UPCOMING CENTRAL IOWA BLUES SOCIETY EVENTS
SUNDAY – MAR 31, 2019 @ 6:00PM
Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave, DM
Michael Ledbetter Celebration
of Life & Fundraiser
$20 (no CIBS Member rebate as this is a fundraiser)
With performances by… Anson Funderburgh • Monster Mike Welch • Danielle Nicole • Brandon Miller • Butter Cow Blues Band • Kevin “BF” Burt • Wee Willie Walker • Mary Bridget Davies • Patrick Recob • Stephanie Williams • L.A. Jones & Adrianna Marie & MORE!
Mike Ledbetter – a brilliant and soulful singer and guitarist – tragically passed away on January 21, 2019. He was 33 years old and an award-winning rising star of Blues and Soul music. He leaves behind his loving partner, Kathy Cahoon, and their two small children, Holland and Michael. Please join us March 31 at Lefty’s Live Music for a Celebration of Life and Fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the Michael Ledbetter Family Fund to support the futures of his family.
Check out the Facebook event HERE to check out the impressive list of silent auction items that you can score at the event… House Concerts, Art, Jewelry, CD/T-shirt packages, Signed Guitar, and SO MUCH MORE ->
SUNDAY – APR 7, 2019 @ 5:00PM
The River Center, 340 SW 3rd St, Des Moines
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
5:00PM Doors Open
5:30PM Dinner & Music by Sumpin’ Doo
6:15PM Ceremony Begins
The event will begin with dinner provided by Flying Mango, dessert by Steve Vasquez, and a performance by Sumpin’ Doo, featuring IBHOF members, brothers George and Gil Davis. After the award presentation and individual performances by the 2019 inductees, the night will end with a jam session for any attending IBHOF members and friends. Advance tickets are $25 HERE.
MONDAY – APR 8, 2019 @ 7:00PM
Confluence Brewing, 1235 Thomas Beck Rd, DM, IA
CIBS Membership Meeting
CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a Blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live blues after the meeting from Buckmiller & Schwager!
Artists, Venues, and Promoters — we want to help spread the word and include your events on our online calendar. We have limited manpower to scour web sites, Facebook, and other sources to track down gigs… we need your HELP! Please email your dates and info to firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
- SAT APR 27 – Fairfield Best Western (Fairfield – Preliminary)
- SUN APR 28 – Zimm’s Food & Spirits (Des Moines – Solo/Duo Preliminary)
- SUN MAY 19 – Lefty’s Live Music (Des Moines – Band Preliminary)
- SUN JUN 16 – Des Moines Social Club (FINALS)
For its 26th year, the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC) is returning to its traditional spring time frame. The winners of each preliminary advance to the Finals on Sunday, June 16 at the Des Moines Social Club. Finalists compete for a prize package that includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2020 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
ENTRY DEADLINE IS SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2019
- Download the 2019 IABC Rules and Sample Ballot
- Download the 2019 IABC Application
- Download the Blues Foundation Affiliate Challenge Booklet
Iowa-based acts wishing to participate must submit their completed application, photo, and biography to the IABC Chair by e-mail by the entry deadline.
The 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge is sponsored by: Budweiser, Exile Brewing, Iowa Public Radio, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, Des Moines Social Club, VividPix & Design, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, and Central Iowa Blues Society.
Guitars for Vets
Central Iowa Blues Society recently donated six guitars to Matt Lloyd, VA Music Therapist and Ambassador of the Iowa Chapter of Guitars For Vets (G4V) located at the VA Central Health Care System in Des Moines. These guitars are used for inpatient music therapy. With a physicians referral, Matt Lloyd brings a guitar to their room and starts the veteran on their way to healing through music. If the veteran takes more of an interest in the guitar, they can enroll in the G4V program which is a series of ten lessons. Upon completing their tenth lesson, the veteran “graduates” and is provided a new guitar from G4V.
Even though six guitars were donated, G4V still needs more! If you or someone you know would like to donate a guitar, please contact Steve Vasquez at email@example.com or bring them to any Central Iowa Blues Society general membership meeting.
