The Central Iowa Blues Society has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the 2020 Iowa Blues Challenge. The challenge was tentatively rescheduled for September 13th. As we all know, similar events both locally and nationally are being cancelled and postponed. The safety of the musicians, attendees, and volunteers will always come first. The Central Iowa Blues Society will keep an eye on national trends and send out updates if appropriate. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you in the future.

September 13, 2020 @ Lefty’s Live Music

(All dates are tentative as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis)

All preliminary/final Iowa Blues Challenge rounds have been consolidated into one exciting competition taking place on September 13,  2020 at Lefty’s Live Music.  4 Bands and 4 Solo/Duo act will compete to move forward to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.

The application process will open July 1st and be on a first come first in basis.  Only complete applications will be considered. The new DEADLINE IS July 31 2020.

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package which included cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs (including but not limited to the 2021 Winter Blues Fest) and travel expense stipend for the 2021 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

Please contact the Iowa Blues Challenge Chair with questions.
Julie Spong — 515-401-8495 or