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2018 Iowa Blues Challenge

Are You Ready For the Challenge??

For the 24th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS), in association with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society, presents the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC), a multiple-round live music competition in two categories – Band and Solo/Duo – open to all Iowa-based Blues acts.

Preliminary round competitions will be held in Des Moines, Fairfield and Davenport during August, with the winners of each in both categories advancing to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Des Moines Social Club.

  • DAVENPORT BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 12 @ River Music Experience
  • FAIRFIELD BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Saturday, August 18 @ Depot Brewery
  • DES MOINES SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 19 @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
  • DES MOINES BAND PRELIM
    Sunday, August 26 @ Lefty’s Live Music
  • FINALS – BAND AND SOLO/DUO
    Saturday, September 8 @ Des Moines Social Club

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package which includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs (including, but not limited to the 2019 Winter Blues Fest) and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by the Blues Foundation.

Download 2018 IABC Rules and Sample Ballot (.pdf)

Download 2018 IABC Application (.docx)

Download Blues Foundation Affiliate Challenge Booklet (.pdf)

DEADLINE FOR ACTS TO ENTER IS SATURDAY, JULY 21

Sponsors of the 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge: Budweiser, Exile Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, VividPix & Design, Des Moines Social Club, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society and Central Iowa Blues Society.

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo champion, Kevin B.F. Burt, went on to win the 2018 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo championship, as well as winning the Lee Oskar Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award.  This was Kevin’s 2nd opportunity to participate in the IBC.  In 1995, he and his band, the Blues Instigators won the Iowa Blues Challenge and represented CIBS in Memphis.  2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Band champion, the Avey Grouws Band, were semifinalists at the IBC.  235 acts from around the world participated in the 2018 International Blues Challenge.

For more information please contact:
Jeff Duskin, Iowa Blues Challenge Chair
(515) 494-6033
jeeff@cibs.org

CIBS Blues Crier :: JULY 2018


JULY 2018

Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events

FRIDAY – JUL 20, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

DOORS AT 7PM // SHOW AT 8PM

Born in 1967 in Church Point, Louisiana, Chubby Carrier is one of only four artists ever to win a Grammy award in the short-lived “Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album” category. A third-generation member of the legendary Carrier family, Chubby has spread his love of his music and his culture to thousands, possibly millions worldwide in his 30 year career that began when he started playing drums in his Father’s band at age 12. His mission in life is to ignite joy, love and passion in the hearts of all who hear him play. Most of all, he plays to spread the gospel of Zydeco.

This is Zydeco for the 21st century…” Living Blues Magazine

www.chubbycarrier.com


SUNDAY – JUL 22, 2018 @ 6:30PM
Wooly’s, 504 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA
Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl

Opening Performance by Bob Pace
DOORS AT 5:30PM // SHOW AT 6:30PM

Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity–a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool.

Jimmie was a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, has won four Grammy Awards, and has a triple platinum record for Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan’s – Family Style commemorating over one million copies sold.

www.jimmievaughan.com

Advance tickets for this concert are
available through TicketFly only


SUNDAY – AUG 12, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
Curtis Salgado
Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones

DOUBLE BILL! DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 // SHOW AT 7:00

CURTIS SALGADO — Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado’s earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years. Guitarist Alan Hager has been wowing fellow musicians from his hometown of Portland, Oregon and beyond for decades. Hager has been jamming with Salgado since 2003, and joined his band full-time in 2015. Together, the two blues fans and friends took time out of their busy touring schedule to record Rough Cut, a stripped-down album featuring a potent mix of newly written, timeless originals and carefully chosen blues covers. “We did it for the love of the music,” says Salgado. “This is where our hearts are. These are deep songs that we love to play.”

That love comes through loud and clear on Rough Cut. Produced by Salgado and Hager, the 13 songs on the album (including six originals) range from plaintive to playful. Recorded in one live unrehearsed take, the original I Will Not Surrender, with its haunting and sparse soundscape, showcases some of Hager’s strongest guitar work, and some of the most profoundly emotive vocals Salgado has ever laid down. The canine-lover’s anthem, I Want My Dog To Live Longer (The Greatest Wish), is already a huge fan favorite. Salgado’s soulful singing and Hager’s elegant slide guitar playing shine on Elmore James’ You Got To Move and Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied. “He’s the best player in the business, unlike anybody else,” Salgado says of Hager. “One reason I made this record was to show him off.”

www.curtissalgado.com

DOUG DEMING & THE JEWEL TONES — Doug Deming is an American blues and roots guitarist/vocalist, born and raised in the Detroit area, currently residing on the Gulf coast of Florida. Doug is the 2013 recipient of the Blues Blast Music Awards’ Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Drawing influence from greats like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug’s traditional taste and style are evident in his original music, with three recordings of primarily original tunes to his credit. Throughout his 20+ year career Doug has enjoyed touring and recording with many top blues artists, including Kim Wilson, Gary Primich, Lazy Lester, Alberta Adams, AC Reed and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones to name a few; as well as with his own band featuring various artists such as Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Terry Hanck, Steve Guyger and Dennis Gruenling. Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones play traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, and early 50s roots rock. This is real deal rocking’ rhythm & blues!

www.dougdeming.com


MONDAY – AUG 13, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Zimm’s Food & Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting – ROB LUMBARD

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting!

www.roblumbard.com


further on up the road… save-the-dates

08/22/18 – Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
09/08/18 – Iowa Blues Challenge FINALS
09/21/18 – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
09/29/18 – Davy Knowles
10/13/18 – Grand Marquis
10/21/18 – Blues Caravan with Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison
11/17/18 – Nick Moss Band feat. Dennis Gruenling

Keep an eye on www.cibs.org or follow us
on Facebook for the latest announcements!


Membership News

Check this out… At last count Central Iowa Blues Society membership was at 979. That is 111 higher than ever! 42 of those are Contributing Friends and 39 are Corporate Members. With your continued support we have stronger programs than ever and enjoy more live blues! It’s easier than ever to join or renew your CIBS membership online here –>


2018 Iowa Blues Challenge

LAST CALL! DEADLINE FOR ACTS
TO ENTER IS SATURDAY, JULY 21

For the 24th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS), in association with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society, presents the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC), a multiple-round live music competition in two categories – Band and Solo/Duo – open to all Iowa-based Blues acts.

Preliminary round competitions will be held in Des Moines, Fairfield and Davenport during August, with the winners of each in both categories advancing to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Saturday, Sept 8, 2018 at the Des Moines Social Club.

