Iowa Blues Hall of Fame


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The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
mission is to recognize,
honor, and celebrate our
Iowa Blues heritage.

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame display is located at
Hawkeye Elks Lodge #160
1401 Walker Street
Des Moines, IA

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and has been a program of the Central Iowa Blues Society since 2001. New inductees are selected periodically by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame committee and honored at a celebratory awards ceremony.

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame exhibit was originally housed at Blues on Grand until its closing in 2010. The exhibit was rededicated in its new home at the Hawkeye Elks Lodge in September 2014 (Hawkeye Elks Lodge is open to the public and they welcome your visit!) and a portable companion exhibit was introduced for travel to events all across Iowa in April 2017.

You can support the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame by volunteering, sponsorship, or simply by making a charitable donation.


There are two ways to submit a nomination to the IBHOF committee. You may complete the online nomination or download a hard copy form. Select your preference below.



Inductee Criteria &
Selection Process

CRITERIA – For consideration, nominees need to meet these criteria:

  • Be rooted in a Blues genre style
  • Born, held residency, or performed regularly in the state of Iowa
  • Has played professionally for a significant number of years, so as to constitute a “career” in blues music
  • Non-performing nominees are those that have made a significant contribution by supporting and promoting the Blues in Iowa over a long period of time

NOMINATIONS – All nominations must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form (online or hard-copy version)
  • At least one quality 8X10 photo (high resolution .jpeg or hard copy print)
  • Any available website links, CDs, recorded materials, video, articles, etc. to support the nomination
  • Mail or email any supplemental materials to the contact at the end of the form

SELECTION – Final selection for induction will be made by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame committee.  The Committee reviews all nominations and all nominations are considered annually. Each complete nomination will be kept on file for five years.  After five years, a new nomination will be required for further consideration. Additional information can be submitted at any time to supplement a nomination on file.

Portable Display Request

To request the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame portable display at your event, please send an email to for consideration.