Thanks, Thanks!

CIBS would like to give big corporate thanks to for Music Circuit Presentations, Inc for their continued support and faith in CIBS by renewing as corporate sponsors for the 14th year. We appreciate all the great Blues you continue to bring to the area and we have enjoyed working with Steve White at the shows. Thanks for helping us Keep the Blues Alive.

CIBS would like to extend special thanks to CIBS member Philip Snyder for renewing again this year as contributing friends. CIBS truly appreciates your support and your constant faith in CIBS and Keepin’ the Blues Alive.

Deepest Sympathy

CIBS would like to extend our very deepest sympathies to CIBS member, Sandy Berkland on the recent death of her father. CIBS would also like to extend our very deepest sympathies to CIBS members Carol Spencer and Sally Humphries on the recent death of their mother. CIBS extends our very deepest sympathies to the family of CIBS member Dori Liguori on her recent death. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Sandy, Carol, Sally and their families and the Liguori family during this difficult time.

Playing with Fire Productions

Playing with Fire Productions presents the ‘Raise the Roof Benefit Concert Series’ at the Davies Amphitheater in Glenwood, Iowa. Net proceeds from the series go towards much needed renovations of the Amphitheater which is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of the 50 acre Glenwood Lake Park.

Carolyn Wonderland will start the series on Saturday June 25th, 2011. She has been a crowd sensation every time she performs at ‘Playing with Fire’ in Omaha. Featured on Austin City Limits, honed on the Houston and Austin music scenes and a fixture at Antone’s since the early 1990’s, her singer-songwriter talents include piano, trumpet and an amazing ability to whistle on key. The multi-award winning musician has gained the admiration of musical legends Eddy Shaver, Shelly King and Bob Dylan and tours regularly with Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter.

On Saturday July 9, 2011, Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers with Trevor Finlay take the stage.

Deslauriers is considered one of Quebec’s finest musicians and Tyler Watson has been dubbed Montreal’s ‘Queen of the Blues.’ Their combined talents have been captivating audiences across Canada, France and the United States since 2004 and each has appeared twice at ‘Playing with Fire.’ Finlay rocked the house at the July 2006 Playing with Fire concert as part of Guitar Explosion. Nashville based, Finlay’s combination of guitar-driven blues, rock and rockabilly has earned him critical acclaim from Billboard, Real Blues, and the Toronto Blues Society. Last in the series, but hardly the least is Ruthie Foster on Saturday August 13th, 2011. Grammy nominated Ruthie Foster is also a recent winner of the Koko Taylor Award and the recipient of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. Her album ‘The Truth According to Ruthie Foster’ was nominated for a 2010 Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Appearing at the ‘Playing with Fire’ winter series, Foster lit up the room with her dynamic and energizing style that forges southern blues, rock, gospel, country and jazz into a truly unique sound.

Gates open at 7pm. BluesEd youth bands open each show at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now through Glenwood State Bank and . To preserve the intimacy of the concerts, seating is limited so buy your tickets early! More information is available at and