concert Series this year! These events are definitely road-trip worthy! May 27 -Memorial Day Concert featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and more July 12-13th […]

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The Muddy Waters - 3 Year Anniversary!

The Muddy Waters – 3 Year Anniversary!

Our friends, Kristy Bennett and Hal Reed of Bettendorf, are hosting a three year anniversary celebration for The Muddy Waters on Saturday, June 1st. Great blues lineup and a BBQ competition…

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