TWO NIGHTS—20 Acts… all under one roof and out of the cold!


Advance Tickets $45 Weekend Pass – or – $20/Friday and $30/Saturday
At the door admission goes up $5. CIBS Members receive $5 rebate on Weekend Pass
only.  You may collect your rebate at the merchandise booth on the 3rd Floor.





Admissions & Will Call – 1st Floor
(Open 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday)
Volunteer Check-In – 2nd Floor
Merchandise – 3rd Floor

Friday, Feb 1 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 5:00-6:00
Woods & Arbuckle

Kevin “BF” Burt

Dubuque Room
3rd Floor
7:00-8:30 Nick Schnebelen Band

9:00-11:00 Watermelon Slim

Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
7:30-9:30 The Jimmy’s

10:00-12:00 Southern Avenue

Saturday Afternoon Extra… Everyone is Welcome!

Guitar Workshop with Doug Deming / Des Moines Room (3rd Floor) 1-3PM

Winter Blues Fest Afternoon Extra! FREE Guitar Workshop with Doug Deming in the Des Moines Room from 1-3 PM. Everyone is welcome!

FROM DOUG: the workshop will be lecture with examples and we will be focusing on the guitar’s roll in a swing blues format (rhythm and soloing). You are welcome to bring a guitar to work on examples together but there won’t be amps provided.

Saturday, Feb 2 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 4:00-5:30
Tina & Rob

Aaron Earl Short

Salon D
2nd floor
6:30-8:00 Heath Alan’s Iowa Blues Expo

8:30-10:00 Kevin Burt & the Corridor
featuring DJ Johnson, Billylee Janey, Craig Erickson, Sam Salomone, T-Bone Giblin, and Eric Madison

10:30-12:00 Ivy Ford

Salon E
2nd floor
5:30-7:00 The Soul Searchers

7:30-9:00 Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones

9:30-11:00 James Harman
featuring Nathan James

Dubuque Room
3rd floor
6:00-7:30 Ducharme-Jones Band

8:00-9:30 Scotty & the Wingtips
Iowa Blues Challenge Winner

10:00-11:30 Heather Newman Band
Kansas City Blues Challenge Winner

Des Moines Room
3rd floor
7:00-8:30 Buttercow Blues Band
featuring Bob Pace, Matt Woods, and Dwight Dario

9:00-10:30 Walter Trout

11:00-1:00 Eric Gales


Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA


There are special Winter Blues Fest group rates available for a LIMITED number of rooms.
Do not delay in reserving your room to take advantage of the reduced rates. They will sell out!

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
Book online HERE or call 515-245-5500

435 Park St, Des Moines, IA
Book online HERE or call 515-645-4033

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Book online HERE or call 515-282-5555

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities available for the 2019 Winter Blues Fest! Each volunteer shift is two hours for tasks such as wristband check, ticketing, info desk, load in/out.

VOLUNTEER = FREE ADMISSION for the night of your shift!

Please contact our Production Coordinator to reserve your volunteer position!
Deb Bodson • PHONE 515-249-1008 • EMAIL

Must be a current CIBS Member to volunteer.
Need to RENEW or JOIN? Do it online HERE

Winter Blues Helles Lager

The Central Iowa Blues Society partnered with Confluence Brewing Company to brew a special beer to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Winter Blues Fest. This simple but elegant “bright” lager is hand crafted with floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner malt, German noble hops, and lager yeast for a crisp refreshing flavor. Winter Blues Helles Lager will be available at the fest as well as the brewery and participating retail outlets. Salute!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!