Springtime Blues and Cider for YOU, Friday night April 12 at Fishback Stephenson Cider House, Fairfield Iowa

A great night lays in waiting for the music of Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations, 7:30pm Friday night April 12th at the Fishback Stephenson Cider House.  Food service will be available from 4-8:30pm, come out early to get a bite and a beverage before the show.  This event will be a membership event, no charge, and we will gladly accept any free will donations to help offset the costs for this show.  MARK your CALENDAR for this great Blues event and tell your friends.

Blues at the Fairfield Elks Lodge, Saturday night February 10th

 

To kick off the new Year of the Blues we have a special night planned at the Fairfield Elks Lodge.  Saturday night February 10th is Pizza night at the Elks Lodge, and they will start selling Pizzas at 6pm and they are really great homemade pizzas, just the way you like them.  Then at 7:30 pm for $10 we have one of Southeast Iowa’s finest local Blues bands, Van and the Movers.  This evening of the Blues is in memory of Tammy Jones, who was a long time member of the Southeast Iowa Blues Society.  Tammy was involved in so many different community organizations and always a mover and a shaker, a woman who had that can do attitude in every Challenge.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Saturday night January 13 and come out and enjoy yourselves.  See you at the Elks Lodge,

BLUES ON

Mark Your Calendars –BluZillion is coming to town SATURDAY night January 14th to The Fairfield Elks Club

 

The Southeast Iowa Blues Society wants to kick off the 2023 Blues Year at the Fairfield Iowa Elks Lodge, located on the west side of the town square, with the well seasoned, blues crankin BLUZILLION Band.  We want everyone to be able to come to this event, so we have made it a $TEN$BUCK$ ticket price for all.  Come early and purchase some great pizza to enjoy before the band starts at 7:30 pm.   Yes they also have a full bar to purchase what ever suits your taste buds.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this January 14th Event!

Danielle Nicole Band October 8th Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Sondheim theater

General admission tickets $20, tickets are available online at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center website.  Get your tickets now as Danielle always puts on a great show.  Below is a brief Bio on this Kansas City Blues lady.

Opening for Danielle Nicole will be DesMoines guitar player Matt Woods, see the information on Matt below.

 

Danielle Nicole

“That girl gets down to the nitty gritty.” ~ Koko Taylor

Danielle Nicole Schnebelen began music from the moment she was born.  Musical influences from generations on both sides of her parent’s families ensured that a love of playing music would continue to be passed among her and her siblings.

Nicole began singing publicly with her parent’s bands as a youth and took ahold of her full time in her early 20s.  “My Father really loved the Blues.  He’d go to all the true Blues guys that were around in KC, specifically Little Hatch.  He’d played for Abb Locke (saxophonist for Muddy Waters) and we’d get brought along sometimes.  The pure, raw emotion relayed through the Blues was what really drew me to it.  Its history is the foundation of American Music and is THE one that must be respected and not buried as myth or legend.”

As a founding member of the “Heavy Blues” sibling band Trampled Under Foot, she and her brothers took top honors at the International Blues Challenge in the US, propelling them into Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, UK and was featured on several Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises. It wasn’t until 2015, when Nicole set out on her own with over a decade of touring experience with the release of “Wolf Den” recorded in New Orleans with Anders Osborne.

Nicole’s “distinctive, inventive bass work”—which resulted in her not only becoming the first woman to ever be nominated in the category of Instrumentalist ~ Bass in The Blues Foundation’s 2012 Blues Music Awards,  but also the first woman to receive the honor—”is the product of years of intensive roadwork.  Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot’s bassist, now Nicole can’t  imagine life without it.”

Nicole’s 2017 release of “Cry No More” ushered in not only a heavier  sound and style differentiating Nicole’s already broadening voice and writing, but also accrued a slew of accolades including a 2019 Grammy Nomination for Contemporary Blues Album; 2 Blues Music Awards, one for Contemporary Female Artist and her second Instrumentalist ~ Bass, and 3 Independent Blue Music Awards.

