For an evening of hot (and competitive) Blues, come down to Zimm’s Food and Spirits in Des Moines Thursday, April 19, 8 pm, for the opening salvo of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge.

Three Central Iowa regional bands will compete for one slot in the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals May 26 at the Des Moines Marriott. April 19 admission is $5 for Central Iowa Blues Society members and $6 for non-members. Two additional competitors will be selected at the Eastern Iowa semi-finals April 22 in Bettendorf.

For complete information, read the story that follows this one: “Iowa Blues Challenge: Finals May 26.