Let us state this simply but strongly: Black Lives Matter.
The historic movement founded on that declaration continues to grow in both its positive influence on society and its value in moving humanity forward. In the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Laquan McDonald and far too many others, the Central Iowa Blues Society pledge their support for Black Lives Matter, and we are allies focused on eliminating systemic racism.
The Central Iowa Blues Society has a longstanding and long-stated commitment to core values that include diversity, civility and integrity. We vow to work to uphold and model these values, which are the foundation of a truly equitable society — one that secures the health, safety and well-being of all citizens.
The Central Iowa Blues Society is resolved to be a catalyst for change.
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.
Please contact the Iowa Blues Challenge Chair with questions.
Julie Spong — 515-401-8495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Be sure to follow CIBS on Facebook for some fun and interesting content. CIBS Education Chair, Steve Vasquez, features a monthly series he calls “Where In The World: A Blues Ambassador’s Travels”, with videos, stories, interviews and the like about Blues Educators in other parts of the world. Steve also puts on his chef hat and goes LIVE with “Out Of The Blues Kitchen”. The latest episode is was joined by special guest, Tom Buckmiller as they made a savory waffle, chicken bacon ranch sandwich! Don’t miss out… check it out!
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Rest in Peace
It is with great sorrow, yet, with great hope, to announce the passing of Andre (Andy) James Mosqueda on June 12, 2020 at the age of 69. Andre was born November 24, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois to Richard and Antonia Mosqueda.
A self-described “Chicago Chicano (Blues-in-the-Blood Hispanic) native”, Andre was a pivotal figure in the local Iowa Blues music scene, as well as, a nationally awarded and recognized radio disc jockey. His unique booming voice and smooth style graced the airwaves for over 45 years, ranging from stations that included KIOA, KFMG, and most recently KGGO on “The Roadhouse with Andre”.
He was a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award in 2004 and inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2015.
His passion for music, life, his many friends and fans, and love of his family defined the man that many knew and loved.
His mind was an encyclopedia of music and a wealth of knowledge second to none. He also had a passion for trains, which he shared with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was also a very humble, caring, and hard-working man. This was never more apparent than helping run the family business, Tasty Tacos, where he typically worked the lunch hour. Ensuring every single customer was taken care of. And when he would call out the order numbers with that booming, familiar voice, customers would tell him “You have a familiar voice” or “You should be on the radio!” and he would answer with a large smile and a humble, “Thank you”.
He encouraged his children to explore the world, see what life brings, work hard, and go after the dreams you want to do.
There are no words to express how much he will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.
Andre is survived by his wife of 38 years, Terry; his children, Carlos (Allison), Antonio, Angelina and Nicole (Kelly); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his mother, Antonia; his brothers and sisters, Lawrence (Patricia), Margaret, Linda (Randy), and Richard A. (Debra); and the rest of the Mosquedas and family that called him uncle, cousin, friend.
We know he is at peace joining his father, Richard, and his brother, Ronald (Tammy), in Heaven and will always be with us all.
From Andre’s family to all his friends, fans, and followers… remember to keep on ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’. We know he is.
As always, the safety of members, volunteers, and general public is our top priority.
The Central Iowa Blues Society’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for community groups is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19.
As the national response to the coronavirus pandemic shifts to a state-focused and phased approach the Central Iowa Blues Society has canceled all general membership meetings, board of director meetings, and shows to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep our members, volunteers, and the general public safe. We’ll continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and will advise our membership when plans to start in-person meetings and activities is more clear.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.
President, Central Iowa Blues Society
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