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2021 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration


Thank you to Kit Lancaster / Seize the Day Photography for the photos!


Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

Join the Central Iowa Blues Society for the 2020 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. Kevin Burt & the Corridor featuring multiple Iowa Blues Hall of Famer’s are the host band. Dinner by Flying Mango and dessert by Steve “the pie man” Vasquez. All tickets include FREE parking!

MASKS REQUIRED: The health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. Everyone will be required to wear masks at the event. Masks will be provided for those that do not come with one. You may remove your mask while eating or drinking, but otherwise your mask must be worn, especially if moving around the building, ordering at the bar, or visiting the restroom.

We feel these protocols are necessary to provide the best possible – and safest – live music experience for everyone. Like you, we cannot wait to shed our masks and be shoulder to shoulder with our blues loving friends. But until it’s safe to do so, let’s continue our diligence to ensure that day will come!



Central Iowa Blues Society Announces
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Four individuals have been selected for induction into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020: Hal Reed, Scott Eggleston, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Butch Edmonds.


Hal Reed

Born in Sardis, Mississippi, Hal Reed has held residency in the Quad Cities/Iowa for over 30 years. Hal is known for his outstanding leadership in raising awareness about the artform of the Blues. He has participated in Blues Education programs through the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and the River Music Experience, making a substantial impact on preserving the history of the music.

As a professional musician, Hal performs with a band and in a solo/duo act an average of 3-4 times a month throughout Iowa. Hal is a two-time winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge. In 2004 he was a winner in the band category and in 2019 in the solo/duo category. In 2018, he was inducted into the Quad City Blues Hall of Fame.


Scott Eggleston

Scott Eggleston, either as a solo act or with his band, the Soul Searchers, plays over 100 shows per year. During his career, Scott has performed with the following artists: Anson Funderburgh, Pinetop Perkins, James Harman, R.J. Mischo, Doug Deming & Jewel Tones, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Rick Holmstrom, Johnny Dyer, Duke Robillard, Patrick Recob, Jimmie Vaughan, and the Bel Airs.

In 1994, The Soul Searchers won the Iowa Blues Challenge. They have appeared on the mainstage at Davenport’s Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, have performed several Jazz in July concerts, and have been featured on Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television. In 2017, The Memphis-­based Blues Foundation named The Soul Searchers’ self­-titled CD one of top ten self­-produced blues albums. To date, the CD has been sold in 13 countries. The band has also released two other albums including: Boogie Woogie Nighthawkand Lounging at the ‘Wood. Scott has also been featured in two books written by students at Drake University in Des Moines as a part of a blues class. The books are titled: Life in the Key of E Minor: Conversations with the Bluesand Life After Blues-On-Grand: Finding the Blues in Des Moines. Scott lives is Des Moines.


Radoslav Lorkovic

Radoslav Lorkovic wasborn in Zagreb, Croatia in 1958 and moved to the United States at age six. His tenure on the R&B and folk circuits has culminated in nine critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances on the recordings of and performances with artists including Odetta, Jimmy LaFave, Ribbon of Highway Woody Guthrie Tribute, Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Ellis Paul, Ronny Cox, Dave Moore, Andy White and Bo Ramsey. He tours the world regularly appearing at prestigious events such as the Woody Guthrie Festival, Womad, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa folk festivals, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Mountain Stage, and eTown as well as a litany of Italian castles and villas. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Carson Daily Show and two solo appearances on A Prairie Home Companion.

An international ambassador of the ‘Iowa Sound’ and 45 plus year career has given Radoslav many great performance opportunities that range from backing up Bo Didley to working with numerous Yup’ ik Eskimo villages throughout SW Alaska.


Butch Edmonds

Butch Edmonds played all over Des Moines’ famed Center Street in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and other clubs across the state of Iowa. In the 1960s Butch Edmonds formed a group called the Extensions and performed in various places and even with the Ohio Players and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in Cleveland, Ohio. In the late 1960s, Butch moved to California and Las Vegas to perform. Buck Ram hired Butch to be the front man for the opening act for the Platters called Soul Patrol. They performed with the Platters at the legendary Flamingo in Las Vegas.

In the 1970s, his band, The New Establishment opened for James Brown at the RKO Theatre in Des Moines. After recording “Foolish Fools” with Grant Records, the band went to Georgia and joined the Bobby Marchan Show performing in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Florida. In 1977, he went to California to perform on the Gong Show singing a song he wrote “Get Up, Get Down”.Edmunds now lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.


About the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

The IBHOF was established in 1999 by Des Moines blues singer, keyboardist and historian Tom Gary. Tom’s Masters dissertation was focused on Des Moines’ Center Street blues scene in the 1960s and he was inspired to gain recognition for the musicians of that time. After inducting the first two classes, Tom handed the administration of the IBHOF over to the Central Iowa Blues Society. Tom continued to serve as IBHOF co-chair for several years, along with Don “T-Bone” Erickson. In 2016 Don was succeeded by current IBHOF chair Bryan Church. With the induction of this year’s 21thanniversary class, 78 individuals have been honored with induction. Photos and biographies of all IBHOF members can be viewed by clicking the IBHOF logo at www.cibs.org.

At the Class of 2000 induction ceremony, the permanent Iowa Blues Hall of Fame exhibit (colloquially referred to as “The Wall”) was unveiled at Blues on Grand, where it continued to reside until Blues On Grand closed in 2010. After a few years in storage while CIBS worked to secure a new location, in 2014 the Wall was unveiled at its new home at the Hawkeye Elks Lodge 160 & Rose Temple 33 at 1401 Walker St in Des Moines. (The Lodge is open to the public and they welcome your visit!) In 2016, CIBS commissioned a portable companion exhibit which has since been displayed at several blues festivals and other events across the state, greatly expanding the exposure of the IBHOF to the public.

Nominations of potential inductees to the IBHOF are accepted at any time from the general public. New inductees are selected by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame standing committee of the Central Iowa Blues Society. Detailed information on submitting a nomination can be found online at www.cibs.org.


For more information, please contact:

Tom Buckmiller – 605.661.4327 
Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Co-Chair
ibhof@cibs.org

Scott Allen – (515) 480-4437
President, Central Iowa Blues Society
prez@cibs.org

CIBS Blues Crier :: OCTOBER 2021


OCTOBER 2021


Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2020 will take place on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the River Center Eventorium, 330 SW 3rdSt in Des Moines. The event will begin with dinner provided by Flying Mango, dessert by Steve Vasquez, and a performance by Kevin Burt & the Corridor featuring multiple Iowa Blues Hall of Famers. After the award presentation and individual performances by the new inductees, the night will end with a jam session for any attending IBHOF members and friends. All tickets include FREE parking! MASKS REQUIRED

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020 includes; Hal Reed, Scott Eggleston, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Butch Edmonds. 

GET TICKETS HERE!


The health and safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. Everyone will be required to wear masks at the event. Masks will be provided for those that do not come with one. You may remove your mask while eating or drinking, but otherwise your mask must be worn, especially if moving around the building, ordering at the bar, or visiting the restroom.


THANK YOU SPONSORS


     

 


2021 Iowa Blues Challenge Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo champions Buckmiller / Schwager! They will represent Iowa at the 2022 International Blues Challenge to be held January 18 – 22, 2022 on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Runner up was Dewey Cantrell and third place went to Frank Strong. Get more info about the IBC at blues.org.

Photo by Mark Lage

THANK YOU SPONSORS
      
        


Membership Meeting

CIBS Membership Meeting
Monday, Oct 11 2021 – 7:00 PM

The Station on Ingersoll
3124 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live music after the meeting from Bob Pace!


