Minutes - February 2016

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Dine To Donate at Granite City on Feb. 11th

Granite City Food & Brewery, 12801 University Ave in Clive is once again extending a Dine To Donate opportunity on Thursday, February 11th (what a way to get warmed up for the Winter Blues Fest!!)  This time around, Granite City will be generously donating 20% of your tab to CIBS if you present a Dine to Donate Flyer.


Rob Lumbard Wins Best Self Produced CD at 2016 IBC

Blues in a Bottle by Rob Lumbard (sponsored by CIBS) was selected by the Blues Foundation as the Best Self Produced CD at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Rob was joined by fellow central Iowan Matt Woods, whose Sawdust and Gasoline disc was also one of the five finalists.  In addition to an impressive plaque, Rob also received a $1,000 cash prize and his disc will receive airplay on Music Choice (on satellite & cable TV) as well as on the radio shows of the DJ judges of the Blues Foundation.  CIBS congratulates Rob on this fantastic (and now award-winning) effort.  It is truly well deserved!!!


Rob is congratulated by Blues Foundation COO Joe Whitmer and President/CEO Barbara Newman at the IBC Finals in the Orpheum Theatre
photo by Jen Taylor

BSPCD Finalists:
Rob Lumbard – Blues in a Bottle (Central Iowa Blues Society) – WINNER

Matt Woods – Sawdust and Gasoline (South Skunk Blues Society)
John Maxwell – Blues for Evangeline (Golden Gate Blues Society)
Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta (Montreal Blues Society)
Lloyd Spiegel – Double Live Set (Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society)

Matt Woods CD advances to Final round of BSPCD judging

Sawdust and Gasoline by Matt Woods (sponsored by the South Skunk Blues Society) has advanced to the final round of judging in the Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD competition.  Matt is joined by fellow Central Iowan Rob Lumbard, whose Blues in a Bottle CD (sponsored by CIBS) is also a finalist, as well as 3 other submissions.  The winner will be announced at the International Blues Challenge Finals at the Orpheum Theatre on January 30th.  CIBS is incredibly proud of both Matt and Rob and wishes both the best of luck in bringing a win back to Iowa!!

Rob Lumbard – Blues in a Bottle (Central Iowa Blues Society)
Matt Woods – Sawdust and Gasoline (South Skunk Blues Society)
John Maxwell – Blues for Evangeline (Golden Gate Blues Society)
Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta (Montreal Blues Society)
Lloyd Spiegel – Double Live Set (Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society)

CIBS named 2016 KBA award recipient

The Central Iowa Blues Society is honored to be named a recipient of a Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) award for 2016 by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.  KBAs are awarded annually to non-performer individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to the Blues world.  Selection of recipients is conducted by a select panel of blues industry professionals.  Representatives of CIBS will be presented with the award at a recognition luncheon on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Memphis as part of the week-long International Blues Challenge festivities.

2016 Keeping the Blues Alive award recipients:

  • Chenango Blues Fest
  • Noel Hayes
  • Eric Suher
  • Sharon McConnell-Dickerson
  • Central Iowa Blues Society
  • Fred Delforge
  • Todd Glazer
  • Cahors Blues Festival
  • Yellow Dog Records
  • Erik Lindahl
  • KZUM Radio
  • Scott Cvelbar
  • Darwin;s Burgers & Blues
  • Alan Govenar
  • Greg Johnson

2016 Winter Blues Fest


2016 Winter Blues Fest Schedule


5:30 pm Admissions & Will Call open 3rd floor
6:00 – 7:00 Private Buffet/Reception Dubuque Room
7:30 – 9:30 IBHOF Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony Des Moines Room
10:00 – 1:00 John Primer Des Moines Room


2nd floor 4:00 pm Admissions & Will Call open
Lobby 4:00-5:00
Matt Woods
Rock River Lounge
2nd floor
Rob Lumbard
IBHOF Class of 2015 Inductee
Salon D
2nd floor
The Soul Searchers
Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea
Minnesota Blues Challenge
Salon E
2nd floor
The Hector Anchondo Band
Nebraska Blues Challenge
Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats
Kansas City Blues Challenge
11:30-12:30 Scotty & the Wingtips
12:30-??? After Hours Jam hosted by
Scotty & the Wingtips
Dubuque Room
3rd floor
5:15-6:45 Tina Haase-Findlay & Brandon Findlay
Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo
The Butter Cow Blues Band
Candye Kane
Des Moines Room
3rd floor
5:30-7:00 The Blue Band feat. Jeff Petersen
IBHOF Class of 2015 Inductee
Danielle Nicole Band
11:00-1:00 The Chris O’Leary Band


  • FRIDAY ONLY + BUFFET (CIBS members) $45
  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY $40 (save $5)
  • FRIDAY + BUFFET & SATURDAY (CIBS members) $65 (save $5)
  • BUFFET ONLY (IBHOF members w/VIP pass) $25

Please note: Children 12 and under free if accompanied by a parent. Two-day tickets and Buffet tickets are only available for purchase in advance. Admission at the door is $20 Friday and $25 Saturday. Buffet ticket purchase is restricted to CIBS and IBHOF members and the invited guests of inductees and must be purchased by Friday, February 5, 2016. CIBS membership can also be purchased at the CIBS website. Advance ticket sales will end at 5 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Advance tickets will be available for pickup at the Will Call table beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday (3rd floor in front of Des Moines room) or at 4 pm on Saturday (2nd floor near Salon D). Please bring a copy of your receipt, paper printout or digital copy on your phone, or be prepared to show a photo ID. If you are purchasing tickets as a gift, please list the name of the authorized recipient in the comments section when placing your order. Advance tickets are only refundable in the case of event cancellation.

