Congratulations to The Candymakers, winners of the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge held April 3 at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf. This 8 piece Quad-Cities band received $500 cash plus $1,200 travel expenses to Memphis as our local representative at the International Blues Challenge in February, 2012. The Candymakers also receives 8 hours of studio time from Junior’s Motel as well as several paid gigs.

The Iowa Blues Challenge features one of the finest prize packages, for a contest of this kind in the country. Prizes also include spots in the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, IA, 2012 Winter BluesFest in Des Moines, IA, 2012 BBQ’Loo & Blues Too in Waterloo, IA and, of course, the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2012.

The 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co, Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW, Cityview, Junior’s Motel and Rieman Music.