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Press Release-2008 Iowa Blues Challenge
The 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge features head to head competition culminating in a three band Final round to be held Saturday, May 17th, 2008 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 1000 Walnut Street in Des Moines, Iowa.
For the fifteenth year, the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society, presents the 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge, an all-Iowa Blues band contest. This contest is open to any Iowa Blues band that has not been nominated for the Blues Music Awards (Handy’s).
Rounds will be held around the state of Iowa. Ten bands from the Des Moines
area will compete in 2 preliminary rounds, each band performing 30-minute sets.
Midnight Wine, Cold Shot, Avey Brothers, Trouble No More and Kent Burnside
& New Generation will start at 8 PM at Zimm's Food & Spirits on Thursday, April 10th.
The second round will be at Blues On Grand on Thursday, April 17th starting at 8 PM
with Hot Tamale & the Red Hots, Double Clutch, Case of the Blues, The Blues
Bureau and The Soul Searchers. A preliminary round will also be held in the Quad
Cities area at RIBCO on Saturday, April 12th at 8 PM featuring The Blues Explosion,
SLIM & the Bulletproof Boys, The Smokin’ Mojo Kings and Pocket Deuces Blues
Band. Two bands from Des Moines and one band from the Quad Cities will advance to
the Finals on Saturday, May 17th at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
The Iowa Blues Challenge features one of the finest prize packages, for a contest of this kind, in the country. Prizes are awarded to the top bands, including---cash, travel expenses, recording time, as well as spots in the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, IA; the Nitefall on the River in Des Moines, IA; Simply the Blues Fest in Fort Madison, IA and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
The 2008 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser, Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW, Junior's Motel, Rieman Music and Russell Bird Foundation.