Crossroads: A Journey with the Blues

Saturday, Oct 23 2021 – 2-3PM
Whitmer Park, 1610 34th St, Des Moines, IA

History of the Blues featuring Dr. Scott Davis


…catch Tommy Castro with Marcia Ball on Sunday, October 3rd at Wooly’s!




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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.


Become a member
today at cibs.org!

BLUES ANGELS

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Stephen & Cathy Balderson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Deb Bodson
  • Lucy Brown
  • Ted & Holley Bzdega
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Bryan & Pat Farland
  • Steve Flood
  • Dave Grieve
  • Laure Guisinger
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Craig & Nancy Kelinson
  • Scott & Susan Kirstein
  • Brenda Leimberer
  • David Lubbers
  • Gerri Lyon
  • James Merritt & Lynne Ramsey-Merritt
  • Gary Mishler
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Will & Carol Perrin
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Roy & Ann Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Carlotta Wilde
  • Matt, Rachel & Rodney Woods
Special Thanks!

Gary Mishler
Roy & Ann Snyder
for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members
  • Micah Spurlock
  • Don Norton
  • Alan Whitlatch
Renewing Members
  • Donna Paynter – 3 years
  • Jennifer Leavy – 3 years
  • Dana Vasquez – 3 years
  • Chase Heifner
  • David & Nanci Sande
Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES


SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL,
A DIVISION OF THE IOWA DEPT OF CULTURAL
AFFAIRS THROUGH THE FEDERAL CARES ACT

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES
HALL OF FAME

Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
periodic e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

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CIBS Blues Crier :: SEPTEMBER 2021


SEPTEMBER 2021

September 19, 2021
@ Lefty’s Live Music

Join us for the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge on September 19, 2021 at Lefty’s Live Music in Des Moines, IA. This is a FREE event starting at 2PM. This year’s challenge consists of four Solo/Duo acts. The performance schedule is as follows.

2:00-2:30 Nate Croson
2:45-3:15 Dewey Cantrell
3:30-4:00 Frank Strong
4:00-4:30 Tom Buckmiller & Brian Schwager

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package that includes cash, opportunities for paid gigs (including but not limited to the 2022 Winter Blues Fest) and travel expense stipend for the 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

The Central Iowa Blues Society is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which produces the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The International Blues Challenge will be held January 18- 22, 2022.

THANK YOU SPONSORS
      
        


Iowa Blues Hall of Fame

Join the Central Iowa Blues Society for the 2020 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. Kevin Burt & the Corridor featuring multiple Iowa Blues Hall of Famer’s are the host band. All tickets include FREE parking!

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020 includes; Hal Reed, Scott Eggleston, Radoslav Lorkovic, and Butch Edmonds.

GET TICKETS HERE!

 


Mississippi Valley Blues Fest


Crossroads: A Journey with the Blues

Saturday, Sept 18 2021 – 2-3PM
Ashby Park, 3200 38th St, Des Moines, IA

Performance with participation featuring Heath Alan



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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.


Become a member
today at cibs.org!

BLUES ANGELS

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Stephen & Cathy Balderson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Deb Bodson
  • Lucy Brown
  • Ted & Holley Bzdega
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Bryan & Pat Farland
  • Steve Flood
  • Dave Grieve
  • Laure Guisinger
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Craig & Nancy Kelinson
  • Scott & Susan Kirstein
  • Brenda Leimberer
  • David Lubbers
  • Gerri Lyon
  • James Merritt & Lynne Ramsey-Merritt
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Will & Carol Perrin
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Roy Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Carlotta Wilde
  • Matt, Rachel & Rodney Woods
Special Thanks!

Lloyd’s Counseling Inc.
for renewing as
Corporate Member

Deborah Bodson
Arlen Bloom
Sheila & Greg Robinson
Tim & Sheila Drevyanko
Roger and Kathy Morrison
for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members
  • Lori Baker
Renewing Members
  • Jim & Sue Heemstra – 3 years
  • Marni Hockenberg
  • David & Renee Clippert – 3 years
  • Mark & Lori Long
  • Mike Cooling & Vicky McClelland
  • Johnna VanderEcken
  • Jerry & Deb Amenson
  • Shannon Dario
  • Mickey Peterson
  • Angie Kendall
  • Mark Rocha
  • Julie & Joel Weichman – 3 years
  • Teresa & Ralph Rosenberg
Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES


SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL,
A DIVISION OF THE IOWA DEPT OF CULTURAL
AFFAIRS THROUGH THE FEDERAL CARES ACT

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES
HALL OF FAME

Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
periodic e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE

 

CIBS Blues Crier :: AUGUST 2021


AUGUST 2021

September 19, 2021
@ Lefty’s Live Music

The 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge will be held on September 19, 2021 at Lefty’s Live Music in Des Moines, IA. A maximum of FIVE Bands and FIVE Solo/Duo acts will compete to move forward to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.

The application process will open August 9 and be on a first come first in basis. Only complete applications will be considered.

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package that includes cash, opportunities for paid gigs (including but not limited to the 2022 Winter Blues Fest) and travel expense stipend for the 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

The Central Iowa Blues Society is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which produces the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The International Blues Challenge will be held January 18- 22, 2022.

MORE INFO & APPLICATIONS HERE ->


Iowa Blues Hall of Fame – SAVE-THE-DATE

Please SAVE-THE-DATE for the rescheduled celebration for the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame class of 2020. Details and ticket information will follow soon!


Membership Meeting

MONDAY – AUG 9, 2021 @ 7:00PM
CIBS Membership Meeting
The Soul Searchers

Lefty’s Live Music
2307 University Ave, Des Moines, IA

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live music after the meeting!



CD Review!

Malcolm Wells & the Two-Timers
Hollerin’ Out Loud

By Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro © July 2021

Although it didn’t sprout till twenty years later, when he heard Muddy’s “Hard Again” album, Malcolm Wells believes the blues seed was planted in him while being around blues royalty as an infant.  Back then, when Bukka White played the clubs around Little Rock, AR, he was a regular guest of the Wells family.  Along with some of the genre’s legends, Malcolm’s more contemporary influences include James Harman, Rick Estrin, Gary Primich, RJ Mischo and The Fabulous Thunderbirds – all of which should have you now knowing what instrument Malcolm plays.

For his debut release, “Hollerin’ Out Loud“, Malcolm Wells – on vocals, harmonica and shake egg – assembled a band of top notch veterans of the blues scene.  The Two-Timers include: acclaimed guitarist Matt Woods, who’s own releases have been nominated for a Blues Music Award, two Blues Blast Awards and have twice made the finals in the Blues Foundation’s “Best Self Produced CD” competition; bassist Patrick Recob, also a Blues Blast Award nominee, who has played with just about everyone of Malcolm’s influences mentioned above and one of my favorite bands – Steve Gerard’s National Debonaires; and drummer Dwight Dario who, during his five decades performing, was a seventeen year member of The Big George Jackson Band,  has toured Europe a dozen times and has received several of his own various music organization awards. Indeed an impressive ensemble.

Hollerin’ Out Loud“, which contains eleven Malcolm Wells written and arranged tracks, opens with a smoker titled “Call My Name“.  Shortly after Malcolm showcases his soulful vocals and killer harmonica skills during the tracks opening minute, the guys go on an awe inspiring, three-minute long, mid-song instrumental rampage that’s not only a testament to their individual skills but a statement that they came to play, as well.  This is exactly how things should be kicked off.

