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2015 Iowa Blues Challenge Update

Posted April 29, 2015 in Web Exclusives

Congratulations to the 3 Solo/Duo Acts and 3 Blues Bands who won the preliminary rounds and will advance to the 2015 Iowa Blues Challenge finals!

The Des Moines winning duo, Eastside Brothers, Quad City solo, Dan Peart and Fairfield duo, Tina and Brandon will compete in the Solo/Duo category. The Des Moines preliminary band winner, Mother Ship Blues Band, Newton’s winning band, Wooden Nickel Lottery and the Quad Cities winner, Zach Harris Band will be contending for the Blues Band category.

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.

Prize packages to the first place winners include cash, 8 hours recording time courtesy of Junior’s Motel, opportunity for paid performances at area events and festivals throughout the year, and entry into and travel expenses for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. For more information, band photos and bios go to

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.

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