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Sunday, September 9, 2012

South Skunk Blues Soceity Update

Thanks to all that made the 20th Annual Bowlful a Blues a success! I have attached a listing of all the volunteers, businesses and others that have helped us out in so many ways.  I am guessing I may have left someone off and if so let me know if you have been left out. If we remember some people after I hit send I will include updates in future emails.  This is truly a volunteer organization and we have had great   support from the communities included in the land of the Skunk!

Matt Woods wins 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo Duo and is headed for Memphis in January, 2013 for the International Blues Challenge (  See the attached press release.

Upcoming shows at our local venues:
I wanted to update everyone on the upcoming shows that are scheduled by our great venues.  This is an updated list.  Time to be planning on coming out to see these artists play the Blues.  So please get out and see some of the great musicians playing in our immediate area.  Geeze, this is really something to have so much going on.  I am truly amazed at all of quality shows coming to the area. We have to support live Blues Music if we want to have it continue.  Some are coming up quickly so I wanted to get the word out.  Remember that if in doubt please check with the venue before driving a distance.  Schedules sometimes change and it is tough to keep up on these sometimes.  Well here is what I have for upcoming shows at this point:

Cadillac Jacks - Baxter
September 8 at the Smokin’ Out Back barbecue cook-off: 5-8 PM Steve Kastli,  8:30 – Midnight Lightning Red:  This is a great bbq event, some tasty treats for sure – and some real cool blues!
September 22: Honeyboy Turner Band (from Lincoln Nebraska)  Watch for more information.  Here is his web site

Sugar Grove - Newton:
Sunday September 9th, fundraiser for Jasper County Food Pantry’s – Free will offerings to help feed the hungry in Jasper County will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans up to $2000; Entertainment begins at 2 PM with music provided by Steve Kastli (blues), Cul-de-Sac (barbershop quartet) and Headin’ Home (gospel). Both Sugar Grove and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are corporate sponsors of the South Skunk Blues Society.  See attached poster.

First Avenue Speakeasy - Newton
September 14: JJ Express with Jane Eilers, 8-12
September 21: David Zollo, solo, 8-12
September 28: It’s Complicated, 9-1
October 5:Bryce Janey/Curry Harter, 8-12 (Bryce won 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge)
October 12: JJ Express with Nick Knudsen, 8-12 with Des Moines Spoken Word Delegation pre-show
October 13: Lightning Red Band, 9:30 - 12:30 (Recently moved here from Austin Tx.)
October 19: Rob Lumbard, solo, 9-12
October 26: JJ Express with Gary Gibson, 8-12
November 10: Matt Woods, solo, 9-12   (Matt won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2012)
November 16: Fat Tuesday & the Greasefire Keys  (Scott Long, Greg Sutherland, Mark Monroe and Janey Hooper)   
December 1: Bob Pace Band (with John Mattingly), 9-1 (Bob is in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame)

Elks Lodge – Grinnell
September 8th - Mojo Machine opens for Dave Zollo and Body Electric, 8pm Free Will donation
December 21st - Matt Woods and Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts 2nd to last show before they go on hiatus)  opens for Lil Ed and Blues Imperials - watch for further details

And lastly please thank and support our corporate sponsors!!!  If not for them, we could not keep the blues alive.  Their support is essential:

Fulton Mechanical: Jeff and Laura Fulton
The Arts Connection  - Newton
August Bergman Inn – Newton
VFW, Men’s Auxiliary Club Post 1655  - Newton
Dr. Mark Wetzel DPM, Foot & Ankle Center  - located in Newton
Vern's Garage, (Specialist Cut & Color), Newton
Jasper County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Barney's  - Newton
Riggs Printing - Newton
Blue Moon BBQ and Cadillac Jacks in Baxter
Side Tracks Tap  - Kellogg
Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place  - Newton
The Vernon Company  - Newton
I 80 Farms  - Colfax
Revolution Cycle  - Baxter
Town and Country Sanitary Services- Baxter
Conner’s Cardinal Corner – Newton
Dickerson Mechanical – Colfax & Altoona
Wallace Family Funeral Home

See you soon! 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)

The South Skunk Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and cultivating Blues music. The Society promotes Blues Music education, 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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