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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2009 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo Duo

Press Release-2009 Iowa Blues Challenge-Solo/Duo Acts

For the fifth year, the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society, presents the 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge, an all-Iowa Blues Solo/Duo contest.

The 2009 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge features competition between 9 acts in two rounds this year on the same day. Each act will perform a 20-minute set at Blues on Grand, 1501 Grand, Des Moines, IA, on August 9, 2009. Two acts from each round will advance to a final round on August 16, 2009 at Blues on Grand. Each act will perform a 30-minute set. The acts competing for the top spot earn the opportunity to travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, January 21-23, 2010. (Go to for all of the details on the International Blues Challenge.)

Doors open at 1 PM with the first round starting at 2 PM and the second round at 5 PM on August 9. Doors will open at 4 PM on August 16 with acts starting at 5 PM. Cover will be $6 for members w/card and $7 for non members both days.

The Acts, in this order, performing in the first preliminary round of the Challenge this year are: Another Silver Dollar, Dewey Cantrell, Freight Train Frank and Brad McCloud & His Case of the Blues.

The Acts, in this order, performing in the second preliminary round of the Challenge this year are: The Most Handsome Duo in the World, Thunderbird Kingsley, The Jacob Lee Band, Midnight Dogs and Dan Peart.

The 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser and Citadel Broadcasting/95KGGO & 98.3WOW.

More information is available at or 515-225-6638.

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