Nicole has recently received her 5th Blues Music Award; most notably her 3rd for the category of Bass Instrumentalist.  “To be recognized for artistry on my instrument, for bass as a woman, is extremely humbling.   I was shocked to find out I was the first woman ever nominated, but I’m glad that the steps are happening and it’s process is becoming more inclusive.

Matt Woods

Matt Woods is both a native of Iowa, and a longstanding purveyor of its diverse music scene.  As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while staying true to his love of traditional American music.  Woods is well versed in the many shapes this music can take; from traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music.

In addition to performing 100+ shows per year as a solo act, playing with several roots oriented bands and backing up some of the finest songwriters in the Midwest, Matt can often be found in the studio, adding guitar parts to a diverse array of recordings.

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Photo by Jen Taylor

Woods has been performing regularly since 2002 and to date has released 5 independent albums (3 solo albums, and 2 albums backed by his unparalleled band, The Thunderbolts).  He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge and gone on to represent the state in the International Blues Challenge an unprecedented 3 times.  Matt’s first solo album, “If I Was a Fish”, finished in the top 5 of The Blues Foundation’s “best self-produced CD” category in 2006.  His two subsequent albums with The Thunderbolts, have also gained national attention.  2007’s “Be My Friend”, was referred to as “blistering” by Dirty Linen magazine, and Living Blues magazine called 2010’s “Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts”, “a smoking amalgam of Hound Dog Taylor and Freddy King”. Additionally, Blues Revue called the album; “raw, hypnotic and very appealing”.  In 2015 Matt released “Sawdust and Gasoline”, his first solo album comprised completely of original material.  It went on to receive extensive airplay in the U.S. and Europe and also finished in the top 5 of The Blues Foundation’s “best self-produced CD” category for 2015. “Sawdust and Gasoline” was also nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for album of the year in the “Acoustic Blues” category!

In 2018 Matt Woods released his fifth studio album, “Tired and Dirty” to critical acclaim.  Like its predecessor, “Tired and Dirty” is comprised completely of original material in an age old tradition, featuring slashing slide guitar, deft songwriting and powerful vocals.

Over the course of his career, Matt has shared the stage with many notable acts, including; Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Louisiana Red, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, John Primer, Rj Mischo, James Harman, Nathan James, Delbert McClinton, The Arc Angels, Dr. John, Kelly Hunt, Joe Price and many more.  In 2010, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts opened for Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon at the famed Iowa State Fair Grandstand to a crowd of 10,000+!  As a point of pride, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts are the only local band, before or since, to play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand.

Blues at the Lake, The Walton Club Saturday August 6th 7:30pm

Vocalist extraordinaire, Tina Haase Findlay, is a 30+year veteran of the Iowa and regional music scene. From trailer courts to The Governor’s Mansion, from garage bands to symphonies, Tina has shared stages/opened for, among others: Robert Cray, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Johnny Rivers, Trampled Underfoot, and Bruce Katz. She gave a show stopping performance singing with Joanna Connor’s band at the 2017 Bowlful of Blues fest. Tina is in The Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, is a three-time Iowa Blues Challenge finalist, and in 2015, Tina and her husband, Brandon, won the Iowa solo/duo challenge. Guitarist, Rob Lumbard, received his musical education in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa sitting in with the likes of Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who played in the barrooms along Forest Avenue. Rob has played on the same bill as The Band, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Leon Redbone and dozens of others. Lumbard’s release, Blues In A Bottle, won the International Blues Foundation’s 2016 Best self-produced CD award. He’s in The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and is an honorary member of the Central Iowa Blues Society. Rob has participated in the Blues In The Schools program assisting Fruteland Jackson, and Chicago blues veteran Billy Branch.  Rob and Tina, winners of the 2018 Iowa Blues solo/duo Challenge will thrill us with an evening of Blues at the Lake, Saturday night August 6 starting at 7:30pm.  Mark your calendars for the Walton Club appreciation evening as we ride the waves of the BLUES.  See you all there and tell all your friends that this is another FREE WILL offering event, sponsored by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society.