  • DAVENPORT BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 12 @ River Music Experience
  • FAIRFIELD BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Saturday, August 18 @ Depot Brewery
  • DES MOINES SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 19 @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
  • DES MOINES BAND PRELIM
    Sunday, August 26 @ Lefty’s Live Music
  • FINALS – BAND AND SOLO/DUO
    Saturday, September 8 @ Des Moines Social Club

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package which includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs (including, but not limited to the 2019 Winter Blues Fest) and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

Download 2018 IABC Rules and Sample Ballot (.pdf)

Download 2018 IABC Application (.docx)

Download Blues Foundation Affiliate Challenge Booklet (.pdf)

DEADLINE FOR ACTS TO ENTER IS SATURDAY, JULY 21

Sponsors of the 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge: Budweiser, Exile Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, VividPix & Design, Des Moines Social Club, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society and Central Iowa Blues Society.

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo champion, Kevin B.F. Burt, went on to win the 2018 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo championship, as well as winning the Lee Oskar Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award. This was Kevin’s 2nd opportunity to participate in the IBC. In 1995, he and his band, the Blues Instigators won the Iowa Blues Challenge and represented CIBS in Memphis. 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Band champion, the Avey Grouws Band, were semifinalists at the IBC. 235 acts from around the world participated in the 2018 International Blues Challenge.

For more information please contact:
Jeff Duskin, Iowa Blues Challenge Chair
(515) 494-6033 • jeeff@cibs.org


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 Contributing Friends
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Gary Jensen
  • Chris Miner
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Lucy Brown
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Ken Morse
  • Fred & Jane Koogler
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Carlotta Wilde & Alex Ozuna
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Philip Snyder
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Arlen & Beth Bloom
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Lanny Battani
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Cynthia Schaus
  • Debbie Ramsey
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Robert Economaki
  • Janet Bannister
  • Mahlon Earl
  • Bryan & Karmen Church
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
  • Brian Gifford
  • Gary Mishler
  • Stevean White
  • Doug & Cindy Johnson
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Steve Flood
  • Todd & Sue Mattison
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
  • Deb Bodson
CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION CHAIR
Deb Bodson

DIRECTOR & TALENT CHAIR
Philip Snyder

DIRECTOR & EDUCATION CHAIR
Steve Vasquez

DIRECTOR
Scott Kirstein

DIRECTOR
Jeff Wagner

MEDIA & MARKETING CHAIR
Jen Taylor

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME CHAIR
Bryan Church

MERCHANDISE CHAIR
Quinn Fairchild & Chrissy Rinehart

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO AT
www.cibs.org


MAILING ADDRESS
CIBS, Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

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Please send submissions
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BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

Special Thanks
  • Georgia Helmick (2009) and Bob Pace (1994) for renewing as Contributing Friends
  • Prairie Dog Blues Fest for renewing their Corporate Membership
  • Ken Morse (1993) for renewing as a Contributing Friend
  • Leigh Lusse (2003) for renewing as a Contributing Friend
  • Philip Snyder (2006) for renewing as a Contributing Friend
  • Andy & Joan Lyons (2004) for renewing as Contributing Friends
  • Brian & Elaine Gifford (1999) for renewing as Contributing Friends
  • Tony & Cathy Hale (2017) for renewing as Contributing Friends
  • Big Rack Brew for renewing their Corporate Membership
  • Cynthia Schaus (2014) for renewing as Contributing Friends
Welcome New Members!
  • Roy and Charis Flynn – 3 yrs
  • Edward and Jeanette Shannon
  • Maria Johnson
  • Rob and Amy Thomas
  • Brenda and Dan Walker
  • Bruce Koeppl
  • Ardie & Lynn Gordon
  • Penny & Ronald Zim
  • Diane Schreck
  • Nancy & Tom Van Zee
  • Ann Flood
  • David & Nanci Sande
  • Kent Johnson
  • Anthony & Ginnie Padden
  • Lori Wilson
  • Terry Harley
Renewing Members
  • Deana Williams
    (2011)
  • Jodi Bodley
    (2008)
  • John and Penny Scott
    (2017)
  • Barb and Dale Johahsen
    (2017)
  • Bill Wheeler
    (2000)
  • Don Dumdei
    (2010) 3 yrs
  • David and Karin Guy
    (2016)
  • Jennifer and Jeremy Spencer
    (1992)
  • Gilbert Landolt
    (2016)
  • Patrice Howard
    (2016)
  • John Byler
    (2012)
  • LuAnn and Mark  Smith
    (2015 & 1997)
  • Janet Johnson-Weitenhagen
    (1998)
  • Jim & Karen McCool
    (2017) 3yrs
  • Carol & Jim Polito
    (1997 & 1995)
  • Jay Gilliam
    (2011)
  • Don Erickson
    (1995)
  • Reece Lancaster
    (2016)
  • Ed Augustine
    (2017)
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
    (2017)
  • Gerry Neugent
    (2017) 3yrs
  • Ryan Pinegar, Johnna & Oliver VanderEcken
    (1997)
  • Carly Schaus
    (2016)
  • Richard Bennett
    (2006)
  • Royce Canada and Julie Owen
    (2007 & 2016)
  • Rodney Goowin
    (1993)
  • Jeff Jackson and Lori Vetter
    (2013)
  • Julie and Joe Weichman
    (2017)
  • Steven DeSerano
    (2017)

CIBS Blues Crier :: JUNE 2018


JUNE 2018

Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events

SUNDAY – JUN 24, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
The 44’s

Opening performance by Patrick Recob & the Perpetual Luau All Stars!
DOORS AT 6PM // SHOW AT 7PM

Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music.The 44’s are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances and in the making of their sophomore album Americana, on the Rip Cat label, demands to be heard by blues music fans world wide. Prepare to do some hip-shakin’!!!


FRIDAY – JUN 29, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Anthony Gomes

DOORS AT 7PM // SHOW AT 8PM

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. Download a FREE ALBUM from ANTHONY GOMES at: www.freegomesalbum.com

A very talented guitarist… and where did that voice come from?
~ B.B. King


MONDAY – JUL 9, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting – Heath Alan

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues from HEATH ALAN after the meeting!


Further on up the road…

Chubby Carrier 7/20/18
Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl 7/22/18
Johnny Rawls 7/29/18 – ARTIST CANCELLED
Curtis Salgado 8/12/18
Teresa James 8/22/18
Iowa Blues Challenge FINALS 9/8/18
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys 9/21/18
Davy Knowles 9/29/18
Grand Marquis 10/13/18
Blues Caravan with Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison 10/21/18

Keep an eye on www.cibs.org or follow us
on Facebook for the latest announcements!


tixTickets to CIBS events available here!

NOTE: CIBS members receive their discount at the door when checking in at the venue. The discounts are a members only benefit and does not apply to tickets purchased for non-members. Become a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society  HERE ->


Reds Whites & Blues Festival


2018 Iowa Blues Challenge

For the 24th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS), in association with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society, presents the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC), a multiple-round live music competition in two categories – Band and Solo/Duo – open to all Iowa-based Blues acts.

