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Honoring Ed Giedraitis at Blues Before Sunset

There will be a special tribute to the late Ed Giedraitis during Blues Before Sunset this Friday by bella soul (Tina and Brandon Findley). It will take place immediately following the band break (6:30 p.m.ish). We hope to get Gerri […]

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The Pain Killers

The Pain Killers win 2012 Band Competition

Congratulations to The Pain Killers, winners of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge – Band Competition! The Pain Killers will represent Iowa in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. [nggallery id=24]

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2012 Iowa Blues Challenge - Band

2012 Iowa Blues Challenge – Band

FINALS Saturday, May 26 2012 Congratulations goes out to The Pain Killers, Serious Business and The Mississippi Misfits on their advancement to the Final round of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge to be held Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at the […]

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ANNUAL WALK for AUTISM

The annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks will be Saturday, June 9th, 2012. Having outgrown Valley High Stadium, this year’s event is being moved to Principal Park, 350 SW First St., Des Moines, IA. The Walk will begin at 10:00AM […]

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Three Hot Blues Bands in Finals May 26!!

Congratulations goes out to The Pain Killers, Serious Business and The Mississippi Misfits on their advancement to the Final round of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge to be held Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at the Downtown Marriott at 700 Grand […]

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Pain Killers are Finalists

Congratulations to The Pain Killers on their advancement to the Final round of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge to be held Saturday, May 26, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. Three Iowa bands will compete. The second semi-final round will […]

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Blues Challenge Semi-Finals at Zimm’s Thur. Ap. 19

For an evening of hot (and competitive) Blues, come down to Zimm’s Food and Spirits in Des Moines Thursday, April 19, 8 pm, for the opening salvo of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge. Three Central Iowa regional bands will compete […]

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Iowa Blues Challenge: Finals May 26

The 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge features head to head competition culminating in a three band Final Round to be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Downtown Marriott at 700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines. Make your hotel reservations and […]

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Deadline March 15, 2012 for Iowa Blues Challenge entries

Don’t procrastinate. Don’t delay. Play for fun or play to win. (Or BOTH!) No matter, your band is exposed to a lot of people. Get going!! Entry form on this site under “Events and Programs” at Top of Page or […]

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2012 Iowa Blues Challenge – Band

2012 Iowa Blues Challenge – Band

We are now accepting applications for the 2012 IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE! Play for a prize package that includes cash, recording time and performance opportunities at Mississippi Valley Blues Fest and other paid gigs, PLUS The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, […]

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Iowa Talent does well in Memphis!

Congratulations to The Candymakers from the Quad Cities and Bryce Janey from Marion, the Iowa Blues Societies band and solo/duo representatives, respectively, in the 2012 International Blues Challenge. Each advanced to the semifinals of the competition. Bryce was one of […]

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Popular BluesFest rooms Only Available at Hotel Fort Des Moines

Rooms are sold out at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott but the Hotel Fort Des Moines is ready to take your reservation. Fest goers can call 800-532-1466 or 515-243-1161. Rates are $89 for double/single room and $109 for a suite. […]

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Music Schedule for Winter BluesFest

Now that you know what terrific bands we have for the BluesFest, here are the exact performance times: 5 to 7 PM: Things will kick off with a pre-fest party in the Marriott Lobby with Rob Lumbard, Iowa Singer and […]

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I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, Jan. 27 & 28

CIBS is again proud to sponsor some of the wonderful entertainment at “I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa”. Hal Reed will be doing Blues Workshops throughout the day on Friday, January, 2012. Click on the link for full details. […]

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Winter Blues Fest Line Up Announced!

Winter Blues Fest Line Up Announced!

The line-up is now in place for the 2012 Winter Blues Fest. Times and stages to be announced soon! Line Up Rob Lumbard Iowa Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter Bryce Janey 2011 Iowa Solo Duo Blues Challenge Winner Lil’ Slim Blues Band 2011 […]

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