10 acts on 6 different stages at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott!

Line Up

  • BRIAN “TAZ” GRANT :: Marriott Lobby – 5-7pm
    Iowa Smooth Blues and Jazz Artist
  • MATT WOODS :: Rock River Lounge – 7-10pm
    2012 Iowa Solo Duo Blues Challenge Winner
  • LEVI WILLIAM :: Des Moines Ballroom – 7-9:45pm
    2012 Blues Society of Omaha Blues Challenge Band Winner
  • NICK MOSS & THE FLIP TOPS :: Salon E – 7:15-10:15pm
    2013 Blues Music Award Nominee – Rock Blues Album of the Year
  • ROCK ISLAND ROLLERS :: Dubuque Ballroom – 7:30-10:30pm
    2012 Iowa Challenge Band Winner (formerly The Pain Killers)
  • JASON VIVONE & THE BILLY BATS :: Salon D – 8:15-11:15pm
    2012 Kansas City Blues Society Blues Challenge Band Winner
  • COREY STEVENS :: Des Moines Ballroom – 10:30pm-1am
    Blues-Rock Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist 
  • CRANKSHAFT & THE GEAR GRINDERS :: Salon E – 10:45-1:30am
    2012 Minnesota Blues Society Blues Challenge Band Winner
  • CHICAGO RHYTHM & BLUES KINGS :: Dubuque Ballroom – 11pm-1:30am
    Featuring “Daddy G” – Gene Barge
  • BOB PACE BAND & AFTER HOURS JAM :: Salon D – 11:45pm-’til the wee hours
    2012 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. Bob Pace Band will kick off around 11:45 p.m. with the jam starting around 12:45 a.m.

Tickets $15 Day of Show

Advance ticket sales ENDED at 5PM on January 25, 2012. All tickets purchased online are “WILL-CALL” at the venue. That means–you will not receive a hard copy of your ticket but will be added to the will-call list. The “WILL-CALL” desk will be located on the 2nd Floor of the Marriott and you may check in any time after 5PM the day of the Fest–January 26, 2013. Please bring your receipt and/or be prepared to show a photo ID.


Bring your friends and stay all night…Room rates for this event are just $106. To make reservations call 1-800-514-4681 or book them online by following the link below. Tell them you are coming for the Blues Fest—See ya there!

Tee-Shirts – ONLINE ONLY

Winter Blues Fest tee-shirts are available for ordering online only. There are many styles and colors to choose from. T-shirts will NOT be available at the fest. Only available online HERE>>

click the image above to view all the styles & order

IMPORTANT NOTE: When selecting a size be sure to view the size chart for the style that you are ordering–which includes the actual product dimensions–to ensure you are getting the correct size. Each styles sizes vary (especially women’s’ sizes)


The Winter Blues Fest is sponsored by The Central Iowa Blues Society, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co., 95KGGO/98.3 WOW, Cityview, and Downtown Marriott.