Blues Festival Guide

The 9th Annual BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE magazine 2011 edition is available to read online in Digital Format for free! 92 pages packed full of blues for you with entertaining and informative articles by blues top aficionados. Read it page-by-page in its entirety with a simple click of your mouse. You will find the link at

Deepest Sympathies

CIBS would like to extend our very deepest sympathies to CIBS members, Ray Hall on the recent death of his father, Misty and Scott Cochran on the recent death of her mother and Jeff Mohr on the recent death of his father. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Ray, Misty and Scott and Jeff and their families during this difficult time.

Big Thanks

CIBS would like to send big thanks to CIBS members Alice Bryant, Dean Hundley, Mark Soldat & Jeanne Anderson and Sally & Bill Humphries for renewing this month for 2 years. We truly appreciate your support and faith in CIBS. Thanks for Helpin’ us Keep the Blues Alive

CIBS sends more big thanks to Corporate sponsor Classic Hats for Men. We appreciate their support of the Blues in Central Iowa. Judy is open Saturdays only from 9-5 but that’s plenty of time to pick out a great looking Blues hat or any other style you may be interested in. Stop by and say hi and thank her for Helpin’ Keep the Blues Alive.

CIBS wants to say big thanks for the support and confidence we received in the form of contributions this month from some very special people. Cash contributions were received from the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and from Kristi Bennett . We truly appreciate your continued support of CIBS and thank you again for Helpin’ Us Keep the Blues Alive

Looking for a New Challenge?

Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has celebrated up and coming artists by bestowing an award for the “Best Self-Produced CD” of the year. Acts can be bands, solo acts, duo acts, trios, full choirs or any other combination. The purpose of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional goals. This award complements the International Blues Challenge-the live music component of IBC Weekend. * Entries for the Best Self-Produced CD are permitted by affiliated blues societies only.

  • Each affiliate is permitted one entry only.
  • The CD entered does not have to be performed by the band entered in the 2012 International Blues Challenge.
  • The eligibility period is the same as for the Blues Music Awards-the CD must have been released during November 1, 2010 – October 31, 2011 time frame.
  • Interested bands should submit 4 copies of a CD that fits all the criteria to CIBS by October 15, 2011.