Member Appreciation and Enrollment Event, April 21st

Free for all Current Southeast Iowa Blues Society Members. Non members will be charged a cover charge of $10, which will waived if they sign up as new members at the event. Music will be provided by Tony Blew from 7-8pm and Bluzillion from 8-11pm.

Blues News from the 2018 International Blues Challenge


Iowa City blues musician Kevin B.F. Burt was the winner of the Solo/Duo competition at the 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC), presented by the Blues Foundation, on Saturday evening. In addition, he won the Lee Oskar Best Harmonica award and the Cigar Box Guitar award for Most Promising Acoustic Act. Kevin was among 235 bands & solo/duo acts from around the world entered into the 5 day event on Beale Street, which in addition to the IBC competition, also features an International Showcase, a Youth Showcase and the annual Keeping the Blues Alive awards.

Kevin got the opportunity to participate in the IBC by virtue of winning the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC) Solo/Duo competition in September, presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society in Des Moines and co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society in Davenport, the South Skunk Blues Society in Newton and the Southeast Iowa Blues Society in Fairfield. (In 2018 the Linn County Blues Society in Cedar Rapids will also be an IABC co-sponsor.)

This was Kevin’s 2nd opportunity to participate in the IBC. In 1995, he and his band the Blues Instigators represented the Central Iowa Blues Society at what was known then as the International Blues Talent Competition

Videos of Kevin’s preliminary round performances on Wednesday & Thursday nights at Lew’s Blue Note Bar & Grill, his semi-finals performance on Friday at Peoples on Beale and his finals performance on Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre can be seen on the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Facebook page:

The Iowa entry in the Band category, the Avey Grouws Band – Jeni Grouws from Decorah & Chris Avey, Bryan West, Randy Leasman & Andrew Durham from the Quad Cities, advanced to the semi-finals before being eliminated.

The Redwoods, a youth act from Omaha/Council Bluffs was sponsored by CIBS in the Youth Showcase

Blues News from Rockin In the Blue Year 2017

Pictured here is Kevin BF Burt with Pierre Lacocque of The Mississippi Heat. The year 2017 has come to a close and Rockin in The Blue Year was a great way to leap into the new year. Kevin BF Burt’s up front and personal style had the audience wrapped up with his original Blues music writing, and great guitar and harmonica playing, opening up the show for Pierre and The Mississippi Heat.
The Mississippi Heat brought the heat to the very cold Iowa night and kept the dance floor jumpin all night long. Both Kevin and the Mississippi Heat were fantastic and what a great way to finish up the blues for 2017. A big thanks to everyone including our sponsors who made this event possible, as the Southeast Iowa Blues Society continues to keep Da Blues alive in our own back yard.

Mississippi Heat and Kevin BF Burt, December 30th

December 30th, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center(FACC)

Doors open 6:30pm.  Tickets in advance and SIBS member $18, at the door $20.  Tickets will be available at Classic96 Radio on the square in Fairfield, at Morgan’s Corner Bar and Grill in Ottumwa, the Guitar Farm in New London, Weird Harold’s Records in Burlington and the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.  For Will Call tickets, call 641-919-7477.

Kevin BF Burt will open the evening as the recent winner of the Iowa Single/Duo Blues Challenge.  Kevin has been writing and playing Blues music for over two decades in the US and Europe, his audiences are always amazed at the incredible music one blues man can create by himself.  His soulful voice combined with his creative blues licks are not to be missed.

Mississippi Heat, winner of the 2017 Blues Blast Magazine Album of the year, will have your feet hitting the dance floor, till your tank runs dry.  This band has headlined festivals from coast to coast and in Europe.  We are extremely please to feature this great band here in Iowa and you need to mark your calendar for December 30th’s, Rockin in the Blue Year.

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys


Appearing live on November 18th at the Best Western, West Burlington, Fairfield, IA. 

Doors will open @ 6:30 PM.   Stay tuned for ticket sales.

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 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 he 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 as a headliner for 16 years.

4th Annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest (August 12th, 2017)

This year’s lineup will be one of the most exciting ever to hit the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and one that Southeast Iowa Blues Society and The Fairfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is extremely proud to present for your Blues entertainment.  Get ready to dance your heart out, enjoy some delicious BBQ plus imbibe on your favorite beverage all in the laid back, summertime, lawn chair environment of the main stage pavilion. Gates open  at 4:30pm, music beginning at 5:30pm with Rob Lumbard7:00pm Danielle Nicole Band and headliner Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials at 9:00pm. Tony Blew, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame 2016 inductee, will again bring his sweet sound in between acts.  Food will be available by Sweet n’ Saucy BBQ, KettleKorn and more.  A Beverage Garden (No Outside Food or Drink allowed) will be available and a bring a comfortable lawn chair.  Camping is available.

Tickets:  $20 advance/SIBS members and $25 Day Of Show… available at Josie Hannes Design (Fairfield), Classic 96 Radio Studios (Fairfield) The Guitar Farm, (New London) Morgan’s Bar & Grill (Ottumwa), and Weird Harold’s Records (Burlington).

Will Call tickets: 641-919-7477 or 641-233-7438

 Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

“Rough and ready blues played with unmitigated intensity…Swirling, snarling, riveting slide….The Blues Imperials pound out riffs and rhythms like they’re overdosing on boogie juice.  Scorching and soulful, joyous and stomping.” –Living Blues

Danielle Nicole

From the first notes of singer-bass player Danielle Nicole’s new album, Wolf Den, one truth becomes self-evident: This girl oozes groove. There’s so much funky, bluesy soul coming out of her, you wonder if her heart beats in syncopated time. The Kansas City-raised daughter of musicians already had a solid blues foundation, but she found that groove — or new variations of it — in New Orleans, where she worked with GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne.

Rob Lumbard

Rob received his musical education in the barrooms on Forest Avenue  in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa, sitting in with the likes of Rose Marie Webster, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. During the ’80s he barnstormed the midwest in The Wapsie River Band.  Then in 1990 went back to playing solo. Rob’s music is Blues/Folk based. He can cover Jazz or blues standards, or do a set of  his own tunes. His finger-picking guitar style can be traced back to Blind Blake, Doc Watson and Piedmont Blues. His slide playing influenced by Johnny Winter, Lowell George and Ry Cooder.


Tony Blew

Tony Blew makes his home in Ottumwa and began playing professionally in 1963. Early in his career he played guitar in the Soul R&B band TCB and 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. 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.


3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest!

3rd Annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest

When: August 6th, 2016 – Gates Open 4:30pm
Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield, IA
Tickets: $15 advance/SIBS members and $20 Day Of Show

Music begins at 5:30 PM with Matt Woods
7PM – Anni Piper
9PM – Chris O’Leary Band
w/ Tony Blew between acts.

Food and Beverage: Sweet n’ Saucy BBQ, KettleKorn + Beverage Garden

Bring your lawn chair!!

Tickets available at : Josie Hannes Design, Classic 96 Radio Studios (Fairfield) The Guitar Farm, (New London) Morgan’s Bar & Grill, (Ottumwa) and Weird Harold’s Records (Burlington)

Make it a Weekend of the Blues with Fairfield’s 1st Friday’s Art Walk Blues & BBQ downtown…Aug. 5th

call 641-919-7477 for more info