Blues music affects its fans in many ways. To some, it is a soundtrack of experiences of their past, or maybe their present. Stories of love and loss are set to notes and rhythms that grip the heart and and give a voice to one’s soul. But listening to the blues is different than living the blues. When love and loss become one in our personal reality, the emotional devastation is so raw we yearn to do something (anything) to ease the heartache of a relationship ended prematurely and to insure that our loved one is held in a lasting memory.

The CIBS Blues Angel program is an opportunity to pay tribute to a departed loved one who was a member of the Central Iowa Blues Society. With a donation of $500 or more to CIBS, the member will be designated a Blues Angel and recognized in the newsletter as well as permanently listed on the website on the Blues Angels page here.  Please contact the CIBS President ( or any board member to create a CIBS Blues Angel virtual memorial for your loved one.

Beth Bloom

Beth Bloom’s husband, Arlen, came up with the concept for the Blues Angel Program. Beth is recognized as the first CIBS Blues Angel. Taken from us on February 14, 2019, Beth Bloom was a longtime contributing member and known around the membership to be a supportive volunteer, an attentive listener, and a lot of fun wherever she went.