Congratulations to The Pain Killers, winners of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge Band competition held last Saturday May 26th at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines. Newton native Jeff Banks is the lead guitar player for this group. See attached press release.
Solo Duo Call for Acts: The South Skunk Blues Society is one of the co-sponsors for the Iowa Solo Duo competition. I have attached the “Call” (announcement) to this email. Last year this competition was won by Bryce Janey. As noted earlier the Pain Killers won the 2012 band competition, this is the solo duo part of the competition; for a solo act or a duo act. The deadline for registering is July 15th, 2012. The Solo/Duo Challenge will be held August 26, 2012 at Zimm’s in Des Moines, IA. Feel free to let others know about this competition.
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation Youth Workshop Series Guitar Masterclass: I am very proud to announce that my 12 year old grandson, Brady Geilenfeldt, has been awarded scholarships to attend the Youth Guitar Workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi June 12-15. I will accompany him to Clarksdale where he will learn, with twelve other youth ages 12-21, about playing the blues on the guitar from Muddy Waters former guitar player Bob Margolin. http://www.pinetopperkinsfoundation.org/masterclass12.html The scholarships are made available by the Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the Blues Foundation Generation Blues Program http://www.blues.org/#ref=generation_programs Brady is thrilled with this opportunity and so am I! This is part of what he wrote when he applied for the grants: ...“ My grandpa is trying to keep the blues alive in Jasper County, IA; he is the president of the South Skunk Blues Society and this workshop would be a way for me to help him with that. I want to learn to play more songs, learn how to get different sounds to come out of my guitar, and learn different rhythms. I also want to learn more chords and how to play blues music. I want to attend the workshop in Clarksdale because it is the home of the blues.”...
South Skunk meeting: The next South Skunk meeting is Monday June 4th at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton. We have changed the dates and times for our meetings and will be meeting the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the VFW in Newton. Hope to see some of you there.
Upcoming Shows:Bryce Janey and Curry Harter – Friday’ June 1st at The Speakeasy in Newton, 8-12 No Cover (see attached poster)
Bob Pace Band – Saturday, June 9th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover
Bryce Janey Trio and special guest Curry Harter Saturday, June 16 at Anspach Stage in Women’s Club Park - 13 East Division Street, Colfax – 7 PM, No Cover
Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Saturday June 30th at Baxter Fun Days, gates open at 7PM, $5.00 cover to benefit the Baxter Fun Days (see attached poster).
Bob Pace Band – Saturday, July 7th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover
Bob Dorr and the Blue Band, Friday August 10 at the Thunder Nights bike night on the square in Newton 6-10 PM, No Cover
Bowful of Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2. History
PS- If you know of an upcoming blues show here in Skunk Land please let me know so that I can alert everyone to the event.
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 PetersonPresident, South Skunk Blues Society P.O. Box 951
Newton, Iowa 50208