Preliminary round competitions will be held in Des Moines, Fairfield and Davenport during August, with the winners of each in both categories advancing to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Saturday, Sept 8, 2018 at the Des Moines Social Club.

  • DAVENPORT BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 12 @ River Music Experience
  • FAIRFIELD BAND & SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Saturday, August 18 @ Depot Brewery
  • DES MOINES SOLO/DUO PRELIM
    Sunday, August 19 @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
  • DES MOINES BAND PRELIM
    Sunday, August 26 @ Lefty’s Live Music
  • FINALS – BAND AND SOLO/DUO
    Saturday, September 8 @ Des Moines Social Club

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package which includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs (including, but not limited to the 2019 Winter Blues Fest) and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

Download 2018 IABC Rules and Sample Ballot (.pdf)

Download 2018 IABC Application (.docx)

Download Blues Foundation Affiliate Challenge Booklet (.pdf)

DEADLINE FOR ACTS TO ENTER IS SATURDAY, JULY 21

Sponsors of the 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge: Budweiser, Exile Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, VividPix & Design, Des Moines Social Club, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society and Central Iowa Blues Society.

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo champion, Kevin B.F. Burt, went on to win the 2018 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo championship, as well as winning the Lee Oskar Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award. This was Kevin’s 2nd opportunity to participate in the IBC. In 1995, he and his band, the Blues Instigators won the Iowa Blues Challenge and represented CIBS in Memphis. 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Band champion, the Avey Grouws Band, were semifinalists at the IBC. 235 acts from around the world participated in the 2018 International Blues Challenge.

For more information please contact:
Jeff Duskin, Iowa Blues Challenge Chair
(515) 494-6033 • jeeff@cibs.org


Badass Blues Broads!

Thank you to ALL the Badass Blues Broads for a terrific show on June 1st at Lefty’s, especially to Jeni Grouws who really went above and beyond pushing the show out to the masses and getting everyone together as they were scheming for weeks before the event. There were many special moments throughout the evening. Some were captured in video and some you “just had to be there”… if you were there you know what we’re talkin’ ’bout!!! Check out the video playlist…


Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mo Shaul. He won a pair of weekend passes to the
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival at our June membership meeting!


CORPORATE MEMBERS

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ClassicHats

HighlandParkHW

leftys

LloydsCounseling

midwestix

MotorMagic2

Noce

PTB-logo

sonicfactory

SouthsieMusicStudio

vividpix

Zimms

 Contributing Friends
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Gary Jensen
  • Chris Miner
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Lucy Brown
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Ken Morse
  • Fred & Jane Koogler
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Carlotta Wilde & Alex Ozuna
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Philip Snyder
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Arlen & Beth Bloom
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Lanny Battani
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Cynthia Schaus
  • Debbie Ramsey
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Robert Economaki
  • Janet Bannister
  • Mahlon Earl
  • Bryan & Karmen Church
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
  • Brian Gifford
  • Gary Mishler
  • Stevean White
  • Doug & Cindy Johnson
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Steve Flood
  • Todd & Sue Mattison
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION CHAIR
Deb Bodson

DIRECTOR & TALENT CHAIR
Philip Snyder

DIRECTOR & EDUCATION CHAIR
Steve Vasquez

DIRECTOR
Scott Kirstein

DIRECTOR
Jeff Wagner

MEDIA & MARKETING CHAIR
Jen Taylor

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME CHAIR
Bryan Church

MERCHANDISE CHAIR
Quinn Fairchild & Chrissy Rinehart

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO AT
www.cibs.org


MAILING ADDRESS
CIBS, Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org


WEB CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS
Email to dates@cibs.org


ADVERTISING info HERE

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

Blues Blast Awards

The 2018 Blues Blast
Music Award Nominees

Fan voting determines the winners and begins July 1, 2018 and continues until August 31, 2018 at BluesBlastMagazine.com

Contemporary Blues Album

  • Victor Wainwright & The Train – Self Titled
  • Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison
  • Chris Cain – Self titled
  • Danielle Nicole – Cry No More
  • Bernard Allison – Let It Go
  • Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind – Approved By Snakes

Traditional Blues Album

  • The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling – The High Cost of Low Living
  • Kim Wilson – Blues And Boogie Vol 1
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Groovin’ In Greaseland
  • Oscar Wilson – One Room Blues
  • The Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint
  • Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud

Soul Blues Album

  • Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra – After A While
  • Johnny Rawls – Waiting For The Train
  • Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed
  • Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues
  • Markey Blues & Ric Latina Project – Raised In Muddy Water
  • Ivy Ford – Time To Shine

Rock Blues Album

  • Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together
  • Albert Castiglia – Up All Night
  • Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hand
  • Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Stompin’ Ground
  • Ghost Town Blues Band – Backstage Pass
  • Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’

Acoustic Blues Album

  • Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager – Rough Cut
  • Doug MacLeod – Break The Chain
  • Mitch Woods – Friends Along The Way
  • Daniel Eriksen – Narrative Boogie
  • Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live In Lafayette
  • Sunny Lowdown – Down Loaded

Live Blues Recording

  • Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live In Lafayette
  • John Mayall – Three For The Road
  • Ghost Town Blues Band – Backstage Pass
  • Muddy Waters – Live At Rockpalast
  • Nick Schnebelen – Live In Kansas City
  • Casey Hensley – Live Featuring Laura Chavez

Historical Or Vintage Recording

  • Muddy Waters – Live At Rockpalast
  • Luther Allison Box Set
  • Johnny Nicholas – Too Many Bad Habits
  • Paul Delay – Live at Notodden ’97
  • Reverend Raven & The CSAB – My Life – Twentieth Anniversary

New Artist Debut Album

  • Patrick Recob – Perpetual Luau
  • Ben Levin – Ben’s Blues
  • Heather Newman – Burn Me Alive
  • Casey Hensley – Live Featuring Laura Chavez
  • Orphan Jon – Abandoned No More
  • Ilya Portnov Strong Brew

Blues Band

  • The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
  • The Cash Box Kings
  • Ghost Town Blues Band
  • Welch Ledbetter Connection
  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy

Male Blues Artist

  • Victor Wainwright
  • Chris Cain
  • Walter Trout
  • Oscar Wilson
  • Kid Ramos
  • Benny Turner

Female Blues Artist

  • Danielle Nicole
  • Shaun Murphy
  • Samantha Fish
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Beth Hart
  • Karen Lovely

Sean Costello Rising Star Award

  • Ben Levin
  • Joyann Parker
  • Orphan Jon
  • Ivy Ford
  • Breezy Rodio
  • Heather Newman

 

CIBS Blues Crier :: MAY 2018


MAY 2018

Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events

SUNDAY – MAY 27, 2018 @ 12:00PM
Jasper Winery, Des Moines, IA
SpringFest #2 – ADMISSION IS FREE

2:00 – 3:00 / Ducharme-Jones Band
3:30 – 5:00 / Kevin “BF” Burt (2018 IBC Winner)
5:30 – 7:00 / Paul Mayasich with Benderheads (Minnesota)
7:30 – 9:00 / Lauren Mitchell Band (Florida)

Come celebrate great music in a perfect setting at Jasper Winery, Memorial Weekend. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Wine from Jasper Winery, Beer from Madhouse Brewing, and BBQ and MORE from food vendors will be available to purchase. (Please, DO NOT bring your own alcohol, it is against Iowa State Law. Any alcohol must be purchased from the winery.)