Blues and Cider with The Ivy Ford Band, Saturday night May 21st, at the Fishback Stephenson Cider House, Music starts at 7:30pm

“Miss Ivy Ford, wise beyond her years,”

Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, she is a heavy hitter in the Chicagoland area and continues to showcase her talents all over. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey at 13 and since then continues to nurture her niche and calling to the music. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar which are primarily self taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity.

Fast forward two years and Ivy Ford has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm. In January,2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legend, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stages and lineups with world class musicians and entertainers. She fronts her very own band and besides obtaining the title of “Chicago’s Blues Kitten,” performs song selections from not just the blues genres but RnB and soul.  To follow or check into Ford’s shows and happenings go to www.Facebook.com/IvyFord or Twitter at #MissIvyFord.

Ivy Ford, is one of the leading “youngbloods” of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She formerly handled her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. With her latest “Buddy Guy,” polka dot stratocastor Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way.

Passing The Torch…
When not fronting her own blues party, Ivy is quite respected backing up Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, J.B. Ritchie. Legendary guitarist and frontman as his bass player. Ritchie has played alongside some of the greats himself and has been amongst famous artists such as Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

J.B. Ritchie as taken Ivy Ford under his wing and not only passes on the traditions of what being a class act entertainer and musician is about also shares a kindred friend and fellowsip from one artist to another.

The audience proclaimed, “Perfect Storm,” frequently share the stage in the Chicago circuit and special events.

Miss Ivy Ford is a heel struttin, red lipstick wearin, refreshing entertainer that you will not want to miss. This will be our 2022 membership event, spread the word and plan to be there, the Blues dam will brake loose that evening at 7:30pm.

Central Iowa Blues Society Winter Blues Fest, February 11-12th Des Moines

Below, are the different Blues acts for the two days of the Winter Blues Fest, and for more information copy and paste the link below into your web browser.
https://cibs.org/2021/11/2022-winter-blues-fest/
Information

Advance Tickets $45 Weekend Pass – or – $20/Friday and $30/Saturday
At the door admission goes up $5. CIBS Members receive $5 rebate on Weekend Pass only. You may collect your rebate at the merchandise booth on the 3rd Floor.

Admissions & Will Call – 1st Floor
(Open 5pm Friday and 4pm Saturday)
Volunteer Check-In – 2nd Floor
Merchandise – 3rd Floor

Friday, Feb 11 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 5:00-7:30 The Super Reverbs
RJ Mischo & Jeremy Johnson


  8:00-10:30 Radoslav Lorkovic


Dubuque Room
3rd Floor
7:00-8:30 Shawn Holt & the Teardrops


  9:00-11:00 Alastair Greene


Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
7:30-9:30 Altered Five Blues Band


  10:00-12:00 Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band


Saturday Afternoon Extra… Everyone is Welcome!

Guitar Workshop with … / Des Moines Room (3rd Floor) 1-3PM

Winter Blues Fest Afternoon Extra! FREE Guitar Workshop
in the Des Moines Room from 1-3 PM. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, Feb 12 – Schedule
Lobby Lounge 4:00-7:00 Soave Brothers


  7:30-10:30 Buckmiller/Schwager
2021 Iowa Blues Challenge
Solo/Duo Winner


Salon D
2nd floor
6:30-8:00 Heath Alan’s Iowa Blues Expo


  8:30-10:00 Hot Tamale & the Redhots


  10:30-12:00 Molly Nova & the Hawk
featuring Bryce Janey


Salon E
2nd floor
5:30-7:00 Stone Cutters Union
2021 KC Blues Challenge Winner


  7:30-9:00 Stan & the Chain Gang
2021 Omaha Challenge Winner


  9:30-11:00 Bob Pace & the Dangerous Band


Dubuque Room
3rd Floor
6:00-7:30 The Matt Woods Band


  8:00-9:30 Dustin Arbuckle & the Damnations


  10:00-11:30 Everett Smithson Band


Des Moines Room
3rd Floor
7:00-8:30 Keeshea Pratt Band


  9:00-10:30 Junior Watson / RJ Mischo & Friends


  11:00-1:00  Igor Prado


Van and The Movers, New Years Eve, Hotel Manning Keosauqua IA 8:30pm

Van and the Movers Friday Night for New Years Eve at Hotel Manning, Keosauqua Iowa, $5 cover charge.