This track opens up with Malcolm and Dwight laying down one of those “more powerful than a locomotive” vibes on the harmonica and drums and from that point on, for the rest of this seven plus minute song there’s absolutely no relenting.  Lyrically, with graphically descriptive and obviously very sarcastic lines like: “It’s got flesh, got fabric, got a lack there of”; “It’s got curves, got swerves, got a roll or two”; “It looks like someone started pouring and no one said stop, it just spilled right out over your pants top”; “You can be a size twelve and still wear a two”; I’m having a very hard time believing Malcolm when he says ‘I’m crazy about that hot, pants “Muffin Top‘”.

As this story goes, although Malcolm has never met this man, he offers to make him a “Gentlemen’s Bet” claiming he can tell this stranger what his future holds.  As a matter of fact, he pretty much guarantees he can do it by telling this guy “Nostradamus has nothing on me”.  That said, Malcolm’s predictions obviously have nothing to do with physic powers.  As it turns out, this poor sap is dating his ex, so in actuality, Malcolm’s just advising him of the WARNING! label she should come with.  Yes, there are indeed two sides to every story, but with his sincere deliverance of these melancholy lyrics, I’d take heed.  Musically, being eight minutes of slow scorching blues, telling you that Matt is at disc’s best on guitar is a true understatement.

With this one being an instrumental, the only “Squawkin‘” you’ll here is the wailing coming from Malcolm’s harmonica.  With some fabulous bass lines from Patrick leading the band in a penetrating rhythm groove behind him, Malcolm pretty much puts on a harmonica lesson…..for the advanced.

A common denominator on many of Malcolm’s songs are the clever analogies he uses to make his points.  Some of those on this track include: “You can travel the world wide over across ocean land and sea, but no matter how far you go you’re just still too close to me“; “You can up and go join NASA and hop a rocket to the moon, if I never seen you again you’re still too close and it’s still too soon“; and this gem…”Now the good book has taught us forgiveness is key, but I just can’t forgive myself for getting on bended knee“.  The only thing that will make Malcolm as happy as a man can be is when the district court judges signs off on the “Divorce Decree“.  Another common denominator is the mid-song instrumentals sandwiched between the vocal verses, and like all others, these four maestros are nailing it.

The disc closes out with a track titled “Number 9″, and after exactly five seconds you’ll definitely know it’s not Malcolm Wells & The Two-Timers rendition of a Beatles song.  Sure, both songs relate to trippin’ but this one’s on a train, not acid.  Just like they perfectly opened the disc, the guys closed it the same way – in all out jam mode with the power and speed of a runaway train.  Phew!

Other tracks on “Hollerin’ Out Loud” – a product that I believe may very well put one of those “New Artist Debut” type awards in Malcolm’s hands, are: “Walk It Slow”; “Night And Day”; “Six Feet Apart”; “That’s What I Like”; and “State Fair Tattoo” – an instrumental that I’d love to hear remade with some lyrics simply to see where Malcolm’s ingenuity might take it.

To find out more about Malcolm Wells & The Two-Timers, and to purchase or  request a copy of “Hollerin’ Out Loud!” for airplay, just go to their website at malcolmwellsandthetwotimers.com. 


New Iowa Blues CD Release!

Avey Grouws Band is celebrating the release of their new album Friday, September 24, 2021 at xBK LIVE, Des Moines, IA

Tell Tale Heart, Avey Grouws Band (Jeni Grouws – vocals/songwriter, Chris Avey – guitar/songwriter, Bryan West – drums, Randy Leasman – bass and Nick Vasquez – keyboards)’s sophomore release, was recorded in Nashville at East Iris Studios and The Purple House (Leiper’s Fork, TN) with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Casey Wasner at the helm. Featuring 10 original songs, Tell Tale Heart‘s music (described by producer Wasner as “rock and roll blues soul”)  demonstrates the label-defying band’s command of a wide swath of American roots music — including blues, classic rock, country, R&B, funk, introspective balladry and unbridled rock and roll. www.aveygrouwsband.com


Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

In keeping with a Quad Cities community tradition, the Mississippi Valley Blues Society is bringing both national and regional Blues legends and rising stars to the historic LeClaire Park bandshell in downtown Davenport, IA. We are extremely honored and excited to offer an amazing group of award-winning Blues artists for 2021. Visit the Blues Fest 2021 website for lineup details, stage times, tickets, and more!

MORE INFO ->


In the Market for Blues – Omaha

In the Market for Blues is held at 14 venues across Downtown Omaha, Old Market, and The Capitol District, including 4 venues in outside spaces.  All the details about Omaha’s biggest and best Blues Festival yet, In the Market for Blues, produced by the Blues Society of Omaha to be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 can be found HERE

They are ecstatic to welcome Ana Popovic as the headliner for this event with another amazing 50 bands performing, including Omaha’s own Blues Hero, Hector Anchondo!


Bowlful of Blues



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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES
HALL OF FAME

Bryan Church and
Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
periodic e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE


Become a member
today at cibs.org!

BLUES ANGELS

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Stephen & Cathy Balderson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Lucy Brown
  • Ted & Holley Bzdega
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Robert, Julie & Shawn Economaki
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Bryan & Pat Farland
  • Steve Flood
  • Dave Grieve
  • Laure Guisinger
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Craig & Nancy Kelinson
  • Scott & Susan Kirstein
  • Brenda Leimberer
  • David Lubbers
  • James Merritt & Lynne Ramsey-Merritt
  • Gary Mishler
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Will & Carol Perrin
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Roy Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Stevan White
  • Carlotta Wilde
  • Matt Woods Family
Special Thanks!

Scott Long
for the generous $1,250 donation

Anonymous
for the generous $1,000 donation

The Pet Bistro
for joining as
Corporate Member

Big Rack Brew Haus
for renewing as
Corporate Member

Ted & Holley Bzdega
Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
Stephen & Cathy Balderson
James Merritt & Lynne Ramsey-Merritt
for joining as
Contributing Friends

Lucy Brown
Philip Snyder
Scott & Susan Kirstein
Laure Guisinger
Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
Bill & Linda Weidmaier
Ken Morse
for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members
  • Emeal Myles & Debbi Mahon – 3 years
  • Tim & Kim Gibbons
  • Michael & Catherine Gerdes
  • Chris Gourley
  • John Kazwell
  • Gary Claseman – 3 years
  • Rodney Hopkins
  • Russell Stigler
  • Deb Westvold – 3 years
  • Jay Rosburg
  • Gary & Sheri Lortz
  • Norm Kubal, Gaye Johnson, and Holly Thompson
  • Lee & Susan Fergesen
  • Todd & Linda Szabo
  • Steve & Valerie Gwiasda
  • Jeff & Melissa Nederhoff
  • Tim & Wendy DeVries
  • Steve McCann & Dot Beason – 3 years
Renewing Members
  • Cindy Kidrowski
  • Teresa Gilbert
  • Kim Niles – 3 years
  • Sharon Heger
  • Mark Lage
  • Granville Williams & Sue Jensen – 3 years
  • Tony Zagar
  • Ed Woolsey & Mary Hynes
  • Ronald Langel
  • Philip Meyer
  • Brett Lovely
  • Michael Retman – 3 years
  • Vickie Strawn – 3 years
  • Sandra Simmons
  • Kent Newman
  • Moe Kauzlarich
  • Deana Williams – 3 years
  • Jo Littleton
  • Jay Gilliam – 3 years
  • Jim & Karen McCool – 3 years
  • Connie Walters & Mark Harris
  • Jesse James & Laura Brassell James
  • Gene & Holly Peterson
  • Brian Baker & Christina Cotton-Baker
  • John Byler
  • Diane Steggerda
  • Diane Schreck
  • Brenda & Bob Frizell
  • Myrna & Dan Robinson
  • Kathy Battles – 3 years
  • Janet McGovern
  • Patrick Fitzgerald
  • Jim & Carol Polito
  • Royce Canada & Julie Owen
  • Michael Pender & Donna Mann – 3 years
  • Faye & Roger Brown – 3 years
  • Pamela & Brian Stewart
  • Julie Warren
  • Gale & Lucretia Banks
  • William Oviatt
  • Tom Kopsa
  • Cindy Kirkpatrick
  • Todd & Roxanna Mason
Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES


SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL,
A DIVISION OF THE IOWA DEPT OF CULTURAL
AFFAIRS THROUGH THE FEDERAL CARES ACT

2021 Iowa Blues Challenge

Congratulations to the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo champions Buckmiller / Schwager! They will represent Iowa at the 2022 International Blues Challenge to be held January 18 – 22, 2022 on historic Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Runner up was Dewey Cantrell and third place went to Frank Strong. Get more info about the IBC at blues.org

Thank to Mark Lage for the wonderful performance photos!

