Hello CIBSters — We wanted to fill you in on what we’ve been up to during the COVID-19 crisis. In mid-March, CIBS cancelled all meetings, shows and/or programs scheduled through April. These included the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame class of 2020 Induction Ceremony on Sunday April 5th which will be rescheduled later in the year, the General Membership Meeting on April 13th, and the Blues in the Schools program that was scheduled April 20-24.
Due to CDC recommendations we are now cancelling our May and June events. This includes the Membership Meetings and Spring Fest.
The arts, entertainment, and service industries are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and we are proud to announce that the CIBS board of directors voted unanimously to pay each artist for CIBS shows and/or programs being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the right thing to do and it directly supports the first principle in our bylaws–to preserve, cultivate and support the blues in Central Iowa on all levels and in multiple venues.
We are a BLUES family and together we will get through these unprecedented times. Until then…Be well!
President, Central Iowa Blues Society
Live Music Streaming & Virtual Concerts
Information about online live music streaming can be found at the links above. Many opportunities here to help out the artists financially with online tips. Also, be sure to check out your favorite artists websites and social media pages for more information on how you can support by buying CDs and other merchandise.
Iowa Blues Challenge :: New Tentative Dates
September 13, 2020 @ Lefty’s Live Music
(New 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. Four Bands and Four 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Avey Grouws Band! They have charted at #10 on the Billboard Blues Chart and getting all kinds of high praise reviews with their new album, Devil May Care. Check it out HERE.
2020 Blues Music Awards
Congratulations to all the 2020 Blues Music Award winners and nominees. The Blues Foundation’s big event was held virtually on May 3rd. If you didn’t watch the live stream you can still watch the 2-hour long program via YouTube at the video link below! Check out the list of winners at The Blues Foundation website HERE.
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Be sure to follow CIBS on Facebook for some fun and interesting content. CIBS Education Chair, Steve Vasquez, has been featuring a monthly series he calls “Where In The World: A Blues Ambassador’s Travels”, where he provides videos, stories, interviews and whatnot about Blues Educators in other parts of the world. And next thing you know he puts on his chef hat and goes LIVE with “Out Of The Blues Kitchen”. This week he was joined by special guest, Scott Davis, as they made Masonjaritas and the best breaded pork tenderloins! Don’t miss out… check it out!
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