Presented by: Central Iowa Blues Society,
Fat Tuesday Productions, and Jasper Winery


FRIDAY – JUN 1, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Badass Blues Broads!

East meets West in the Midwest… killer bands and powerful women.
What a night! Meet the Badass Blues Broads. Check out some video ->

LISA MANN (Portland Oregon):
Originally from West Virginia, Mann’s vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues. Her clever blues balladry is complimented by her considerable prowess on bass guitar. Her bass grooves touch on the hallowed soil of soul greats James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt.
2016 Blues Music Award – Instrumentalist, Bass
2015 Blues Music Award – Instrumentalist, Bass
2015 Blues Blast Award – Sean Costello Rising Star
Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame

LAUREN MITCHELL (Sarasota FL):
“I miss Etta a little less when I hear Lauren sing.” Josh Sklair – Grammy Award Winner, Producer and Guitarist for Etta James
“A soul-stirring voice and an arresting presence” Tony Braunagel – Producer, Grammy and Blues Music Award Winner
“Mitchell’s powerful voice immediately punched me in the gut and shook me to the deepest part of my soul!” Blue Monday Monthly.

JENI GROUWS (Eastern Iowa):
Blues is storytelling, and Jeni Grouws, co-leader of the Avey/Grouws Band, will sing a story into life! Gary Eckhart of Blue Monday Monthly called Grouws “a rising star!” Declared the Iowa Blues Challenge Winners in 2017, the Avey/Grouws Band made it to the Semi Finals in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2018.

ANNIE MACK (Rochester, Minnesota):
What do you get when you combine blues,roots,gospel,country and soul? A powerful and eclectic mix that makes up the rich layering that is the essence of Annie Mack. With a powerful voice, strong presence and captivating storytelling ability Annie Mack is a force to be reckoned with. Following in the footsteps of the Blues Women before her, she makes a genuine connection with her audience. She upholds the tradition of “Testifyin” about the experiences of Life.

CINDY GRILL (Central Iowa):
Since January 2005, Hot Tamale & the Red Hots have been surprising blues music fans. To date, they have opened for such national acts as Kelley Hunt, Grinderswitch, Harper, and Dr. John, as well as performing at such events as the Bowlful of Blues festival and Rollin On The River festival. Keep watching to see what they do next!


MONDAY – JUN 11, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Zimm’s Food & Spirits, 3124 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting!


SUNDAY – JUN 24, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
The 44’s

Opening performance by Patrick Recob & the Perpetual Luau All Stars!
DOORS AT 6PM – SHOW AT 7PM

Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music.The 44’s are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances and in the making of their Sophomore album Americana, on the Rip Cat label, demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide.


Further on up the road…

Anthony Gomes 6/29/18
Chubby Carrier 7/20/18
Jimmie Vaughan & Tilt-A-Whirl 7/22/18
Johnny Rawls 7/29/18
Curtis Salgado 8/12/18
Teresa James 8/22/18
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys 9/21/18
Davy Knowles 9/29/18
Grand Marquis 10/13/18
Blues Caravan with Mike Zito, Vanja Sky & Bernard Allison 10/21/18

Keep an eye on www.cibs.org or follow us
on Facebook for the latest announcements!


tixTickets to CIBS events available here!

NOTE: CIBS members receive their discount at the door when checking in at the venue. The discounts are a members only benefit and does not apply to tickets purchased for non-members. Become a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society  HERE ->




The 2018 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame induction celebration was held Sunday, April 8th at Noce in downtown Des Moines. The event was once again sold out and a great crowd was on hand to take in the festivities. The inductees for the class of 2018 included Ardie Dean Strutzenburg, Jeff Taylor, Jay Sieleman, Vicki Price, and Scot Sutherland.

Sumpin doo, served as the Hall of Fame Band and the food was once again provided by the Flying Mango. There were over 20 current members of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in attendance.

In response to two consecutive sold-out events we are moving next years ceremony to the Rivercenter in downtown Des Moines. This venue will allow us additional seating but yet maintain the same atmosphere and great feel.

Save-the-date for the 2019 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony — Sunday April 7th 2019. Tickets will go on sale in January 2019 and despite the larger venue we encourage everyone to get your tickets as soon as they are available.

Congratulations again to the 2018 inductees and thanks to everyone for making it an evening to remember.

Bryan Church
IBHOF Chairman

* * *

Thank you to Jay Gillam, Kit Lancaster, RK Anderson, and Jen Taylor
for a whole bunch of video and photo memories from the
2018 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Celebration. Check ’em out…


Save-the-Dates!

Solo/Duo Preliminary 8/19/18
Band Preliminary 8/26/18
Finals 9/8/18

A call for challenge participants and more info will follow in the coming weeks!


2018 Blues In The Schools featuring Kevin BF Burt, Blues Educator

Well over seven hundred students were baptized into the blues during the week of April 23-27. Hoover and it’s feeder schools, Meredith middle School and elementary schools, Hillis, Monroe, Moore and Samuelson participated in Kevin BF Burt’s presentation. Several students participated either strumming along or singing the blues with Kevin.

The DMACC Ankeny Campus also got in a blues mood where Scott Davis’s Rock History and Jazz History classes were given a lesson on how the blues influenced and developed into these genres. As a BITS week ending recital, Kevin BF Burt performed at the Mills Civic Hy Vee Market Grille. Several teachers and students were in attendance.

Plans for the 2019 Blues In The Schools were being discussed with teachers and staff as each session wrapped up at all locations.

A huge Blues thank you to Mary Wolfe (volunteer), Scott Davis, Ryan Rowley, and Maureen Griffin for their support at the schools level. Also the support and sponsorship from the Des Moines Public Schools, Stoney Creek Inn, Vanessa Howell, Community Partnership Coordinator, and Kelly Kretschmer, Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator.

