SpringFest May 28 - FREE EVENT!

SpringFest May 28 – FREE EVENT!

Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Pkwy, DM

2:00 – 3:00 / Rob Lumbard
3:30 – 5:00 / Amanda Fish
5:30 – 7:00 / The Bel Airs
7:30 – 9:00 / Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

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.)


… a video playlist from the event
(from Jay Gilliam)

Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration for the Class of 2016 will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Noce (1326 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA). The new inductees are: Ellis Kell, Tony Blew, Dan “DJ” Johnson, J. C. Anderson, and Fletcher Henderson “Sonny” Lott.

Sumpin’ Doo – host band
Food by Flying Mango

Doors Open and Food at 5pm
Sumpin’ Doo 6 – 6:30 Induction Ceremony follows.
IBHOF Jam following Induction Ceremony until 10pm

… a few photos from the event
(from Jen Taylor & Kit Lancaster)

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Curtis Salgado

The Curtis Salgado show scheduled for March 19 at Noce in Des Moines, IA is cancelled. We hope to reschedule at a later date. Advance ticket holders will be credited. Central Iowa Blues Society wishes Curtis a full and speedy recovery!


Award-winning soul and blues singer Curtis Salgado will undergo triple bypass surgery at a Lebanon, New Hampshire area hospital on Friday, March 10, 2017. Salgado was admitted to the hospital on March 7 after what doctors described as a mild heart attack. A cardio catheterization revealed arterial blockage. Please keep Curtis in your thoughts and prayers!

“We expect the surgery to be successful and anticipate a full recovery,” according to Salgado’s manager Shane Tappendorf. An update will be sent out after surgery.

Join us Sunday, March 19 for Curtis Salgado with a special opening solo performance by Danielle Nicole! Showtime is 6 PM at Noce, 1326 Walnut St.

$25 General Public / $20 CIBS Members – TICKETS
(members receive their discount at the door)
All Ages until 9PM

With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.” Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity  performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music. He’s a multiple Blues Music Award winner (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) and currently nominated for three more! www.curtissalgado.com

Inspired, powerful R&B showcases Salgado’s exceptional range and muscular, soulful vocals” – Billboard

Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R&B…one of the most soulful, honest singers ever” – Blues Revue

Danielle Nicole (Solo) opens the show!

23rd Winter Blues Fest – Photos & Video

Winter Blues Fest – Video Playlist
by Jay Gilliam captured and compiled a playlist of videos
from each of the Winter Blues Fest performers

Winter Blues Fest – Photos
by Kit Lancaster


Winter Blues Fest – Photos
by Jen Taylor

Mike Farris – March 6!

Join us Monday, March 6 for an evening with Mike Farris! Showtime is 6 PM at Noce, 1326 Walnut St.

$25 General Public / $20 CIBS Members
(members receive their discount at the door)
All Ages until 9PM

Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album.


…a gospel-fueled voice that sounds like a cross between the hard rock blast of Bon Scott and the joyful sweetness of Al Green “ – ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Never have I had so many people pitching me on an artist, and not I’m not talking just his people. Retailers, TV executives, other journalists and a array of music-loving folks have called or e-mailed or shoved a CD in my hand…“ – BILLBOARD

Mike Farris sings blue-eyed soul to soothe the spirit.” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap… He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” – MARY GAUTHIER

Farris surrounds himself with a heavenly soundtrack that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with Farris’ smoldering vocals and clear message of redemption.” – HARP

The Bel Airs – March 4!

Join us Saturday, March 4 for the Bel Airs with a special opening performance by The Soul Searchers! Showtime is 7 PM (doors at 6PM) at Noce, 1326 Walnut St. $20 general public / $15 CIBS members. All Ages until 9PM.

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.

?Living on the road and playing clubs from “Austin to Boston”, the Bel Airs are carrying on the tradition of American Rhythm and Blues. The band is fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars. Growing up on country soul and rock-n-roll, the Pruitt brothers have developed a harmony vocal style all their own. They have been performing together for more than 30 years, wowing audiences nightly with their unique brand of music- leading one reviewer to refer to them as the “Everly Brothers of Blues.”

With four acclaimed albums and performances at festivals and night clubs across the USA as well as England, France, Belgium and Spain, the band continues to travel extensively. The Bel Airs’ musical approach and superbly crafted showmanship make for a more than memorable concert whenever they appear.

Get tickets here!


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2017 Webster-Wagner Scholarship

The application period for the Webster-Wagner Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year opens on December 15, 2016 and continues until April 15, 2017.  The $500 grant recipient will be announced on or about June 1, 2017.

Click Here to Download W-W 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.


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2017 Botanical Blues


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.

2017 Botanical Blues Concerts

January 8      Bob Pace
January 15    Scott Davis and John Mattingly
January 22    Cindy Grill and Alan Smith
January 29    J.D. Flannigan and Pat Hemann

February 5     Super Blues Sunday – Tina Haase-Findley and Branden Findley
February12    eastside Brothers
February 19   Bob Dorr and Jeff Petersen
February 26   Brian Holtz and Grover Kirkman of the Brian Holtz Band

March 5         Brad “bebad” McCloud and his Case of the Blues
March 12       Gil and George Davis
March 19       Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell
March 26       Matt Woods

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

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

Danielle Nicole Band at Des Moines Social Club on November 27!

tixJoin us Sunday, November 27 for the Danielle Nicole Band! Showtime is 7 PM (doors at 6PM) at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater, 901 Cherry St, Des Moines. $15 general public / $10 CIBS member. All Ages until 9PM.


Her powerful vocals and dynamic stage presence have played a major role in her success, helping the band earn numerous awards over the years, including “Best Instrumentalist-Bass” at the Blues Music Awards, being the first female to ever claim that BMA title. Drawing comparisons to Susan Tedeschi and Etta James, Danielle is primed to be a powerhouse in the music industry for years to come. Danielle will be joined on stage by her powerhouse blues band which inlcudes: Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic on the soulful keys, Brandon Miller on ripping lead guitar, and Jan Faircloth keeping rhytmn on the drums. A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there’s not a time in her life that singer/bassist/songwriter Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) doesn’t remember loving to perform.

As founding member and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole Schnebelen spent years growing her fan base worldwide. Stepping out on her own, Danielle Nicole expands on the raw, gritty, blues sound she created as part of TUF by adding distinct flares of R&B and soul to her music.

To help polish her sound but maintain the blues-rock edge that defines her, the singer brought on, GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist, Anders Osborne to produce and record her debut solo album, Wolf Den, on Concord Records.

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