Hotel Rooms

The block of rooms available at special WBF rates on Saturday at the Marriott has SOLD OUT!!

The Hyatt Place Downtown, 418 6th Avenue (one block east of the Marriott & accessible via the Skywalk) is offering us a block of rooms at $119 for Saturday night only.  (515) 282-5555  Act soon, this block will likely sell out quickly too!!
UPDATE: as of Jan. 22, only 5 rooms remain available and any unused rooms will be returned on Jan. 29 so don’t delay!!

Thanks to the Sponsors

KCWI 23, Budweiser, Summit Brewing, Cityview, Downtown Des Moines Marriott,
VividPix & Design and the Central Iowa Blues Society

Press Credentials

Media outlets wishing to provide coverage of the Winter Blues Fest please contact CIBS Treasurer Jeff Duskin (jeeff@netzero.net) to obtain press credentials.

Promo Items

Download the printable poster by clicking the poster above. Click the image below to download the Facebook banner.


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Lizard Creek hosts Bernard Allison & Zac Harmon Nov. 14th

The Best Western Starlite in Ft. Dodge will be the hip & happenin’ place to be on Saturday, November 14th as our friends at the Lizard Creek Blues Society will be hosting TWO superstar blues acts – Bernard Allison and Zac Harmon.  Doors open at 6 pm for the 7 pm show.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and additional information is available at www.lizardcreekblues.org.

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Blues on Grand Rewind features Jason Ricci at Lefty’s

On Sunday, November 22nd at 7 pm Lefty’s Live Music will step back in time by presenting one of the most popular acts to take the stage at BOG with the Blues on Grand Rewind featuring 2010 Blues Music Award winner (Best Harmonica Player) Jason Ricci.  Jason also contributed his talents to Johnny Winter’s Grammy winning 2014 album Step Back.  Not sure if there will be dancing on the bar, but it’s a sure bet that you’ll see many familiar faces and the tequila will be flowing in the vicinity of Doc’s table!  Admission is $10.

bog rewind

CIBS Dine to Donate Day at Granite City

You can enjoy an evening of food, drink and fun and support CIBS at the same time on Thursday, December 3rd at Granite City Food & Brewery, 12801 University Ave. in Clive.  Print off a flyer from the CIBS website and bring it with you and 10% of your entire check will be donated to CIBS (Including to-go orders & gift card purchases!)  The CIBS Board has decided to use this occasion for its holiday party so you will be among many friends.


2001 IBC Champ Richard Johnston plays Autism benefit at Lefty’s


Richard Johnston, 2001 International Blues Challenge champion & winner of the Albert King award, will be bringing his hill country blues to Lefty’s Live Music on Friday, November 6th in a benefit for Autism.  The Cedar County Cobras will open.  Admission is $10 and more info is available at the Lefty’s Live Music website.

M-Shop welcomes Lazer Lloyd on November 3rd

lazer lloyd

Blues / rock artist Lazer Lloyd was born in New York and raised in Madison, Connecticut by a musicloving, guitar playing father with an extensive record collection of blues, folk, rock, and jazz. Lloyd’s upbringing would lead to a style that incorporated all of these influences into his emotive blues. He was playing lead guitar along the East Coast with his band Legacy by age 15. He started singing and writing songs while a music major at Skidmore College in upstate New York, where he studied under the tutelage of musicians including jazz bassist Milt Hinton and Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Randy Brecker. After graduating, he formed the Last Mavericks and had a brief dalliance with Atlantic Records, who planned to take him to Nashville. Instead, he was moved to accept an invitation by singer/songwriter Shlomo Carlebach (aka Reb Shlomo) to go to Israel after they played a show together in Manhattan.

Arriving in his adopted country in 1994, he joined the psychedelic jam band Reva L’Sheva (under his Hebrew name Eliezer Blumen) and spent the next ten years touring and recording with them until he self-released his solo debut album, the folk-rock-influenced Higher Ground, in 2004. He then established the roots rock trio Yood, which issued Passin’ Over in 2007 and Real People in 2008 and followed that with tours in Israel and across the states.

In 2011 he released the acoustic Lazer Lloyd Unplugged, Blues in Tel Aviv, and a collection of Hebrew songs titled Haneshama.  My Own Blues followed in 2012 and was named best blues album in that year by the Israeli Blues Society and sent to the Memphis International Blues Competition which raised awareness of Lazer’s music in the blues community and led to Blues Leaf Records issuing an acoustic Lazer Lloyd album, Lost on the Highway in 2013. He has expanded his touring in North America to almost monthly and in the summer of 2015, and released a self-titled electric album, Lazer Lloyd, on the Chicago-based Lots of Love Records label.
TICKETS: $10 ($8 w/ ISU Student ID) in advance $2 increase day of show 

— This will be a seated show — 

for more information, visit http://www.sub.iastate.edu/calendar/lazer-lloyd-seated-show/

Join CIBS at Granite City Beer Tapping event

Join Central Iowa Blues Society at Granite City Brewery

12801 University Ave in Clive

this Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 PM

as we celebrate the tapping of their BLUE eyed Brunette beer

with BLUES music, CIBS info, games and prizes.


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