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Sunday, May 13, 2012

South Skunk Blues Society Update

Help Wanted:  The South Skunk is looking for a volunteer “Membership Coordinator” that has an interest in the Blues and can use a computer.  We need someone that can coordinate our membership data.  This is an essential function that we must perform.  This volunteer job requires a person that has the ability to maintain confidentiality, has internet access, a printer and some basic computer skills.  The Membership Coordinator will help maintain the membership list. When a new member joins or a member renews the Membership Coordinator will record that on the list (currently on an Excel list), print off a membership card and send it in the mail to the person that has renewed or joined the South Skunk.  We provide postage, envelopes, and other supplies as necessary.  Also the membership coordinator would send an email to the Central Iowa Blues Society so that they have up to date data on who should be receiving the Crier newsletter.  We need to find someone willing to help with this soon as we are planning a membership drive in the very near future.  This is not a particularly time consuming job but it is very important.  No travel is required.  Please let me know if you might be interested in volunteering for this.

I got to thinking that it might be interesting to include in my emails brief articles from our membership.  Would anyone mind if I sent out an occasional article written by one of our members? If you feel like you would like to be an occasional columnist give it a shot.  If you have been to a great blues show, write a brief review and send it to me.  We have had some unusually gifted artists playing for us recently and I expect that will continue.  If you see someone that trips your trigger, write up a review.  I talk to people that tell me about a show they attended recently and how much they enjoyed it.  If you have the inclination just write it up and send it to me!  If you would like to research the biography of one the the artists that will be playing at the Bowl write it up and send it to me.  I will take a look, even edit it with you if you want and you may just see the article show up in one of these emails.

Still looking for pictures from past South Skunk Bowls or events.  If you have some photos or digital photos please let me know.  We would like to document historically all of the great blues artists that have come to Skunkland in the past 20 Years.

Welcome return of Web Master Matt Lehman!  Matt stepped up and agreed to help us by being the South Skunk Web site.  He has updated some information and there is additional information that will be added as we go along.  You might recall that Matt actually help set up the web site originally.  If you have suggestions for what you would like to see on the web site please let me know.  Also if you have not friended South Skunk on face book you might consider doing that now.  Elaine Mattingly and Deana Williams do an excellent job of keeping up the Face Book page!  

Iowa Blues Challenge:  Congratulations goes out to The Pain Killers, Serious Business and The Mississippi Misfits on their advancement to the Final round of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge to be held Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at the Downtown Marriott at 700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.  Newton native Jeff Banks is the lead guitar player of The Pain Killers band.  A phenomenal guitarist for sure.

The 3 bands will each play a 45 minute set in the order listed above, starting at 8:30 PM.  A panel of 5 judges will determine the placement of the bands that night.   Cover charge will be $10.

For the nineteenth year, the Central Iowa Blues Society, in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, South Skunk Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society presents the 2012 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).  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 2012 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, IA and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in February, 2013.

The 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, South Skunk Blues Society, Southeast Iowa Blues Society, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co., Cumulus Media/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW, Cityview, Junior's Motel, Rieman Music, Zimm’s Food & Spirits and Muddy Waters.

Upcoming shows:
Johnny’s Piano Bar – Friday May 25th at the Speakeasy in Newton, 8-11 No Cover

Iowa Blues Challenge- Saturday May 26th at the Marriott in Downtown Des Moines, 8:30 on, $10.00 Cover

Bryce Janey and Curry Harter – Friday’ June 1st at The Speakeasy in Newton, 8-12 No Cover

Bob Pace Band – Saturday, June 9th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover

Bob Pace Band – Saturday, July 7th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover

Bowful o' Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2. History <>

And lastly please support our corporate sponsors!!!  If not for them we could not keep the blues alive:

Fulton Mechanical Jeff and Laura Fulton
I 80 Farms  - Colfax
Foot & Ankle Center  - located in Newton
Blue Moon BBQ and Cadillac Jacks in Baxter
Side Tracks Tap  - Kellogg
Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place  - Newton
The Vernon Company  - Newton
Barney's  - Newton
Gass / Great American Stock Car Series  - Newton
State Farm Insurance  / Chad Wempen  - Newton
The Arts Connection  - Newton
VFW, Mens Auxillary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter
August Bergman Inn – Newton
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter

 Craig Peterson
President, South Skunk Blues Society             
P.O. Box 951                                   
Newton, Iowa 50208                     
The South Skunk Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and cultivating Blues music. The Society promotes public performance opportunities for Blues artists, and seeks to increase the exposure to and appreciation of Blues music by the general public.

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