Big congrats go out to Dan Kopatich and Kim Gunnes on the April 28 birth of their beautiful son Theo (William Gunnes) Kopatich. We look forward to seeing you all Bluesin’ soon.

Thanks, Thanks and More Thanks

CIBS would like to give a big corporate thanks to The Flying Mango, Inc. for again renewing their corporate membership. Stop in at their location at 4345 Hickman Road and have dinner before heading out to see some Blues. Be sure to say thanks to Mike and Suzanne for Helpin’ us Keep the Blues Alive!

CIBS would like to extend more big thanks to CIBS members Phil & Martha Stoffregen, Jeannette Hopson and Fred Koogler for again renewing as contributing friends. CIBS truly appreciates your support and your constant faith in CIBS and Keepin’ the Blues Alive.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

We are now seeking applicants for the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo competition. A one round competition will be held in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday, August 25, 2011 at Zimm’s Food and Spirits. Depending on the number of entries, more rounds may be added. Prizes include cash, travel expenses, as well as performance opportunities PLUS THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE in Memphis, TN, February, 2012.

Information and applications are available on our website. The deadline is July 15,, 2011. The 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser, Summit Brewing, Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO/98.3 WOW and Cityview.