The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
mission is to recognize,
honor, and celebrate our
Iowa Blues heritage.
The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame display is located at Hawkeye Elks Lodge #160 1401 Walker Street Des Moines, IA
The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and has been a program of the Central Iowa Blues Society since 2001. New inductees are selected periodically by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame committee and honored at a celebratory awards ceremony.
The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame exhibit was originally housed at Blues on Grand until its closing in 2010. The exhibit was rededicated in its new home at the Hawkeye Elks Lodge in September 2014 (Hawkeye Elks Lodge is open to the public and they welcome your visit!) and a portable companion exhibit was introduced for travel to events all across Iowa in April 2017.
You can support the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame by volunteering, sponsorship, or simply by making a charitable donation.
Inductee Criteria &
CRITERIA – For consideration, the nominee must meet the following minimum conditions
Be rooted in a Blues genre style
Born OR held residency in the state of Iowa
Began playing professionally 30 or more years ago. Non-performing nominees are those that began serving a significant role in supporting and promoting the genre 30 or more years ago
SUBMISSIONS – Please make your submissions to your area Blues Society representative. Submissions need to include the following:
At least one photo (more if available). Can be hard copy print or emailed in .jpeg format (prints will be returned)
Website links (if available)
Any available CD’s or recorded materials (will be returned)
NOMINATIONS – To suggest a nominee contact your Blues Society representative. CIBS contact info HERE
SELECTION – All submissions are considered and inductees are chosen by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Committee.
Click the donate button to make an online donation. The Central Iowa Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Consult your tax advisor regarding deductibility.