The 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo winners are Tina and Brandon in Fairfield and Eastside Brothers in Des Moines. They will compete against the Quad Cities winner at the finals in May.
Congratulations to Mother Ship Blues Band, winner of Des Moines Band competition. They will advance to finals and compete against the winning Quad Cities and Newton bands.
The Newton preliminary BAND challenge will be this Sunday, April 26th @ 4 pm at the
Izaak Walton League, 889 County Hwy F36 in Newton. Admission is $8 with a $3 discount for current Iowa Blues Society members with card.
The Quad Cities Solo/Duo AND Band preliminary rounds are Sunday, April 26th @ 5 pm at River Music Experience, 129 N Main Street in Davenport. Admission is $10 with $2 discount for current Iowa Blues Society members with card.
The Iowa Blues Challenge FINALS will be held at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines on Saturday, May 16 at 6:30 PM. Admission is $10 with a $2 discount for current Iowa Blues Society card carrying members. The winner from each category will represent Iowa at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2016. For more information, band photos and bios go to www.cibs.org.
Special thanks to all the competing musicians and sponsors: Budweiser, Summit Brewing, Cityview, Junior’s Motel, Rieman Music, River Music Experience, Zimm’s Food & Spirits, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, South Skunk Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society & Central Iowa Blues Society.