 


September 19, 2021
2 PM @ Lefty’s Live Music

Join us for the 2021 Iowa Blues Challenge on September 19, 2021 at Lefty’s Live Music in Des Moines, IA. This is a FREE event starting at 2PM. This year’s challenge consists of four Solo/Duo acts and the performance schedule is as follows.

2:00-2:30 Nate Croson
2:45-3:15 Dewey Cantrell
3:30-4:00 Frank Strong
4:00-4:30 Tom Buckmiller and Brian Schwager

Participating acts will be vying for a prize package that includes cash, opportunities for paid gigs (including but not limited to the 2022 Winter Blues Fest) and travel expense stipend for the 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by The Blues Foundation.

The Central Iowa Blues Society is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which produces the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The International Blues Challenge will be held January 18- 22, 2022.

2021 Iowa Blues Challenge Sponsors

Iowa Public Radio, Sonic Factory Studios, Rieman Music,
VividPix & Design, Southeast Iowa Blues Society
and presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society


   

2021 Iowa Blues Challenge Participants

Nate Croson
2:00-2:30 – Solo/Duo

I’m 35 and live in my hometown of Newton. I started playing blues guitar when I was 18 and have been recording myself and posting to the internet since I was 20.  My biggest influences are John Lee Hooker, Fred McDowell, and Junior Kimbrough.


Dewy Cantrell
2:45-3:15 – Solo/Duo

Dewy Cantrell is a blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter form Des Moines, IA. Originally influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter, along with the British invasion of blues influenced guitar rock of the 60s and 70s, he first picked up a guitar more than 50 years ago and has never put it down since. He loves blues and blues-based rock but has really embraced finger-style acoustic blues over the last decade. Dewey’s songwriting covers the spectrum of emotion and life experiences- from the good times to pain and loss, to sentimental, to tongue-in check humor. “Hardly a day goes by without picking up a guitar and just picking a few tunes just for the sheer love of music.”


Frank Strong
3:30-4:00 – Solo/Duo

“Freight Train” Frank loves to play the blues on guitar and harmonica. Frank has been performing Blues for over 40 years. Frank is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.


Tom Buckmiller and Brian Schwager
4:00-4:30 – Solo/Duo

The Buckmiller/ Schwager duo have been busy playing shows all over the Des Moines Metro including the 2019 Winter Blues Fest Sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society. Tom Buckmiller, in conjunction with the Blues class he teaches at Drake University, has written three blues books featuring artists, fans, and venues. Brian Schwager is a sought-after guitar player and has played with several acts in the area. The duo also plays together in Tom Buckmiller and the Tone Tailors and have played WaukeePalooza, the Oahe Blues Fest (Pierre, SD), Rock and Rumble (Yankton, SD), The Summerdaze Series (West Des Moines), and other big shows.


Call for Acts

Acts in the Central Iowa Blues Challenge perform for a panel of independent judges and are scored using the same criteria used by the Blues Foundation at the IBC. You can find the rules and criteria at: https://blues.org/official-ibc-rules/. The highest scoring act in each category will be our representatives.

Download Application

Application submission begins August 9, 2021
Application DEADLINE is September 1, 2021

NOTE: the application is a fillable PDF. You will need to save to your
device and then complete it and SAVE again to retain the information.
Once completed and saved, submit with your high resolution photo.

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


How to Compete – Important Information

  • Up to FIVE Bands will be chosen to participate
  • Up to FIVE Solo/Duo acts will be chosen to participate
  • Only Acts with a COMPLETED application will be accepted; meaning all sections of the application must be completed and photo submitted. Don’t delay; we are accepting the first FIVE completed applications for each category, and then no further entries are allowed.
  • Applications are available HERE.
  • Applications will be accepted starting August 9th, 2021. The last date to submit applications is September 1st, 2021. Completed applications should be emailed to Julie Spong at challenge@cibs.org.

Restrictions

  • An act may enter the IBC a maximum of three times after which they are no longer eligible
  • An act may not participate In the IBC three consecutive years
  • Acts are limited to the state of Iowa

Performance Categories

  • Band: any act with more than two members
  • Solo/Duo: any act with only one or two members

Equipment Provided

  • A PA system, mic, drum kits and throne
  • Drummers may bring their own throne, cymbals, snare, and kick pedal

Time Limits

  • Each act is allotted 25 minutes for their performance. Timing begins when the first note is played
  • Please review all rules and scoring criteria at https://blues.org/official-ibc-rules/

CIBS Blues Crier :: MAY 2021


MAY 2021

FREE! Family Friendly! FUN! Come celebrate great music in a perfect setting at The Cellar at White Oak Winery, Memorial Weekend. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome. Please bring blankets, lawn chairs and all your friends! Wine from The Cellar at White Oak, beer from Confluence Brewing, BBQ and MORE from food vendors will be available to purchase. (Please, DO NOT bring your own alcohol, it is against Iowa State Law. Any alcohol must be purchased from the winery.)

SUNDAY, MAY 30 2021 @ 2PM
THE CELLAR AT WHITE OAK
15065 NE White Oak Dr, Cambridge, IA
(just three miles north of Ankeny)

KEVIN BURT
MIDNITE DAWGS
DEL JONES BLUES GANG
DUCHARME-JONES BAND
BO RAMSEY & THE SLIDERS

Presented By Central Iowa Blues Society, Fat Tuesday
Productions, The Cellar at White Oak and Confluence Brewery


Welcome Spring 2021!

It’s been awhile since our last newsletter, and we apologize. There hasn’t been a lot going on due to the pandemic, and it didn’t seem to be the best use of finances to produce a newsletter with no real news in it. We promise, your board of directors has continued to stay involved, and working towards bringing live blues back to Central Iowa blues fans as soon as it was responsibly possible. That time is now!

The big news right now is SpringFest #4 which will take place on Sunday, May 30 at the Cellar in Cambridge (three miles north of Ankeny). This year’s lineup is set with Kevin Burt, Midnite Dawgs, Del Jones Blues Gang, Ducharme-Jones Band, and Bo Ramsey and the Sliders. Music starts at 2pm. SpringFest is open to the public and FREE for everyone! There WILL be sangria and Confluence will be the official beer! Volunteers are needed for the event so please reach-out to Diane Hoffman at volunteer@cibs.org if you’re interested in volunteering.

Monthly membership meetings will resume on Monday, June 14 at the Cellar in Cambridge (three miles north of Ankeny). July’s membership meeting will be at Confluence Brewing. August-December will be announced as venues are confirmed.

On the top of the CIBS priority list is finalizing the Induction Ceremony for the Class 2020 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame. Watch for an announcement in mid summer for a fall date.

Winter BluesFest will resume in February, and we are hoping to add some club shows in the fall.

