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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.

 

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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

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

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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


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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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2018 Webster-Wagner Scholarship

The application period for the Webster-Wagner Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year opens on November 15, 2017 and continues until April 1, 2018. The $500 grant recipient will be announced on or about May 14, 2018.

DOWNLOAD THE WEBSTER-WAGNER SCHOLARSHIP FACT SHEET

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 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 three years as CIBS Treasurer and three years as President, Jeff became the managing owner of Blues on Grand.  In that capacity, “Dr. Doubt” became ineligible to hold elected office in CIBS, however he continued to serve as Chair of the Finance & Fundraising committee until 2013.  Jeff is also a former member of the Blues Foundation Board of Directors.  In recognition of their years of service, and in culmination of a goal of the society since its inception, the Central Iowa Blues Society is proud to announce the establishment in 2013 of the Webster-Wagner Scholarship, a $500 annual grant to assist in the education of a young person showing an interest in or aptitude for America’s original musical art form, the blues.

2018 Winter Blues Fest

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Advance Tickets $45 Weekend Pass – or – $20/Friday and $30/Saturday
At the door admission goes up $5. CIBS Members receive $5 discount on Weekend Pass only.

Information

Admissions & Will Call – 1st Floor
(Open 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday)
Volunteer Check-In – 2nd Floor
Merchandise – 3rd Floor

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE SCHEDULE HERE ->

Friday, Feb 9 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 5:00-6:15
6:30-7:30
Bryce Janey


Dubuque Room
3rd Floor
7:00-8:30 Eric Jerardi


9:00-11:00 Anthony Gomes


Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
7:30-9:00 Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys


9:30-11:30  Jason Ricci


Saturday Afternoon Extras!

Guitar Workshop with Andy Cohen
Des Moines Room
3rd Floor 1-3PM
Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” Everyone is welcome! 

Musicians Swap Meet
Waterloo Room
3rd Floor 1-4PM
All are invited to bring music equipment for sale or swap. Guitars, amps, drums, pedals, etc… Hosted by Frank Strong
frank@frankstrong.net

Saturday, Feb 10 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 4:00-5:30
6:00-7:00
Kevin “BF” Burt
2018 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner!


7:30-9:00 Andy Cohen


Rock River Lounge
2nd floor
5:30-6:30
7:00-8:00
Aaron Earl Short


Salon D
2nd floor
5:00-6:30 Rex Granite Band w/Sarah Benck
Nebraska Blues Challenge Winner


7:00-9:00 Heath Alan Band


9:30-11:30 Ken Valdez
Minnesota Blues Challenge Winner


Salon E
2nd floor
5:30-7:00
7:30-8:30
Taylor Smith Band
Kansas City Blues Challenge Winner


9:00-10:30
11:00-12:00
Avey/Grouws Band
Iowa Blues Challenge Band Winner


Dubuque Room
3rd floor
5:00-6:30 Malcolm Wells & the Two-Timers


7:00-9:00 Kilborn Alley Blues Band


9:30-10:30 Scotty & the Wingtips


10:30-??? OPEN JAM


Des Moines Room
3rd floor
6:00-7:30 Amanda Fish Band


8:00-9:30 Grand Marquis


10:00-11:30 Steepwater Band


12:00-1:30 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal


 

Where: Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

 

Lodging

MARRIOTT HOTEL

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
Blues Fest Group Rate of $125 is available for a limited
number of rooms. Book online HERE or call 515-245-5500


RENAISSANCE DES MOINES SAVERY HOTEL

401 Locust St, Des Moines  IA  50309
Blues Fest Group Rate of $129 is available for a
limited 
number of rooms. Book online HERE


HYATT PLACE DES MOINES/DOWNTOWN

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Blues Fest Group Rate of $139 is available for a
limited 
number of rooms. Book online HERE

 

International Blues Challenge #34 – Jan 16-20 2018


 

Congratulations to Kevin “BF” Burt (solo) and the Avey Grouws Band (band)! They will represent Iowa in Memphis at The Blues Foundation’s 34th International Blues Challenge. Join us in January where they will showcase their talent on Beale Street! Click HERE to learn more about the International Blues Challenge.

CIBS 25th Anniversary Party!

Video & Photo Recap!