Steve Vasquez
Education Committee Chair

Tax-deductible donations to support CIBS education programs can be made online at www.cibs.org or by mailing a check to: Central Iowa Blues Society, PO Box 13016, Des Moines, IA 50310.



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 Contributing Friends
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Gary Jensen
  • Chris Miner
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Lucy Brown
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Ken Morse
  • Fred & Jane Koogler
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Carlotta Wilde & Alex Ozuna
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Philip Snyder
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Arlen & Beth Bloom
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Lanny Battani
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Cynthia Schaus
  • Debbie Ramsey
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Robert Economaki
  • Janet Bannister
  • Mahlon Earl
  • Bryan & Karmen Church
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
  • Brian Gifford
  • Gary Mishler
  • Stevean White
  • Doug & Cindy Johnson
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Steve Flood
  • Todd & Sue Mattison
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION CHAIR
Deb Bodson

DIRECTOR & TALENT CHAIR
Philip Snyder

DIRECTOR & EDUCATION CHAIR
Steve Vasquez

DIRECTOR
Scott Kirstein

DIRECTOR
Jeff Wagner

MEDIA & MARKETING CHAIR
Jen Taylor

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME CHAIR
Bryan Church

MERCHANDISE CHAIR
Quinn Fairchild & Chrissy Rinehart

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO AT
www.cibs.org


MAILING ADDRESS
CIBS, Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

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BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

Special thanks to…

Summerset Winery (2004) for
renewing their Corporate Membership


Roger & Kathy Morrison (1996,
contributors since 2005) for
renewing as Contributing Friends


Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell (1997,
contributors since 2005) for
renewing as Contributing Friends


Frank & Jeanette Strong (2006)
for renewing as Contributing Friends


Rick & Becky Harmon (2016,
contributors since 2017)  for
renewing as Contributing Friends


Janet Bannister (2017, contributor since
2017) for renewing as a Contributing Friend

Welcome New Members!
  • Ted & Holley Bzdega
  • Larry Early
  • Steve & Kristi Forest
  • Rosalie Gallagher
  • Susan Heun
  • Nancy Kelinson
  • Larry Laborde
  • Alfred & Julie Lease
  • Art Lischer
  • Barb McConahay
  • Bill McElrath
  • Mac & Kathy McGillivray
  • Zach Miner
  • Kelly & Wendy Penman
    3 years
  • Jerry Peoples
  • Vickie Rappe
    3 years
  • Jeff Raun
  • Morry Shaul
    3 years
  • Mark Skahill
    3 years
  • Craig Swalwell
Renewing Members
  • Kim Niles
    (1992)
  • Laure Guisinger
    (1993)
  • Quinn Fairchild
    (1996)
  • Irene Reeves
    (1997)
  • Joe Henscheid
    (2004)
  • Vince Hanrahan
    (2005)
  • Matt & Rachel Woods
    (2005)
  • Donna Rosenbaum
    (2006)
  • George Roby
    (2011) – 3 years
  • Chrerish Anderson
    (2013)
  • Abu BS Timbo
    (2013) – 3 years
  • Steve Shafer
    (2014) – 3 years
  • Craig Kelinson
    (2015)
  • Faye & Roger Brown
    (2016) – 3 years
  • James A Culbert
    (2016)
  • Steve & Kathy Weeks
    (2016)
  • Kelsey Church
    (2017)
  • Chuck & Shelly Cole
    (2017)
  • Lora Fraracci
    (2017)
  • Jonann Molloy-Earp
    (2017)
  • Steve Siegrist
    (2017)
  • Daniel Thorpe
    (2017) – 3 years

 

2018 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame


Video Playlist of Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
Inductions and Performance by Jay Gillam


Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Recap Video
by Kit Lancaster / Shaky Productions


Photos by R.K. Anderson and Jen Taylor

SpringFest #2

SUNDAY – MAY 27, 2018 @ 2:00PM – ADMISSION IS FREE!
Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, DM

2:00 – 3:00 / Ducharme-Jones Band
3:30 – 5:00 / Kevin “BF” Burt (2018 IBC Winner)
5:30 – 7:00 / Paul Mayasich with Benderheads (Minnesota)
7:30 – 9:00 / Lauren Mitchell Band (Florida)

Come celebrate great music in a perfect setting at Jasper Winery, Memorial Weekend. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Wine from Jasper Winery, Beer from Madhouse Brewing, and BBQ and MORE from food vendors will be available to purchase. (Please, DO NOT bring your own alcohol, it is against Iowa State Law. Any alcohol must be purchased from the winery.)

Presented by: Central Iowa Blues Society, Fat Tuesday Productions, and Jasper Winery

Blues Education for The Next Generation


The Central Iowa Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools program for 2018 is being presented at Hoover High and its feeder schools with the main focus being five elementary schools, Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th.

We are proud to announce Kevin “BF” Burt as our Blues In The Schools clinician. Kevin recently represented Iowa in the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee where he took a record-breaking three top prizes. In addition to winning first place in the Solo/Duo category, he also won the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player and the Best Solo/Duo Guitarist.

Burt is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators–an honor given to him by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in February of 2009. Kevin is a registered artist, and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple, education through entertainment. His program has been going strong since 1994. Burt plans to continue this work as well as his community work with children and the arts.

A huge Blues thank you to Scott Davis, Ryan Rowley, and Maureen Griffin for their support at the schools level. Also the support and sponsorship from the Des Moines Public Schools, Stoney Creek Inn, Vanessa Howell, Community Partnership Coordinator, and Kelly Kretschmer, Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator.

Tax-deductible donations to support CIBS’ education programs can be made to the Carol Thomas Memorial Endowment Fund by clicking on the DONATE button in the right-hand column or mailing to:

  • Central Iowa Blues Society
    PO Box 13016
    Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

CIBS Blues Crier :: APRIL 2018


APRIL 2018

Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events

SUNDAY – APR 8, 2018 @ 5:00PM
Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

The Central Iowa Blues Society will celebrate the 2018 class of IOWA BLUES HALL of FAME inductees in a ceremony taking place at at Noce’ in Des Moines on April 8. Sumpin’ Doo! is the host band. Food by the Flying Mango. The class of 2018 includes; Vicki Price, Jay Sieleman, Ardie Dean Strutzenberg, Scot Sutherland, and Jeff Taylor. SOLD OUT


MONDAY – APR 9, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting – Matt Woods

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting!


SATURDAY – APR 14, 2018 @ 7:00PM
Noce, 1326 Walnut St, DM
The Bel Airs

Special Opening Performance by The Soul Searchers

Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, The Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf and Johnny Cash.

Performing together for more than 20 years, the Pruitt brothers’ harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene–leading one reviewer to refer to them as the “Everly Brothers of Blues”. David’s “big guitar” and Dick’s howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.