8th Annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest, Saturday August 7th Jefferson County Fairgrounds Fairfield IA

We are so excited to bring to all of our BLUES loving friends, the 8th annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest, Saturday August 7th at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield Iowa.  Gates will open at 4pm and music will begin at 4:30pm..  This year we have an exceptional line up and for only $25 for tickets and $20 for Blues Society Members, you will get to hear a great evening of the Blues from the entree below.  Yes we will again have available fresh barbecue, the beer bus, and more.  Check out the great music line up below.

Headlining for your enjoyment will be the Joanna Connor Band, a lady who’s passion will keep your feet wanting to dance.  While working continuously in Chicago, a handful of videos of her incendiary slide guitar solos went viral creating quite a sensation and garnering attention from media and established musicians alike. Joe Bonamassa sought her out and offered to produce the kind of record he felt Joanna had always had in her and should deliver to the world. 4801 South Indiana is this record, a blues record that delivers all the raw emotion, passion, and fire that made the Blues so compelling from its inception. Joe Bonamassa did not merely produce, arrange, and play on the record, he enabled and inspired Joanna to pull from deep within her all of what her life in music had given her. While steeped in tradition, the recording is no museum piece, it is alive and it is kicking, once-in-a-lifetime Blues.

Joanna has received National and International accolades in the press and radio media resulting in a decade of world tours, a dozen recordings on Ruf Records, MC Records and others, a documentary on Germany’s WDR Television, and a multitude of TV appearances and radio features.  Joanna and band shared stages with Blues, Rock and Jazz greats, including Luther Allison, BB King, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton, Robert Cray, Jimmy Page, ZZ Top, Joe Cocker, Etta James, and others.  Joanna has also signed endorsement deals with Gibson Guitars, Victoria Amps and Orange Amps.  Great ready to enjoy the best the blues has to offer.

 

The Rev and his blues band are back!!

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys with West Side Andy play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation for over 18 years.

 

 

Vocalist extraordinaire, Tina Haase Findlay, is a 30-year veteran of the Iowa and regional music scene.  From trailer courts to The Governor’s Mansion, from garage bands to symphonies, Tina has shared stages/opened for, among others: Robert Cray, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Johnny Rivers, Trampled Underfoot, and Bruce Katz. She gave a show stopping performance singing with Joanna Connor’s band at the 2017 Bowlful of Blues fest.  Tina is in The Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame, is a three-time Iowa Blues Challenge finalist, and in 2015, Tina and her husband, Brandon, won the Iowa solo/duo challenge.  Guitarist, Rob Lumbard, received his musical education in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa sitting in with the likes of Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who played in the barrooms along Forest Avenue.  Rob has played on the same bill as The Band, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Leon Redbone and dozens of others.  Lumbard’s release, Blues In A Bottle, won the International Blues Foundation’s 2016 Best self-produced CD award. He’s in The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and is an honorary member of the Central Iowa Blues Society. Rob has participated in the Blues In The Schools program assisting Fruteland Jackson, and Chicago blues veteran Billy Branch.

Tony Blew,  will be providing that can’t stop the blues music between our music acts. Tony is a rare and talented, multi instrument player and writer who keeps the blues rockin without pause. Tony Blew began playing professionally in 1963 and early in his career he played guitar in the Soul R&B band TCB which was featured in an I.E.B.N. TV special, “Get Down with TCB”. He also spent nearly a decade touring the country in a trio with his dad. In the 1980s, Tony and drummer David Bernstein started the band Shabazz which enjoyed great success.

As well as playing at night, Tony and recording engineer/producer Phil Richardson teamed up to form Richtone Audio Ads, a jingle house that produced commercials, soundbeds, and jingles for ad agencies all over the country. Through the 1990s, Tony played with the trio Class Act. The group spent 10 years touring the Midwest, highlighted by a gig opening for Tom Arnold and Rosanne Barr at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Playing as a solo act with the help of his looper pedal, he plays all the instruments you hear including guitar, drums, bass, piano, organ, harp and sax, this is real music magic, live up close and in person.