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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

South Skunk Blues Society Update

Upcoming shows:
Eric Jerardi,  coming to perform on Wed, August 8,  at Cadillac Jacks in Baxter for Bike Night.  No Cover.  This is an outdoor patio show that goes from 6-9 pm.  Here is a link where you can check him out:

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 (the Blue Band show at Baxter Fun Days was fantastic, they have added a horn section, pretty cool).  Bob Dorr is also in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Bob Pace Band – South Skunk Fundraiser  Saturday, August 11th at The Speakeasy in Newton 9-1, No Cover  Bob Pace is an Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee!  We will be having a fundraiser with raffles on this night and also a membership drive.  Johnny Juke Mattingly is rumored to be sitting in with Bob for a time this night and there may be additional guest musicians.  You can purchase the very cool 20th Annual T-shirts and also advance tickets.  Please come on out and help support the South  Skunk as we continue our effort to keep the blues alive and raise funds for the 20th Annual Bowlful of Blues.  I have attached an electronic copy of the poster for this event.

Fat Tuesday and the Greasefire Keys, Shake, Rattle and Roll-Lost Cause Motor Cycle Riders Against Parkinson’s, Saturday August 25th  Main Street, Roland Iowa. Music begins around 4 PM.  Ride, Raffle, Food, Fun, and Music.  See attached poster for additional information.  The Ride registration begins at 11 in Rhodes at Uncle Bucks.  This is bound to be a fun time.

Iowa Blues Challenge, Sunday August 26, 2012.  Bands will start at 4 PM at Zimm's Food & Spirits,  3124 Ingersoll Ave   Des Moines, IA 50312   (515) 277-9929  See attachment for additional details!  Cover will be $6 for Blues Society members w/card and $7 for non-members.  The 2012 Solo/Duo Iowa Blues Challenge features competition between 5 acts this year on the same day. The acts, in this order, performing are:   4 PM-Freight Train Frank, 4:45 PM-The Voice of Experience, 5:30 PM-Matt Woods, 6:15 PM-Dan Peart, and 7 PM-Dale Reed.  The acts competing for the top spot earn the opportunity to travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, January 29-February  2, 2013,   Go to for all of the details on the International Blues Challenge. 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, Zimm’s Food & Spirits, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co., Cumulus Media/95KGGO & 98.3WOW and Cityview. Hope to see some of you at this show!

Bowlful of Blues - Labor Day Weekend, September 1 and 2.   Tickets available online now at, at ZZZ Records in Des Moines, Mattingly Music and Hy- Vee in Newton and at the Music Shop in Grinnell.  Speaking of the Bowlful of Blues, if you would like to help as a volunteer please let me know.

Membership Drive:
There are still members that are due for renewal.  Since this is time for our annual membership drive, I want to encourage you, if you have not already done so, to take a few minutes and fill out the form, write a check and renew membership in the South Skunk Blues Society.  Since we are a 501 C (3) non profit you may be able to use the membership payment as a deduction for tax purposes. One of the benefits of membership is that you receive in the mail the monthly Central Iowa Blues Society newsletter,  The Crier.  Your subscription to the Crier will be ending (unless you are also a member of Central Iowa Blues Society) if your dues are not renewed (you may have seen a red mark on your mailing label if your subscription is ending).

We have been contacting our Sponsors from last year and asking them to renew and have had good success.  We are also looking to expand our Sponsor base so if you know of anyone that would like to be a sponsor for the 20th Annual Bowlful of Blues please have them contact me.  Since my last email, Riggs Printing and Cardinal Corner in Newton became new corporate sponsors!  If you are looking for a quick bite to eat or some ice cream stop by Cardinal Corner at 321 S. 2nd Ave West (just a few blocks from the square), treat yourself to some good munchies, and tell them thanks for Sponsoring the South Skunk Blues Society.

South Skunk News:  I want to take a moment to thank all of our Board (Mike Retman, Deana Williams, and Jennifer Howell) for their help and support with getting the 20th Annual Bowlful of Blues on its way.  Volunteers Dan Wickliff, Mike Pender, Chris Sutliff, Matt Lehman, Sarah O’Dell, Elaine Mattingly, Paula Zickmund, and Henrietta Clover (and others I may have missed) have really put in some essential productive work as they have been very busy in their particular skill areas of graphic design, communication, web site maintenance, selling program ads, developing the program and renewing sponsorships!  Without our volunteer help, this Bowlful of Blues would not be possible. We will have an astounding festival as the pieces of this effort continue to take shape.

We want to recycle some of the yard directional signs that were used last year to direct people to the Bowl.  If anyone has one of those yard signs please let me know as soon as possible and we can put it to good use again this year!

We are going to begin Membership and Volunteer meetings weekly as we prepare for the Bowl.  You are sure welcome to come out and lend your input and find out how you might be able to help us with this year,s Bowlful of Blues.  These meeting will take place on Mondays at the Maytag Park Bowl
at 6:30 PM.

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
Dr. Mark Wetzel DPM, 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
The Arts Connection  - Newton
VFW, Men’s Auxiliary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter
August Bergman Inn – Newton
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter
Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Conner’s Cardinal Corner in Newton
Riggs Printing in Newton

Yours Bluely,

 Craig Peterson
President, South Skunk Blues Society             
P.O. Box 951                                   
Newton, Iowa 50208                     
Website -
Face book -!/south.skunk.1   (South Skunk)!/pages/Bowlful-of-Blues/248977208549411     (Bowlful or Blues)

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