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2014 Iowa Blues Challenge
The 2014 Iowa Blues Challenge is presented by proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, South Skunk Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society, It features head to head competition culminating in a four band Final round to be held Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 1000 Walnut Street in Des Moines, Iowa.
Rounds will be held in Des Moines and Bettendorf, IA. 8 bands from across Iowa will compete in 2 preliminary rounds. The first round of competitors in Des Moines will be Jefferson County Green Band, El Dorados, Hot Tamale & the Red Hots and Rosendahl. Bands will start at 7 PM at Zimm’s Food & Spirits on Thursday, April 10th .$8 cover or $5 for members, but you MUST have a current CIBS membership card.
The second round will be at The Muddy Waters in Bettendorf on Sunday, April 13th starting at 6:00 PM with Phineas J’s, Concrete Slim & the Sidewalks, The Harris Collection and Mercury Brothers. Two bands from each initial round will advance to the Finals on Saturday, May 17th at the Hotel Fort Des Moines starting at 8:00 PM with a $10 admission or $7 for card carrying CIBS members.
For more information go to www.cibs.com.
DC Blues Society – Washington, D.C.
Join the DC Blues Society for a dance party with live music on April 19, 2014 from 8pm-12:30am (American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern Street, Wheaton MD 20902). Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door (www.dcblues.org). Doors open at 7 pm.
Dance to live blues from 3 DC Blues Society Battle of the Band Winners. We’re throwing a party to help The Blues Foundation build the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, TN. Leave your hard hat at home but bring your dancing shoes!
Performing are the Stacy Brooks Band who represented the DC Blues Society at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Stacy’s voice and incredible stage presence have led to collaborations with blues stars Billy Branch and Kenny Neal.
Also appearing: The Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner Band who has a reputation for blistering fret work that inspires dancers to sweat!
Rounding out the lineup: Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark and The Blues Allstars play a mix of contemporary blues with a funk edge. For more info http://dcblues.org/
Minnesota Blues Society – St. Paul, MN
Road 2 Memphis Challenge, Two days of competition, Solo/duo: Sunday, April 6, 1:00 at Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6th & Wabasha, St. Paul, 5 acts competing.
Band: Sunday, April 27, 1:00 at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St., St. Paul, 7 acts competing. Winners of both competitions will represent MnBS at the 2015 IBC in Memphis. $10 suggested donation, both events
Also, Benefit for Allison Miller (daughter of Dee Miller, Dee Miller Band) Sunday, April 13, 1:00, Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, 1638 Rice St., St. Paul Acts to perform: Steve Clarke, Annie Mack Band, Jimmi “Prime Time” Smith, Dee Miller Band, Who Nu.
Allison remains hospitalized in critical condition due to very serious complications of influenza B (double pneumonia, one collapsed lung, one infected lung, dialysis, leg amputation.) More info/donations: www.caringbridge.org/visit/allisonmiller3 or www.youcaring.com/helpallisonmiller
To donate to silent auction (by April 11) contact Christina Hoglund @ Christina@mnbs.org More Info at www.mnbs.org
Mississippi Valley Blues Society – Davenport, IA
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents Blues in the Schools Artists-in-Residence program this spring with educators and musicians Ellis Kell and Bret Dale visiting 10 area schools the week of April 7 through 11. Ellis and Bret will also be performing at three open-to-the-public venues on Tuesday April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bettendorf Public Library, 18th St. and Tech Drive, Bettendorf, IA, on Wednesday April 9 at 6:30 at Cool Beanz, 1325 30th Street, Rock Island, IL and on Thursday April 10 at 6:30 (with a band) at the River Music Experience upstairs, 2nd and Main Streets, Davenport, IA.Ellis and Bret are both educators with the River Music Experience. Ellis has been instrumental in the success of the RME’s Winter Blues Program and in bringing those kids to the BluesFest’s BlueSKool every year. Bret will join him at BlueSKool this year. Both musicians believe in the power of the blues to heal, as a form of self-expression, as a celebration of life and therapy for the soul.
Their program, THE BLUES: HEART & SOUL OF AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC, will trace the origins and significance of the blues as the cornerstone of American roots music and contemporary music, through live performance, stories and audience interaction. From Congo Square and cotton fields in the Great Migration to Beale Street, Maxwell Street and beyond, they deliver the goods with passion and respect for the magic and mystery found in “three chords + the truth.”