Speaking of the fall, the weekend of September 18 is slated for the Iowa Blues Challenge. A reminder about the format for entry: there will be a maximum of six solo/duo entries and six entries in the band category. These entries will be accepted from around the state, and slots will be filled on a first come, first registered basis. For more information, contact Julie Spong at challenge@cibs.org and watch for the call for entry this summer.

We have missed live music and getting together SO
MUCH. We can’t wait to see you all on the 30th!


MONDAY – JUN 14, 2021 @ 7:00PM
CIBS Membership Meeting
The Cellar at White Oak
15065 NE White Oak Dr, Cambridge, IA

CIBS members that attend the membership meeting are eligible to win door prizes at the end of the meeting… prizes such as tickets to a blues show, CDs, DVDs, Books, etc. Enjoy some live music after the meeting from Dewey Cantrell!



Follow us on Facebook!

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. And next thing you know he puts on his chef hat and goes LIVE with “Out Of The Blues Kitchen”. Adventures with food, drink and Blues, what else is there? Watch for our live spots on location or in The Blues Kitchen! PLUS you will find shared events, video and all the latest news from your favorite artists… check it out!

Upcoming “Where In The World” Artists


Blues With A Healing

Blues With A Healing is alive and well at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System

From left to right pictured is:  Kayla Lytle, Kate Stephany, Amber Krakau, and Matt Lloyd. All are Recreation Therapists and Matt is a Music Therapist.

A huge Blues hug goes out to the gifted artists that bring the healing power of Blues music to our Veterans every month! Bob Pace, Heath Alan, Kevin Burt, Rob Lumbard, Dave Ducharme-Jones, and Matt Woods.

Guitars For Vets
Another way to help our Veterans is through donating acoustic guitars. Actually, any instruments, any condition are accepted. The VA Central Iowa Health Care Systems Music Therapist, Matt Lloyd is the Guitars For Vets Iowa Chapter Administrator. A doctor can actually prescribe this program which includes ten, thirty minute lessons. Upon completing the tenth lesson, the Vet “graduates” and the National Guitars For Vets awards the Veteran a new acoustic guitar with many accessories!

If you, or know someone who has a guitar just collecting dust, you can donate this and potentially save a Veterans life! Contact our Education Chair, Steve Vasquez, education@cibs.org or call 515-664-4430


Blues Education

Blues In The Schools
I am meeting with Des Moines Public Schools band directors next week to update contacts and make plans for BITS 2022. Roosevelt and Lincoln High Schools are still wanting our BITS program. DMACC Ankeny Campus is also looking towards having BITS in 2022. There happen to be more sources for grants right now and we will be pursuing all available sources. If you wish to support this vital program, click on that donate button on cibs.org and designate BluesME as the recipient.

Des Moines Public Library’s Crossroads: A Journey With The Blues
The Crossroads: A Journey With The Blues has been given the green light! I spoke with Franklin Ave Library Manager, Nikki Hayter, recently and she said they are scheduling outdoor events at the city parks. I will be working with Lynn Heuss to schedule July through October! Park shelters at Ashby, Greenwood and Whitmer will be used for these events.  The park shelters have power and plenty of green space for distancing. Anything indoors is hinging on the Mayor’s decision on how much  and when restrictions will be lifted.

Blues-n-Chews
Central Iowa Blues Society’s BluesME e-cookbook, Blues-n-Chews, is available through our site for a suggested donation of $20, cibs.org. On the right hand column there is a donate button, click on that and include “cookbook” in the notes section when checking out. This is a collection of recipes from the Out Of The Blues Kitchen and the Where In The World series.


CIBS Membership

CIBS membership has fallen a bit in the past year — we are currently at 671. The COVID pandemic, inactivity, no membership meetings, no live music has taken a toll on all of us. Please consider joining or renewing your membership as we get back in the swing of things! We appreciate your continued support! Sign-up online HERE


CORPORATE MEMBERS

Asphalt

 

Bills Window & Screen Repair

DinosStorage_Mast

5Talents_final_High_res

FlyingMango

ClassicHats

leftys

LloydsCounseling

midwestix

Noce

PTB-logo

Strong Music Productions

 

About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES
HALL OF FAME

Bryan Church and
Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
periodic e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE

Contributors

Thank you to Scott Kirstein, Phil Snyder, Steve Vasquez, and Scott Allen for their contributions to the newsletter


Become a member
today at cibs.org!

BLUES ANGELS

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Lucy Brown
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Robert, Julie & Shawn Economaki
  • Bryan & Pat Farland
  • Steve Flood
  • Dave Grieve
  • Laure Guisinger
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Craig & Nancy Kelinson
  • Scott & Susan Kirstein
  • Brenda Leimberer
  • David Lubbers
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Gary Mishler
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Will & Carol Perrin
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Roy Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Stevan White
  • Carlotta Wilde
  • Matt Woods

Special Thanks!

Matt Woods
for the generous $1,200 donation

Dave Grieve
for the generous $2,000 donation

Steve White
$200 donation in memory
of Andre Mosqeda

Summerset Winery
Snus Hill Winery
Peace Tree Brewing
Triple A Seeds
Strong Music Productions
Classic Hats
Bill’s Window & Screen Repair
Covered Bridges Winery

for renewing as
Corporate Member

Craig & Nancy Kelinson
Brent & Dawn Jaeger
Bryan & Pat Farland

for joining as
Contributing Friends

Steve Flood
Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
Mark Kean
Deb Kean
Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
Dan & Jill Stevenson
Pete Damiano
Phil & Martha Thien
Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
Robert Mulgrew
for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members
  • Tom Crane & Cindy Rote
  • TK Williams
  • Steven & Judy Neal
  • David Klockau – 3 years
  • Kevin Simcox
  • Stephanie Shearer
  • Nicholas Shipley
Renewing Members
  • Dan Nicholson
  • Carol Spencer
  • Cindy Findley
  • Teresa & Michael McCabe – 3 years
  • Serena James – 3 years
  • Sean Gannon & Kate Reed
  • Richard Summy
  • Todd, Sue, Sarah Mattison, Leah Joslyn & Steve Moolin – 3 years
  • Linda Bucklew
  • Bob Darr
  • Jean Walker
  • Patricia Horton – 3 years
  • Linda Olson – 3 years
  • Curt Gause – 3 years
  • Betty Buss
  • Kirk & Nannette Tibbetts
  • Jack, Irene, John Hickl, Amy & Lilly Hutchins
  • Steve Thomas
  • Russ & LeAnn Holmes
  • Edward & Janna Klingensmith
  • Don Nelson
  • Dave Grieve – 3 years
  • Jeff & Louisa Perry – 3 years
  • Kevin Davisson & Roseann Martin-Norris – 3 years
  • Tim & Diane Bohlen – 3 years
  • Lisa & Jeff Rock – 3 years
  • Tom Dorsey – 3 years
  • Patricia Fortune
  • Steve Siegrist
  • David & Terrie Ferree – 3 years
  • Richard, Cheryl, Jacob, Owen & Phoebe Smith – 3 years
  • John Augustine & Josie Siefken
  • Jim & Joey Bolstad
  • Richard & Kathlyn Custard
  • David Dickson – 3 years
  • Mark & Sue Opsal – 3 years
  • Jim Maloney
  • Tom Kammerer
  • Louise Ellis
  • Bill Wheeler & Shelly Nelson – 3 years
  • Art & Molly Hanford
  • Scott Benton – 3 years
  • Marcella Marnholtz – 3 years
  • Frank & Nancy Bodine – 3 years
  • John & Elaine Mattingly
  • Dennis May – 3 years
  • Steve Chevalier – 3 years
  • Karen Todd
  • Kathryn & Jeremy Fox
  • Paul & Kelly Aasmundstad
  • Jean Allen & John Goerdt
  • John Davis & Ally Landis
  • Jon & Robin Arnold – 3 years
  • Craig Peterson
  • Kris & Sandy Baumgart
  • Joe Cuttell
  • Kevin & Kathy VanderEcken
  • Bob & Sue Simons
  • Thomas McBride
  • Carla Mickael – 3 years
  • Jeff Lenz & Ruth Roberts
  • Larry & Pearl Laborde
  • Gerald Paglia
  • Paul Gibson – 3 years
  • L.J. Pollak & Nancy Crowfoot – 3 years
  • Rick & Kit Lancaster – 3 years
  • Steve & Marilyn Coleman
  • Gerri Lyon – 3 years
  • Abu Timbo – 3 years
  • Ted & Jule Reynolds
  • Dori Lyman
  • Douglas Deaton – 3 years
  • Don Erickson
  • Brad & Dawn McCloud
  • George Roby – 3 years
  • Jennifer Spencer
  • Mark Skahill – 3 years