SUNDAY – APR 22, 2018 @ 6:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Too Slim & the Taildraggers

Too Slim & the Taildraggers roared out of Spokane, Washington in 1986 like a man with his hair on fire. The virtuoso guitarist, passionate singer and poetic songwriter remains possessed to play the blues his way with blockbusting power and the talent to create timeless music like his life depended on it.

If it is possible to be a natural-born guitarist, Langford fits the description.” ~ Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine


Further on up the road…

Albert Castiglia 5/6/18
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal 5/11/18
SpringFest 5/27/18
Badass Blues Broads w/ Lisa Mann • Annie Mack • Avey Grouws 6/1/18
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 7/20/18
Johnny Rawls 7/29/18
Reverend Raven 9/21/18
Plus more in the works!

Keep an eye on www.cibs.org or follow us
on Facebook for the latest announcements!


tixTickets to CIBS events available here!

NOTE: CIBS members receive their discount at the door when checking in at the venue. The discounts are a members only benefit and does not apply to tickets purchased for non-members. Become a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society  HERE ->




The Central Iowa Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools program for 2018 is being presented at Hoover High and its feeder schools with the main focus being five elementary schools – Monday, April 23rd through Friday, April 27th.

We are proud to announce Kevin “BF” Burt as our Blues In The Schools clinician. Kevin recently represented Iowa in the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee where he took a record-breaking three top prizes. In addition to winning first place in the Solo/Duo category, he also won the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player and the Best Solo/Duo Guitarist.

Burt is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top blues heritage educators–an honor given to him by Iowa Governor Chet Culver in February of 2009. Kevin is a registered artist and artist educator with the state of Iowa Arts Council. He has also written and published a classroom harmonica method book called “Just Play It: an introduction to blues harmonica.” His approach is simple, education through entertainment. His program has been going strong since 1994. Burt plans to continue this work as well as his community work with children and the arts.

A huge Blues thank you to Scott Davis, Ryan Rowley, and Maureen Griffin for their support at the schools level. Also the support and sponsorship from the Des Moines Public Schools, Stoney Creek Inn, Vanessa Howell, Community Partnership Coordinator, and Kelly Kretschmer, Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator.

Tax-deductible donations to support CIBS education programs can be made online at www.cibs.org or by mailing a check to: Central Iowa Blues Society, PO Box 13016, Des Moines, IA 50310.


Congratulations Bob Dorr!

Rep Scott Ourth, Carolyn Dorr, and Bob Dorr

Bob Dorr was honored at the Iowa state capitol March 26 for his long career in music and broadcasting in Iowa. The Iowa House and Senate passed resolutions recognizing Dorr as a cultural icon. House Resolution 108 by Ourth reads:

A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE LIFE AND WORK
OF MUSICIAN AND RADIO BROADCASTER BOB DORR

WHEREAS, Bob Dorr is a renowned Iowa bandleader, musician, and radio show host, whose career spans over forty years; and

WHEREAS, Bob Dorr began his career in music broadcasting on October 2, 1972, as an undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa, and student broadcaster for the KUNI radio station; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Dorr has been a bandleader for over 40 years, with over 36 years leading, singing, and playing harmonica at the head his beloved Blue Band, which has traversed the nation and recorded twenty-five albums, and has performed for 34 years at the Iowa State Fair; and

WHEREAS, Bob Dorr has hosted radio shows on Iowa Public Radio spanning every genre from classical to rock and blues to folk, including shows such as Progression, Folkways 1, Folkways 2, and Collage; and continues to host “Blue Avenue” for the eighth year, “Beatles Medley” for the fortieth year, and the iconic “Backtracks” for the thirty-eighth year; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Dorr was twice inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, first for his radio career in 2000, and then for his role as leader of the Blue Band in 2007, and also was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2005, and was inducted into the Quad Cities Blues Hall of Fame on March 11, 2018; NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives hereby recognizes and commends Bob Dorr as an Iowa icon and extends its profound gratitude for his lifelong dedication to, and uncommon impact on, the cultural landscape and history of the state of Iowa. Let the people of Iowa always remember and appreciate his generous and prodigious contribution in the form of musical composition, live music performance, artistic entrepreneurship, and radio broadcasting.

Check out the article in The Courier


Sumpin Doo! Saturdays

We are happy to report that Sumpin Doo! is back at it for some very limited engagements. Catch them LIVE at the Hawkeye Elks (1401 Walker Street in Des Moines) from 4-7PM on April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 21. Check out the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame display while you’re there!


2018 WBF Musician’s Swap Meet

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Frank Strong hosted the first Musician’s Swap Meet at the CIBS Winter Blues Fest. The event took place in the Waterloo Room of the downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The swap meet was open to musicians and those aspiring to become musicians. The equipment available for sale and trade included guitar amps, guitars, bass guitars, PA speakers, music CDs, and much, much more.

About 25 folks stopped by to shop and ask questions. We had six bass players stop by. The bass players outnumbered other musicians by far. Both local folks and out-of-towners visited the swap meet.

After the swap meet, Andy Cohen, the presenter at the Blues guitar workshop stopped by for an impromptu jam session.

Many thanks to John Lee Egan, a CIBS member from Huxley, who helped before, during, and after the swap meet. ~ Frank Strong


Catfish Keith Feature Interview

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame member, Catfish Keith, was featured in the March 15 issue of Blues Blast Magazine. Check out what he’s been up to in the interview with Don Wilcock HERE ->>


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ClassicHats

HighlandParkHW

leftys

LloydsCounseling

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MotorMagic2

Noce

PTB-logo

sonicfactory

SouthsieMusicStudio

vividpix

Zimms

 Contributing Friends
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Gary Jensen
  • Chris Miner
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Lucy Brown
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Ken Morse
  • Fred & Jane Koogler
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Carlotta Wilde & Alex Ozuna
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Philip Snyder
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Arlen & Beth Bloom
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Lanny Battani
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Cynthia Schaus
  • Debbie Ramsey
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Robert Economaki
  • Mary Wolfe
  • Janet Bannister
  • Mahlon Earl
  • Bryan & Karmen Church
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
  • Brian Gifford
  • Gary Mishler
  • Stevean White
  • Doug & Cindy Johnson
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Steve Flood
  • Todd & Sue Mattison
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION CHAIR
Deb Bodson

DIRECTOR & TALENT CHAIR
Philip Snyder

DIRECTOR & EDUCATION CHAIR
Steve Vasquez

DIRECTOR
Scott Kirstein

DIRECTOR
Jeff Wagner

MEDIA & MARKETING CHAIR
Jen Taylor

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME CHAIR
Bryan Church

MERCHANDISE CHAIR
Quinn Fairchild & Chrissy Rinehart

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO AT
www.cibs.org


MAILING ADDRESS
CIBS, Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org


WEB CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS
Email to dates@cibs.org