Also, The Mississippi Valley Blues Society presents the preliminary round of the Iowa Blues Challenge at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the Muddy Waters. Four bands will play thirty-minute sets starting at 6:00 p.m. Competitors are Phineas J’s, Harris Collection, Mercury Brothers, and William Bixby Band. Two of the bands competing in the IBC Preliminaries will earn the right to move into the IBC Final Round, to be held in Des Moines on May 17, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. $5 MVBS Members/$8 Non-Members
For more info visit www.mvbs.org
Friends of the Blues – Kankakee, IL
2014 Friends of the Blues Concert Series – All shows held in Waseka, IL unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, April 17, Annie Mack, Moose Lodge, Thursday , May 8, Tullie Brae, Moose Lodge, Tuesday, May 20, Ori Naftaly Band, Moose Lodge, Thursday, June 5, Sad Sam Blues Jam, Moose Lodge, Tuesday, June 24, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club, Tuesday, July 8, Brandon Santini, BB Sportsmen’s Club , Wednesday, July 16, Albert Castiglia, Longbranch Restaurant, Thursday, July 31, Terry Quiett Band, Venue TBA, Tuesday, August 12, Laurie Morvan Band, Bradley Bourbonnais Sportsmen’s Club, Tues or Thur, August 26 or 28, Nikki Hill (& Matt Hill), Venue TBA, Thursday, October 02, Sena Ehrhardt, Moose Lodge
The Blues Society of Central PA – Steelton, PA
The Blues Society of Central PA will be welcoming spring with our BSCP Spring Fever Show on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 4:30 – 9:00 PM at Champions Sports Bar 300 N. Second St. Highspire, PA. Admission at the door will be $15.
Blues music will begin at 5:00 PM with a 30 minute show by Colin John, 2014 Blues Foundation IBC solo/duo semi-finalist. The music will continue with 60 minutes of blues harp and vocals by the Dane Paul Russell Band. Dane Paul was the late Bobby Parker’s harp sideman. The BSCP will prouding be featuring our headliner, Vizztone Recording artist, Long Tall Deb & The Werewolves of Alabama to heat up Champions and end the chill of winter with a 90 minute set of burning blues. More info at: www.bscpblues.org
River City Blues Society – Pekin, IL
River City Blues Society presents live Blues featuring Ghost Town Blues band at 7:30PM Friday April 18th at Goodfellas 1414 N. 8th St. Pekin, Illinois. Admission: $6.00 general public or $4.00 for RCBS Members For more info visit: www.rivercityblues.com or call 309-648-8510:
The Ventura County Blues Society – Ventura County, CA
On Saturday, April 26 the Ventura County Blues society presents the The 9th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival at Moorpark College with its best lineup yet, featuring headlining performances by Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars; Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue featuring Sugaray Rayford with Kid Ramos and friends; Sista Monica Parker; , Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers; , Michael John and The Bottom Line and friends, including vocalist Karen Lovely; and Lightnin’ Willie.
Returning as Celebrity Emcee is noted actor-musician, Mickey Jones. Food and craft vendors, guitar giveaway, and, for the first time, a Ticketed V.I.P. area. Benefits the American Diabetes Association and community charities. Presale General Admission tickets $20. in advance, $30. at the gate; V.I.P. tickets $100. (limited quantity available). More information at www.venturacountyblues.com.
Crossroads Blues Society – Byron, Illinois
Crossroads Blues Society is proud to present the second annual Field of Blues Festival on Saturday, June 28th at Rockford Aviators Stadium in Loves Park.
Alex Wilson Band is opening beginning his set at noon. Next up is an international act, Italian blues and singing sensation Linda Valori at 2 PM along with super guitar player Luca Giordano and our own Barstool Bob Blues Band with Bob Levis on guitar, Al Terrano on bass, Link Leary on drums and Don Collins on harmonica.
The Jimmy’s will bring their swinging blues at 4 PM. At 6 PM, the ever cool Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling will take the stage with the Jewel Tones.
At 8 PM our headliners will be John Nemeth!
Between acts we will feature local acoustic blues man Dan Phelps. 10 hours of music from noon to 10 PM (we close at 10:30 PM). Tickets will once again only be $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Check us out at http://fieldofblues.blogspot.com/ or call festival chairman Steve Jones at 779-537-4006 for more information!
The Illinois Central Blues Club – Springfield, IL
The Illinois Central Blues Club has announced the line-up of talent for the Blue Monday live performances and jam sessions held every Monday night at The Alamo, 115 North Fifth, Springfield, IL from 8:00pm to midnight. Additional information on any performer listed below is available upon request. April 14 – The Blues Expressions, April 21 – Brad Vickers and the Vestapolitans, April 28 – Greg Glick
Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Michael Rapier, President of ICBC, at firstname.lastname@example.org at 217-899-9422, or contact Greg Langdon, Live Events Chair, at email@example.com or by visiting www.icbluesclub.org