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES


SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE IOWA ARTS COUNCIL,
A DIVISION OF THE IOWA DEPT OF CULTURAL
AFFAIRS THROUGH THE FEDERAL CARES ACT

SpringFest #4 – May 30th

FREE! Family Friendly! FUN! Come celebrate great music in a perfect setting at The Cellar at White Oak Winery, Memorial Weekend. Admission is FREE! All ages are welcome. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs. Wine from The Cellar at White Oak and BBQ and MORE from food vendors will be available to purchase. (Please, DO NOT bring your own alcohol, it is against Iowa State Law. Any alcohol must be purchased from the winery.)

Sunday, May 30 2021 @ 2PM

The Cellar at White Oak
15065 NE White Oak Dr, Cambridge, IA

2:00-3:00 DUCHARME-JONES BAND
3:30-4:30 DEL JONES BLUES GANG
5:00-6:30 MIDNITE DAWGS
7:00-8:30 BO RAMSEY & THE SLIDERS
Special guest throughout the day KEVIN BURT

Presented By Central Iowa Blues Society, Fat Tuesday
Productions, The Cellar at White Oak and Confluence Brewery

Get Help with Rent & Utilities

IMPACT Community Action Partnership will be administering rent and utility assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to residents of Polk County, including the City of Des Moines. This program may provide eligible Polk County residents with assistance for a period of up to twelve months.   

Can the electric company turn off my heat? Iowa prevents utilities from shutting off power to eligible low-income residents from Nov. 1 to April 1.
How can I get help with my overdue utility bills? The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, often called Li-HEAP, is funded by the federal government and provides a one-time payment to families struggling to pay their energy bills.

A new program, called the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program, is expected to kick off in March, providing $195 million in federal assistance to Iowans struggling to pay their rent and utilities due to lost jobs or income tied to the coronavirus public health crisis. Landlords also can apply for aid.

How do I get help through LiHEAP? Iowans should contact their nearest community action agency to qualify. The program helps families making 175% or less of the federal poverty guidelines. A family of three in Iowa, for example, could earn $38,010 in annual gross income. Applications are open through April 30.

How do I get help through the federal rental and utilities program? The Iowa Finance Authority will begin the application process this week, with information available at iowahousingrecovery. com or by calling (855) 300-5885 or (515) 348-8813.

People who live in Des Moines or Polk County should contact IMPACT Community Action Partnership to apply for assistance. Polk County will have $14 million available to help central Iowa residents. Visit www.impactcap.org/erap or call (515) 777-7644. Both the state and Polk County are working to ramp up the programs. The state finance authority plans to have additional customer service representatives available to help Iowans qualify for the program.

MVBS Black History Month Video Series

From our Mississippi Valley Blues Society friends.February is Black History Month, an especially appropriate time of year to learn about blues music and its role in America’s history. Featuring blues musicians Kevin Burt and Hal Reed, who, as African Americans, have first and second-hand knowledge of the development of blues music in the rural South and urban areas of this country. Also featuring nationally-recognized blues musician and historian Robert Jones, an African American from Detroit who has made a lifetime study of the origins and development of blues music. WATCH HERE

Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program

We’re excited to share that the Central Iowa Blues Society recently benefited from the $7 million of federal CARES Act funding Governor Kim Reynolds allocated to provide relief to Iowa’s arts and culture industry with a $5,000 grant award.

Iowa is stronger together. Thank you for letting us be a part of your communities!

Support provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 2, 2020
Contact: Jeff Morgan, 515-281-3858, jeff.morgan@iowa.gov

Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Arts & Cultural Recovery Program

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to grant $7 million for relief

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced the launch of an Iowa Arts & Cultural Recovery Program. The statewide grant program will provide short-term relief to arts venues, cultural organizations and creative workers who have lost significant business or income due to the pandemic.

“Art, history, culture and creativity are vital to Iowa communities and further promote our overall quality of life,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Right now, many cultural venues are financially at risk, for no other reason than for doing their part to slow the spread of the virus. This program will provide new resources to help these small businesses adapt their operations, maintain jobs, and be ready to re-open as we return to a new normal.”

The state has allocated $7 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for the Iowa Arts & Cultural Recovery Program. The statewide program, an extension of the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund, is offered through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and will be administered by two of its divisions, the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program will provide relief grants ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 for arts and cultural organizations struggling to make up for reduced admissions, ticket sales, and other revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program also will provide relief grants for eligible Iowa artists who are experiencing financial hardship and can demonstrate lost revenue and/or increased expenditures due to the ongoing public health emergency.

“We are grateful to Governor Reynolds for recognizing and valuing the importance of arts and culture by preserving jobs and supporting operations at destinations across the state,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “Even though the arts and cultural sector has served Iowans in innovative new ways this year – through virtual learning, outdoor performances and online concerts – these new grants are necessary to sustain Iowa’s
museums, performing arts theaters, music venues, and an entire industry that is critical to Iowa’s long-term goals of workforce development, creative placemaking and tourism.”

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs opens the Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund to new applications on Dec. 2. Nonprofit cultural organizations, eligible music venues and individual artists may apply to the program through Dec. 11.

Grant funds may be used to offset lost revenue from closures, canceled events or business interruptions and applied to the costs of facilities, payroll and other eligible expenses incurred between March 1, 2020, and Dec. 30, 2020. Grant funds also may be used for expenses associated with reopening, adopting COVID-19 cleaning and safety measures, or adapting programs to virtual formats.

Grant applications and a full list of eligibility requirements can be found online at
iowaculture.gov. Application questions should be directed to Veronica O’Hern, the Iowa Arts Council’s grant services and artist program manager, at veronica.ohern@iowa.gov.

To help explain the application guidelines, the Iowa Arts Council will offer a pair of one-hour webinars on Friday, Dec. 4 – one at 10 a.m. for organizations and music venues, and another at 2 p.m. for individual artists. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register for the webinars at iowaculture.gov.

The Iowa Arts Council staff also will be available to answer questions during virtual office hours Dec. 7-11.

Facts and figures about Iowa’s arts and culture industry

  • Iowa’s nonprofit arts and culture industry has lost hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue since the pandemic began, according to an American for the Arts survey of more than 350 Iowa arts and cultural organizations.
  • In a typical year, Iowa’s creative sector accounts for 2.3 percent of the state’s economy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Iowa’s arts, culture, history and creative industries, including film and media, together employ more than 42,000 Iowans working in more than 5,000 nonprofit and for-profit businesses.