CIBS Blues Education News
Blues In The Schools at Hoover High School and it’s feeder schools, Meredith Middle, Hillis Samuelson, Moore, and Monroe Elementary schools is scheduled for Monday, April 22nd through Friday April 26th.
This is the second year Central Iowa Blues Society’s resident educator Kevin Burt has taken on this blues journey. Last year, over 750 students were introduced to the blues. This also includes the DMACC Ankeny Campus Rock History and Classical History classes. We hope to have both the DMACC Ankeny Campus Journalism class and the Des Moines Public Schools TV staff helping document this event.
A huge blues thank you to Des Moines Public Schools, Vanessa Howell, Community Partnership Director, Kelly Schnackenberg, Performing Arts Director and Stoney Creek Inn for their sponsorship.
Rob Lumbard and Tina Haase-Findlay, 2018 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winners, were the first in the Forest Avenue Library’s Crossroads: A Journey With The Blues education series, March 23rd.
Rob had great stories about his guitars and styles of blues such as “Piedmont” style. Tina brought blues women into the limelight. The first ever blues recording was Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues”. Tina also talked about how blues music affected her as she grew up.
A little over forty people laughed, clapped and sang along with Tina and Rob for over an hour. Thank you to Nikki Hayter, Forest Ave Library Supervisor, Dana Smith, Forest Ave. Librarian and the entire Forest Ave. Library staff for their commitment to this blues education series.
More scheduled dates below. All are from 2-3PM on Saturdays at the Forest Avenue Library (1326 Forest Ave) except for the April 27th date.
- April 27
at Eastside Library (2559 Hubbell Ave)
- June 8
Aaron Earl Short
Performance with Participation
- July 27
Student Harmonica giveaway with lessons
- August 24
Blues History with Videos
Freight Train Frank Strong brought blues music education to the Westminster Presbyterian Church preschool in Beaverdale for Black History month. Nearly two dozen wee ones were treated to one hour of blues music with some participation. Thank you Isobel Chowanec for reaching out to the Central Iowa Blues Society’s education program!
~ Steve Vasquez
CIBS Education Chair
Out of the Blues Kitchen
The Great Grinder Debate — Some of you may think you have the best grinder recipe. And you may have! Here is my take on the ooey gooey goodness that’s my grinder (I swore I would never use those three words….but look at it!)
Ya gotta have some of the basic ingredients. Graziano’s sausage is a must, fresh ground beef, homegrown tomatoes, fresh garlic…LOTS OF FRESH GARLIC, basil, a blend of fresh grated provolone, moo-zerella, and sharp cheddar. Rotella’s Italian cookout loaf.
Thebestgrinderyouwillevereat recipe (Yes, that’s two words)
Take 1 lb fresh ground beef and 1 lb Graziano’s Eye-talian sausage andbrown this in the largest skillet or stock pot you have. skillets are better for reducing. Make sure you squish the meat up real good when it is cooking, you don’t want a clumpy grinder. No one likes a clumpy grinder.
Add to skillet 35 oz whole homegrown tomatoes or the equal amount of whole canned tomatoes simmer this for a few minutes then add 1 TBSP basil and 6-10 whole cloves garlic, crushed. Stir while it simmers. As this reduces add a little water. Keep simmering a few hours until it reduces to a juicy grinder consistency. You don’t want a dry grinder or one that drips too much when you eat it.
Grate fresh provolone, moo-zerella, and sharp cheddar cheese to a 3:2:1 ratio. Don’t buy pre-shredded cheese or we cannot be friends. Pre-shredded cheese has cellulose as an anti-caking ingredient. Cellulose is made from wood. I don’t want to eat sawdust, neither do you!
Slice the Rotella’s Italian Cookout Loaf in half, yes, the long way. Top the bottom half with the grinder meat and the top half with the special cheese blend with no sawdust.
Bake in a 350 degree oven until cheese melts. Take it out of the oven and place the top half on the bottom half and cut into proper grinder portions… or leave it whole and don’t share. The bread should have a good toasty crunchiness.
Recommended cd pairing for this meal – Heartland and Soul by Kevin Burt
~ Steve Vasquez
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