ADVERTISING info HERE

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

Special thanks to…

Baqara Inc for joining as
a Corporate member


Angels For Sam for joining as
a Corporate member


Ray Hall (1996, contributor since 2008) for renewing as a Contributing Friend


Scot & Jenipher Sutherland (1998, contributors since 2015) for renewing as Contributing Friends


Robert J Mulgrew (1996, contributor since 2016) for renewing as a Contributing Friend

Welcome New Members!
  • John Slade Burger
  • Donna Cottingham
  • David Gabel
  • Angela Reed
  • Gerry & Janet Stoll
  • Sheila von Johnson
  • Kristin Wilson & Dwight Dake
Renewing Members
  • Chris & Dean Logsdon
    (1995)
  • John & Marty Jessen
    (1998) – 3 years and thank you for the additional contribution
  • Grover Kirkman
    (1998)
  • Brad & Dawn McCloud
    (2003)
  • Brian Holtz
    (2004)
  • Gerri Lyon
    (2004) – 3 years and thank you for the additional contribution
  • Brenda Fillman- Bohall
    (2007)
  • Phillip Cottingham
    (2009)
  • Gerald Paglia
    (2011)
  • Mike Pender
    (2013)
  • Carla Mickael
    (2014) – 3 years
  • Steve & Marilyn Coleman
    (2015) – 3 years
  • James Colbert
    (2016)
  • Paul Gibson
    (2016) – 3 years
  • Kevin Allen & Terry McCabe
    (2017)
  • Marlene & Ray Dominick
    (2017)
  • Kristi Maples
    (2017) – 3 years
  • Doug & Stacy Wike
    (2017) – 3 years

 

24th Winter Blues Fest – Video & Photos

24th Winter Blues Fest – Video Playlists
Jay Gilliam captured and compiled a playlist of videos
from each of the Winter Blues Fest performers

 


24th Winter Blues Fest – Photos
by Jen Taylor & Kit Lancaster

CIBS Blues Crier :: MARCH 2018


MARCH 2018

Upcoming Central Iowa Blues Society Events

Jensen is a solid guitarist, phrasing deftly with just enough macho to make the boys happy and just enough lyricism to make the girls swoon… not to mention he actually knows how to dress on stage.” — Rob Cullivan (Portland Tribune)

Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Jeff Jensen Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence. Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight & sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself as he wrenches stark, biting six-string explosions from his guitar. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making. At first, the sheer emotional force he creates can be a bit overwhelming. Then you realize that all art is an expression of the soul, of the power of the life-giving force that created the universe. And Jeff feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night. After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion.

www.jeffjensenband.com


CIBS Membership Meeting at Hawkeye Elks Lodge, 1401 Walker St, Des Moines – CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting!


Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.” – Rolling Stone

Blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis will celebrate the release of his powerful new CD, WINNING HAND, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, with a live performance on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Lefty’s Live Music in Des Moines. Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best loved, hardest working and most well-traveled statesmen.

Ellis unleashes a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the passion of urban blues.” – Los Angeles Times

www.tinsleyellis.com


Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo. She even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing.” – Los Angeles Times

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

Carolyn grew up the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother’s vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She’s gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings Alcohol & Salvation, Bloodless Revolution, and more recently, Miss Understood and Peace Meal.

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion.

From appearances on PBS’s Austin City Limits to top slots at major festivals around the world, Wonderland’s live shows leave a trail of screaming fans in its wake.

A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too!” – Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

www.carolynwonderland.com


An expert channeler of old-time blueswomen.” – NPR

Eden Brent is much more than her signature boogie-woogie piano and juke-joint blues holler. She is a celebrated songwriter and dynamic performer, with numerous nominations and awards including eleven Blues Music Award nominations since 2009 and three BMA trophies. Her most recent Yellow Dog Records album, Jigsaw Heart was nominated for BMA Acoustic Album of the Year, continuing a streak of nominations for her last three albums.

A force to reckon with…sultry, hot and cool.” – Wall Street Journal

www.edenbrent.com


Further on up the road…

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame 4/8/18
The Bel Airs 4/14/18
Too Slim & the Taildraggers 4/22/18
Albert Castiglia 5/6/18
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal 5/11/18
SpringFest #2 5/27/18
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band 7/20/18
Plus more in the works!

Keep an eye on www.cibs.org or follow us
on Facebook for the latest announcements!


tixTickets to CIBS events available here!

NOTE: CIBS members receive their discount at the door when checking in at the venue. The discounts are a members only benefit and does not apply to tickets purchased for non-members. Become a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society  HERE ->



24th Winter Blues Fest

The 24th Winter Blues Fest is now history and a wonderful memory. Thank you to all the performers, fans, sponsors, and especially the volunteers for making it another memorable event! Sending a special shout out to a few volunteers who really went the extra mile this year… Lynette Webster (Saturday Admissions Supervisor), Sandy Berkland (Friday Admissions Supervisor), Brian Pierson (Equipment Load Director), Quinn Fairchild and Chrissy Rinehart (Merchandise Assist), Bob Economaki (Emcee), T-Bone (Emcee), and Greg Sutherland (Jam Master) — THANK YOU!!!

 
Video Playlists – Jay Gilliam captured and compiled a
playlist of videos from each night of the Fest

…a mess of Winter Blues Fest photos
click the thumbnails to view the images from Jen & Kit

 

There are still a few Winter Blues Fest tees left. You can pick
one up at a bargain price of $10 at one of our upcoming shows!


Congratulations to the Winter Blues Fest Drawing Winners!
Each won a pair of concert tickets.

New Members
Sue Simons (John Hiatt)
Jim Heng (Jonny Lang)
Laurie Johnson (Robert Cray)

Current Members
Shannon Dario (Robert Cray)
Rodney Nelson (John Hiatt)
Deb Dillman (Jonny Lang)

 

Kevin “B.F” Burt

When you win the International Blues Challenge the buzz
just keeps on… here’s some recent Kevin “B.F.” Burt news.

Blues Blast Magazine Feature
click to check it out

 

Interview on IPR’s Talk of Iowa
click to listen

 

CIBS President, Scott Allen, presents Kevin with an honorary membership.
PHOTO BY JIM HEEMSTRA

 

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

The Central Iowa Blues Society will celebrate the 2018 class of IOWA BLUES HALL of FAME inductees in a ceremony taking place at at Noce’ in Des Moines on April 8. The class of 2018 includes; Vicki Price, Jay Sieleman, Ardie Dean Strutzenberg, Scot Sutherland, and Jeff Taylor.