2021 Botanical Blues

PERFORMANCE LINEUP*

  • Jan. 24: J.D. Flanagan and Pat Hemann
  • Jan. 31: Royce Johns
  • Feb. 7: Ducharme-Jones
  • Feb. 14: The Drama Kings
  • Feb. 21: Major Blues and the Mugshots
  • Feb. 28: Brian “Taz” Grant
  • March 7: Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell
  • March 14: Bryce Janey
  • March 21: Matt Woods
  • March 28: Dennis Kain

*All performers are subject to change, due
to COVID-19 and the safety of our guests.

For the safety of guests, admission to Botanical Blues will require advanced online registration. Each week will also have two time slots—12:30 p.m. (music starts at 1 p.m.) and 2:45 p.m. (music starts at 3 p.m.)—with limited capacity. No walk-ins will be accepted. Get tickets through the Garden’s website www.dmbotanicalgarden.com or over the phone by calling 515.323.6290.

Members: FREE, but advance registration is required; Nonmembers (all ages): $10 with advanced registration
Free Passes and Pineapple Program tokens will not be honored for Botanical Blues events.

Safety Protocols – We have implemented several new guidelines and procedures to help ensure the continued health of our guests, staff and volunteers. Guests must adhere to all safety protocols.

  • The number of guests allowed in during each block will be capped to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Guests will be assigned seating through the conservatory. Groups should not exceed four (4) people.
  • Face coverings are required at all times, excluding children under age 2. Guests will not be allowed entry without an adequate face covering.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others not in your group.
  • Do not visit the Garden if you are ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; if anyone in your household is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or if you have been in contact with anyone who is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Trellis Café will be open for Botanical Blues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • High touch surfaces throughout the Garden, including the restrooms, will be regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day to enhance hygiene and safety.
  • We look forward to safely welcoming you to your Garden for Botanical Blues and thank you in advance for adhering to these procedures to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

Food and Beverage – Food and beverage will be available and ordered through Trellis staff. NOTE you will be served at your assigned seat and can only consume food and beverage while seated. You must wear a face covering when not drinking or eating even if you are seated.

CIBS Blues Crier :: NOV/DEC 2020


NOV/DEC 2020

Dear CIBS members,

It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to gather and wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to for the last few months.

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable for the arts and entertainment industry. Since the pandemic started, each act that was booked (or in planning) for an event, membership meeting, BITS, club show, etc. (and then COVID-cancelled) has been paid in full. The board felt that this was an important commitment we had made to the artists who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 protocols. We felt this was the best way we could continue to support the blues during this time and it has helped make a difference for many artists.

At last count, we have paid out over $16,000. The ability to do this is afforded by our strong membership and our volunteer board of directors that is dedicated to our mission. Not to mention the Bravo Greater Des Moines grant we received last year.

Now more than ever the blues community needs us. And we need you to continue doing what we do to support the blues during these trying times. We are not asking for donations. Your continued membership is the support we need. You can also advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention about CIBS on your social media would mean the world to us.

With the increase in infections across the nation and around the world CIBS is extending the cancellation of all our in-person gatherings through March of 2021 in hopes that the infection rates will start to slow, and a much-needed vaccine will become available.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our Blues Family! Without you, none of what we do is possible.

Here’s wishing you all the happiest of Holidays!

Stay safe and Be well,

Scott Allen
President, Central Iowa Blues Society


Winter Blues Fest / SpringFest

As we close out 2020 (thankfully), here’s what’s been going on with CIBS. First of all, out of an abundance of caution (we’re starting to really dislike that phrase, by the way), your Board of Directors has made the determination that the 2021 Winter Blues Fest will be cancelled.

Winter Blues Fest is a very important part of our annual budget – but it is also a significant financial investment for the club and most of those commitments are made with the plan that people will be attending the show. While it does look like there is some light at the end of the tunnel, (and without getting into a political fray) based on the protocols in place right now we can’t hold the event in Des Moines.

Winter Blues Fest WILL be back in 2022! The dates February 11-12, 2022 are being held at the Downtown Marriott and we are excited to bring everyone back together when it is safer to do so.

That doesn’t mean “no live music” until then, though. We are planning SpringFest again for the Sunday before Memorial Day – May 30, 2021. This outdoor event will be the same format as in previous years, great bands, fruity sangria, and FREE ADMISSION. Social distancing protocols will of course be in place as required, but this is always well attended, and will be a great time for everyone!

Thanks to each of you for continuing your support of the Central Iowa Blues Society!


Follow us on Facebook!

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”. In this episode he was joined by special guest, Tom Buckmiller as they made a savory waffle, chicken bacon ranch sandwich! Don’t miss out… check it out!


Live Music & Streaming Concerts

The List – Live Music

DSMTV Live

Iowa Live Music

Can’t Stop the Blues

Information about live music and online 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.


Mississippi Valley Blues Society

Our friends at Mississippi Valley Blues Society have a nifty new website, logo, and a 30-minute documentary to check out! 35 Years: A Celebration of The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival –>>


Volunteers

As the Holiday Season approaches Scott Benton and I wanted to take a minute and tell all of our past, present, and future volunteers how extremely grateful we are to have all of you. Without the contribution of the volunteer’s time and effort many of the CIBS events would not have been possible nor will they be possible without you. Scott and I were extremely excited when we replaced the wonderful Deb Bodson upon her retirement as CIBS’ Production Committee Chair. There were many great shows scheduled and we were looking forward to organizing the volunteers for the Winter Blues Festival, which was to be held February 2021. We have experienced numerous show cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic including the Winter Blues Festival. Scott and I are optimistic that by Spring we will be able to gather again and enjoy the live music we all cherish. Meanwhile, as we wait, Scott and I need your help. We are working on updating our volunteer database. We are asking all of our CIBS members who have volunteered in the past or who would like the opportunity to volunteer in the future to please reach out to us. Please email your name and contact information to volunteers@cibs.org. We look forward to working with all of you again.  ~ Diane Hoffman, CIBS Production Co-Chair


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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE

Contributors

Thank you to Scott Kirstein, Phil Snyder, Diane Hoffman, and Scott Allen for their contributions to the newsletter.

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES

Blues Angels

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Julie Aukerson & Bobby Dickerson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Deb Bodson
  • Lucy Brown
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Robert, Julie & Shawn Economaki
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Steve Flood
  • Kate Garst
  • Laure Guisinger
  • Ray Hall
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • Scott & Susan Kirstein
  • Brenda Leimberer
  • David Lubbers
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Chris Miner
  • Gary Mishler
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • Will & Carol Perrin
  • John Rapp
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Roy Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Paul & Cindy Valin
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Stevan White
  • Carlotta Wilde

Special Thanks!

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for joining as
Corporate Member

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& Construction Co

for renewing as
Corporate Member

Laure Guisinger
Gary Mishler
Julie & Shawn Economaki
Scott & Susan Kirstein
Brenda Leimberer
Roy Snyder
Will & Carol Perrin
Carlotta Wilde
for joining as
Contributing Friends

Roger & Kathy Morrison
Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
Philip Snyder
Bill & Linda Weidmaier
Bob, Julie & Shawn Economaki
Leigh Lussie
Ken Morse
Lucy Brown
Stevan White
Greg & Sheila Robinson
Tim & Sheila Drevyanko
Arlen Bloom
Ron Jarboe
Lanny Battani
for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members

