Mike Farris - March 6!

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.

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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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International Blues Challenge #33


2017 International Blues Challenge will be January 31-February 4, 2017. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds February 1-4 in venues located on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets sales for the 33rd International Blues Challenge are officially open!


Davy Knowles & the Steepwater Band at Des Moines Social Club on November 4!

Join us Friday, November 4 for an awesome double-bill show with Davy Knowles and the Steepwater Band! Show time is 8PM at the Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater, 901 Cherry St, Des Moines. $20 general public / $15 CIBS members

tixFormer BACK DOOR SLAM frontman DAVY KNOWLES is touring in support of his latest studio album “The Outsider”, his upcoming film documentary “Island Bound” and a series of new blues recordings.

The Steepwater Band will open the show followed by Davy Knowles’ band. Encore may feature both bands jamming!

My favorite modern bluesman”
JOE SATRIANI on Davy Knowles

Not only do these longhairs know their Johnny Winter and their Johnnie Walker, they sure as shootin’ dish it out in a nuclear hoedown of dirty fuzztone lead and slide guitar riffs.”
CREEM MAGAZINE on the Steepwater Band


Samantha Fish at Lefty’s on October 16!

Join us at Lefty’s Live Music Sunday, October 16 for Samantha Fish!
Amanda Fish (Samantha’s Sister) plays an opening set starting at 6PM.

tixTickets $20 general public / $15 CIBS members
(members will receive discount at the door for tickets purchased online)


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2017 Winter Blues Fest


Online ticket sales have closed.
Tickets available at the door for $30.

Friday, February 10 2017 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 5:00-6:15
Heath Alan and Justin Appel

Des Moines Room 7:00-8:15
Paul “Mayo” Mayasich

10:30-12:30 Brandon Santini

Saturday, February 11 2017 – Schedule
Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
1:00-3:00 pmFREE Guitar Workshop & Round Table with Andy Cohen – a virtuoso finger-style guitarist who has been described as “a walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” Everyone is welcome! Great way to spend the afternoon before the fest!

Lobby Lounge 4:00-5:00
Bare Bones
Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner

Rock River Lounge 5:00-6:15 Dewey Cantrell

Salon D
2nd floor
Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

Mark Cameron Band
Minnesota Blues Challenge Winner

Salon E
2nd floor
Tim Budig Band
Nebraska Blues Challenge Winner

JC Anderson Band

11:30-??? Scotty & the Wingtips
Hosts the After Hours Jam
after an hour long set

Dubuque Room
3rd floor
5:15-6:45 Shane Johnson’s Blue Train

Scottie Miller Band

10:15-12:15 Davina & the Vagabonds

Des Moines Room
3rd floor
5:30-7:00 Jeff Banks Band
Iowa Blues Challenge Band Winner

Toronzo Cannon

11:00-1:00 Ronnie Baker Brooks


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

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Blues Fest Rate $119 – SOLD OUT
The Blues Fest rate block of rooms are sold out but there
is still availability at their regular rates – 515-245-5500

CALL 1-800-634-3838 and request the
group block good through February 10th – 13th

In addition for those that like to be pampered we’ve
arranged 10 rooms for both Friday and Saturday night
at the DesLux Hotel in Des Moines for $189 a night.
This is also a discounted rate for WBF attendee’s.
You can find those rooms HERE.

John Németh at Lefty’s on October 7!

Join us at Lefty’s Live Music Friday, October 7 for John NémethHeath Alan & Justin Appel play an opening set at 7PM. Tickets at the door are $20 for general public and $15 CIBS members. See you there!

Németh is one of the finest young additions to the soul blues scene.” ~ AllMusic


Németh has been bringing in new fans by the bushel. … Németh is the fastest rising star in the blues firmament, a supremely versatile performer who has made true believers of some of the biggest names in the business.” ~ Seattle Times

Classic soul and R&B styles have been revitalized in recent years by a cadre of young and relatively young artists such as James Hunter, Eli ”Paperboy” Reed, and Sharon Jones. You can include John Németh on any list of the best of them.” ~ Philadelphia Inquirer