 

MORE SHOWS & EVENTS HERE
send calendar submissions to dates@cibs.org

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 Contributing Friends
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Gary Jensen
  • Chris Miner
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Lucy Brown
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Ken Morse
  • Fred & Jane Koogler
  • Ray Hall
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Carlotta Wilde & Alex Ozuna
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Philip Snyder
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Arlen & Beth Bloom
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Lanny Battani
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Cynthia Schaus
  • Debbie Ramsey
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Robert Economaki
  • Mary Wolfe
  • Janet Bannister
  • Mahlon Earl
  • Bryan & Karmen Church
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
  • Brian Gifford
  • Gary Mishler
  • Stevean White
  • Doug & Cindy Johnson
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Steve Flood
  • Todd & Sue Mattison
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

DIRECTOR & PRODUCTION CHAIR
Deb Bodson

DIRECTOR & TALENT CHAIR
Philip Snyder

DIRECTOR & EDUCATION CHAIR
Steve Vasquez

DIRECTOR
Scott Kirstein

DIRECTOR
Jeff Wagner

MEDIA & MARKETING CHAIR
Jen Taylor

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE CHAIR
Jeff Duskin

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME CHAIR
Bryan Church

MERCHANDISE CHAIR
Quinn Fairchild & Chrissy Rinehart

Contact Us

CONTACT INFO AT
www.cibs.org


MAILING ADDRESS
CIBS, Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org


CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS
Email to dates@cibs.org


ADVERTISING info HERE

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

Special thanks to…

Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh for
joining as Contributing Friends


Robert J Mulgrew (1996, contributor since 2016) for renewing as a Contributing Friend


Highland Park Hardware (2000) for
renewing their Corporate membership


Club 2000 (2016) for renewing
their Corporate membership


Scotty & the Wingtips (2017) for
renewing their Corporate membership

Welcome New Members!
  • Amy Sue Alesch
  • Sheila Bergan
  • Julie Bivans
  • David, Tammy & Matt Blakekey
  • Stephanie Thomson Bowers
  • Bill & Sandy Boyd
  • Bethany Brown
  • Betty Ann Buss
  • Andy Cohen
  • Michael Dudley Deay
  • Jerry Franker
  • Beth Goedken
  • Jim, Yolanda, Alaina, Briana & Brycen Heng
  • Steph Jessen & Mo Knupp
  • Laurie Johnson
  • June Keating
  • Bob & Jan Ketchum
  • Marie Kresse & David, Stephen & Erin Elliott
  • Clint, Adrea & Clark Murray
  • Paula Olander
  • Bob & Sue Simons
  • Chris Sutliff
  • Dawn Valentine & Terry Smith
  • Mark Wenzel
  • Paul Winget
  • Carmen Wood – 3 years
Renewing Members
  • Serena James
    (1993) – 3 years
  • Ted & Jule Reynolds
    (1993) – 3 years
  • Paul Houston
    (1996)
  • Thomas McBride
    (1996)
  • Kathy Battles
    (1997)
  • Jeff Tomlin & Deb Dillman
    (1997)
  • Mary Wolfe
    (1997)
  • John Masolini
    (1998) – 3 years
  • Lorraine Overhouse
    (1998)
  • Eric Leedom
    (1999)
  • Candice Crane
    (2003)
  • Sandra Berkland
    (2007)
  • Al Burney
    (2009) – 3 years
  • M.D. Vos & Ginger Snook
    (2012) – 3 years
  • Frank Madonia Jr
    (2015)
  • Greg, Dawn & Madison Colvin
    (2016) – 3 years
  • Renee Dalrymple
    (2016)
  • Doug Farris
    (2016)
  • Tamera Page
    (2016)
  • Stevan Robinson
    (2016)
  • Charlotte A S Shnurman
    (2016)
  • Steve & N. Susan Treanor
    (2016)
  • Diane Hoffman
    (2017)
  • Edward & Bonnie Logan
    (2017)

 

McMurrin and Lumbard 2018 Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees!

 

Big congratulations to two Iowa Blues Hall of Fame members who will be inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 — Dennis “Daddy-O” McMurrin (Lifetime achievement) and Rob Lumbard (Individual artist). The inductions will take place September 1-2, 2018.

Kevin “B.F.” Burt wins big at the International Blues Challenge!

photo by Roger Stephenson

Iowa City blues musician Kevin B.F. Burt was the winner of the Solo/Duo competition at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC), presented by the Blues Foundation, on Saturday evening.  In addition, he won the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award for Most Promising Acoustic Act.  Kevin was among 235 bands & solo/duo acts from around the world entered into the 5 day event on Beale Street, which in addition to the IBC competition, also features an International Showcase, a Youth Showcase and the annual Keeping the Blues Alive awards.

Kevin got the opportunity to participate in the IBC by virtue of winning the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC) Solo/Duo competition in September, presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society in Des Moines and co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in Davenport, the South Skunk Blues Society in Newton and the Southeast Iowa Blues Society in Fairfield.  (In 2018 the Linn County Blues Society in Cedar Rapids will also be an IABC co-sponsor.)

This was Kevin’s second opportunity to participate in the IBC.  In 1995, he and his band the Blues Instigators represented the Central Iowa Blues Society at what was known then as the International Blues Talent Competition.

photo by Roger Stephenson

Videos of Kevin’s preliminary round performances on Wednesday & Thursday nights at Lew’s Blue Note Bar & Grill, his semi-finals performance on Friday at Peoples on Beale and his finals performance on Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre can be seen on the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/centraliowabluessociety/

The Iowa entry in the Band category, the Avey Grouws Band – Jeni Grouws from Decorah and Chris Avey, Bryan West, Randy Leasman and Andrew Durham from the Quad Cities, advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated.

The Redwoods, a youth act from Omaha/Council Bluffs was sponsored by CIBS in the Youth Showcase.

More about the International Blues Challenge HERE ->>

 

2018 Botanical Blues

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Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest. All concerts run from 2 – 4 p.m. every Sunday from January through March.

2018 Botanical Blues Concerts

Jan. 7: Bob Pace
Jan. 14: Scott Davis and John Mattingly
Jan. 21: Cindy Grill and Alan Smith
Jan. 28: J.D. Flanagan and Pat Hemann
Feb. 4: Brian “Taz” Grant
Feb. 11: Brad “bebad” McCloud
Feb. 18: Eastside Brothers
Feb. 25: The Blue 2: Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen
March 4: Brian Holtz and Grover Kirkman
March 11: Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell
March 18 :Bryce Janey
March 25: Matt Woods

Concerts are free with cost of admission to the Botanical Garden.

Botanical Blues is a “Freight Train” Frank Strong Production.

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