Sunday, October 22nd, we celebrated our 25th anniversary with some of Iowa’s very best blues on a perfect fall day at the Des Moines Social Club! Commemorative tees flew off the shelves along with lots of other cool merchandise. We processed gobs of membership renewals and signed up many new members. Each of the performances were recorded and there’s a strong possibility we’ll be releasing a 25th Anniversary CD… stay tuned for that. Media volunteers, Jay and Jen, were on hand to capture video and photos of the event. Check it out!



CIBS 25th Anniversary Party!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ The Des Moines Social Club
FREE EVENT!

Join us for a incredible day of celebrating CIBS 25th year with some of the very best blues Iowa has to offer. We’ll have brand new CIBS 25th Anniversary t-shirts, four food trucks, a great selection of beverages available, and more surprises. We’ll use the outdoor courtyard stage if weather permits. Alternately, we’ll use both inside stages.

THE MUSIC

  • Bob Pace Band
    (12 – 1:30)
  • The Soul Searchers
    (1:30 – 3:00)
  • Malcolm Wells & The Two Timers
    (3:00 – 4:30)
  • JC Anderson Band Revisited with JC, Doug Johnson, Terri Benson, Tom Murphy, and Scott Dawson
    (4:00 – 5:30)
  • Iowa Blues Hall of Fame All Star Band withBob Dorr, Dan “DJ” Johnson, Tom Giblin, Jeff Petersen, Del “Saxman” Jones,  and Sam Salomone
    (5:30 – 7:00)
  • All Star Finale Jam!
    (7 – 9)

PARKING

Plenty of FREE parking. Here’s a handy guide ->

 

2017 Iowa Blues Challenge

Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

Saturday, September 16 – 5 pm @ Des Moines Social Club
Finals presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

SOLO / DUO

  • Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische (5:00-5:30)
  • Freight Train Frank Strong (5:45-6:15)
  • Kevin B.F. Burt (6:30-7:00) – WINNER

THE BANDS

  • Blue Scratch (7:15-7:45)
  • Avey Grouws Band (8:00-8:30) – WINNER
  • Hound Dog Shy (8:45-9:15)
Solo/Duo Preliminaries

Sunday, July 16 – 5 pm @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
Des Moines Prelim presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

$10 (or $5 for any current Iowa Blues Society member)

  • Friends & Neighbors (5:00 – 5:30)
  • Rob Lumbard (5:45-6:15)
  • Aaron Earl Short (6:30-7:00)
  • Kevin B.F. Burt (7:15-7:45) – finalist

Saturday, August 6 @ Rock Island Brewing Co
Quad Cities Prelim presented by Mississippi Valley Blues Society

  • Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische – finalist
  • Juliana Logan
  • Concreteslim

Fairfield Prelim presented by Southeast Iowa Blues Society

  • Freight Train Frank Strongwill advance to the IABC Solo/Duo Finals since there is only one participant in Fairfield 
Band Preliminaries

Thursday, July 20 – 7:30 pm @ Lefty’s Live Music
Des Moines Prelim presented by Central Iowa Blues Society

$10 (or $5 for any current Iowa Blues Society member)

  • Scotty & the Wingtips (7:30-8:00)
  • Avey Grouws Band (8:15-8:45) – finalist

Saturday, August 6 @ Rock Island Brewing Co
Quad Cities Prelim presented by Mississippi Valley Blues Society

  • Blue Scratch – finalist
  • Juliana & a Soul Purpose
  • Reggie & the Three Notes

Grinnell Prelim presented by South Skunk Blues Society

  • Hound Dog Shywill advance to the IABC Band Finals since there is only one participant in Grinnell

 

Freight Train Frank Strong

Friends & Neighbors

Aaron Earl Short

Rob Lumbard

 

Kevin “B.F.” Burt

Bruce Kort & Forrest Rische

Juliana Logan

Concreteslim

Hound Dog Shy

Scotty & the Wingtips

 

Avey Grouws Band

Juliana & A Soul Purpose

Reggie & the Three Notes

Blue Scratch

The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly Sponsored by

Budweiser

Exile Brewing

Junior’s Motel

Rieman Music

VividPix & Design

Des Moines Social Club

Iowa Public Radio

Mississippi Valley Blues Society

South Skunk Blues Society

Southeast Iowa Blues Society

and presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society