Marv Stokes – 3 years
Marni Hockenberg
Chris, Nancy, Ty & Ayana Miller

Renewing Members

Don Erickson
Brad & Dawn McCloud
Larry & Pearl Laborde
Kim Niles
Dave & Traci Atkin
Steve & Kristi Forest
Cindy Grill Kirkpatrick
Diane Schreck
Greg & Deanna Smith – 3 years
Ray Freeman
Kathy Battles
Todd & Roxanna Mason
Grover Kirkman
Steven Fogarty & Dana Swenson – 3 years
Scott Allen & Jen Taylor – 3 years
Michael, Diana, Emily & Madeline Rolands
Royce Canada & Julie Owen
David & Renee Clippert
Myrna Kolln & Dan Robinson
Bob & Brenda Frizell
Rod & Julie Visser – 3 years
Diane Steggerda
Sandra Simmons
Jim & Linda Parker – 3 years
John Byler
Dave Heggen & Bonnie Deaton
Mike Cooling & Vicky McClelland
Patrick Fitzgerald
Jeff Tomlin & Deb Dillman
Mark & Lori Long
Alice Bryan & Ron Little – 3 years
David Elliott & Marie Kresse
Carol & Jim Polito
Janet McGovern
Dennis & Sharon Creveling
Mark Rocha
Sue & Jim Heemstra
Bill McElrath – 3 years
Jill Willrich
Lisa Woodring – 3 years
David & Deborah Burford – 3 years
Mickey Peterson
Jerry & Deb Amenson
Teresa & Ralph Rosenberg
Brian, Sue & Riley Samuelson
Randy Brown
Gary & Janna Johnson – 3 years
David & Nanci Sande
Susan Murphy
Donna Rosenbaum
Rodney Nelson
Larry Mersereau
Mark Soldat & Jeanne Anderson – 3 years
Lynette Webster
Jeff Wagner
Andrea Rojohn
Cyndi Webster-Miller
Dean & Samantha Miller
Barb Farrow – 3 years
David Long
Ron & Kay Riggins
Susan Smith
Dale & Kathy Anderson – 3 years
Norman Nelson
Phil Meyer
Kirk Reeder & Sharon Hall
Dan Jordan
Phyllis Deremiah

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Jessica Leo (coming 2021)

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME
Bryan Church and Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

 

Become a member
today at cibs.org!

CIBS Blues Crier :: JUN/JUL 2020


JUN/JUL 2020

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 challenge@cibs.org


Follow us on Facebook!

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!


Live Music Streaming & Virtual Concerts

The List – Live Stream Music

DSMTV Live

Iowa Live Music

Can’t Stop the Blues

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.


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.


COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS

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.

Scott Allen
President, Central Iowa Blues Society


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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES

Blues Angels

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Julie Aukerson & Bobby Dickerson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Deb Bodson
  • Lucy Brown
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Robert Economaki
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Steve Flood
  • Kate Garst
  • Ray Hall
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • David Lubbers
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Chris Miner
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • John Rapp
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Paul & Cindy Valin
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Stevan White

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
in Memory of Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position (interested?)

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME
Bryan Church and Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

 

Become a member
today at cibs.org!

CIBS Blues Crier :: APR/MAY 2020


APR/MAY 2020

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!

Sincerely,

Scott Allen
President, Central Iowa Blues Society


Live Music Streaming & Virtual Concerts

The List – Live Stream Music

DSMTV Live

Iowa Live Music

Can’t Stop the Blues

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 challenge@cibs.org


Congratulations!

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.


Follow us on Facebook!

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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About CIBS

Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration,
Preservation
& Education!

The Central Iowa Blues Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers. Our mission is to keep the blues alive through celebration, preservation, and education. We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through Blues in the Schools.

Central Iowa Blues Society received The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2016. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world.

Mailing Address

Central Iowa Blues Society
Post Office Box 13016
Des Moines, IA 50310-0016

NEWSLETTER

The Blues Crier is a
monthly e-newsletter.
Please send submissions
to news@cibs.org

ADVERTISING info HERE

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN
PART BY BRAVO GREATER DES MOINES

Blues Angels

Beth Bloom

Contributing Friends
  • Julie Aukerson & Bobby Dickerson
  • Lanny Battani
  • Arlen Bloom
  • Deb Bodson
  • Lucy Brown
  • Dewey & Suzanne Cantrell
  • Dirk & Carol Cavanaugh
  • Ron Cooper & Connie Molison
  • Pete Damiano (Homebrewed)
  • Bernie Dowd
  • Dr. Timothy & Sheila Drevyanko
  • Robert Economaki
  • Marty Enslow & Sarah Cartwright
  • Jeff Duskin
  • Steve Flood
  • Kate Garst
  • Ray Hall
  • Rick & Becky Harmon
  • Georgia Helmick & Bob Pace
  • Brent & Dawn Jaeger
  • Ron Jarboe
  • Gary Jensen
  • Mark & Deb Kean
  • David Lubbers
  • Leigh Lussie
  • Chris Miner
  • Roger & Kathy Morrison
  • Ken Morse
  • Robert Mulgrew
  • John Rapp
  • Greg & Sheila Robinson
  • Philip Snyder
  • Dan & Jill Stevenson
  • Phil & Margaret Stoffregan
  • Frank & Jeanette Strong
  • Greg & Barbara Sutherland
  • Jenipher & Scot Sutherland
  • Phil & Martha Thien
  • Paul & Cindy Valin
  • John Washburn
  • Bill & Linda Weidmaier
  • Stevan White

Special Thanks!

Kelly’s Little Nipper
for joining as
Corporate Member

Rock in Prevention
Gary Lloyd, Lloyd’s Counseling

for renewing as
Corporate Member

Robert Mulgrew
Phil & Martha Thien

for renewing as
Contributing Friends

Welcome New Members

Stephen Jessen

Dale Hymen

Brad Riley

Renewing Members

Mike Pender
3 years

Kevin, Kori, Ethan,
Seth & Myles Bodtke
3 years

Ruth & Larry Jones
3 years

Thomas McBride

Kris & Sandy Baumgart

Irene Reeves

Tom Buckmiller
3 years

Jennifer & Jeremy Spencer

Iowa Blues Radio

BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
hosted by Steve Cushing
SUNDAYS 12AM-5 AM

BLUE AVENUE
hosted by Bob Dorr
SUNDAYS 5-6:30PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM


THE 5:01 BLUES
hosted by Ron Sorenson
WEEKDAYS 5-5:15PM

T-BONE’S HOUSE ROCKIN’ BLUES
PARTY
& THE GROOVE ZONE
hosted by Don Erickson
TUESDAYS 7-10PM


DADDY’S DOGHOUSE
hosted by Mike Ketcham
TUESDAYS @ 7PM &
SUNDAYS @ NOON


CONFESSING THE BLUES
hosted by Cleve Baker
SUNDAYS 8-10AM

THE ROADHOUSE
hosted by Andre Mosqueda
SUNDAYS 10AM-NOON


DA FRIDAY BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 6-10PM

BACKSTAGE BLUES
hosted by John Heim
FRIDAYS 10-11PM

BEALE STREET CARAVAN
hosted by Pat Mitchell
SATURDAYS 1-2 AM

DA BLUES
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 6-10PM

CRAWFISH CIRCUIT
hosted by Bob DeForest
SATURDAYS 10-11PM

MIDNIGHT BLUES CD
FRI & SAT NIGHTS

CIBS Crew

PRESIDENT
Scott Allen

ADMINISTRATOR
Suzanne Cantrell

PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE
& MERCHANDISE
Scott Kirstein

MEMBERSHIP & TALENT
Philip Snyder

EDUCATION
Steve Vasquez

PRODUCTION
Diane Hoffman

DIRECTOR
Scott Benton

MEDIA
Jen Taylor

MARKETING
Open Position (interested?)

IOWA BLUES CHALLENGE
Julie Spong

IOWA BLUES HALL OF FAME
Bryan Church and Tom Buckmiller

PARLIMENTARIAN
Jeff Duskin

 

Become a member
today at cibs.org!

CANCELLED – 2020 Iowa Blues Challenge

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 challenge@cibs.org