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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South Skunk Blues Soceity

 But before that I want to let everyone know what we have been up to.
I had a chance this week to talk with Fruitland Jackson about Blues in the Schools and he is planning to spend the week of February 1, 2013 here in Skunkland. I am beginning to work on a schedule, funding and support for this great Blues educator to come.  If you would like to help with this effort please let me know.  Last years Blues in the Schools was well received.  We plan for Fruitland to begin the week with the Blues Under the Blue Roof at the Newton Library.  Here are a couple links that you might find interesting regarding this fine musician and educator, look around on his website and you will find lots of background information:   Here is an introduction to Fruitlands Blues in the Schools:

Here is a list of upcoming shows. Come on out and get some Blues relief.  Great musicians and great cultural and social activity.  You know we are really fortunate to have such a artistic and cultural vibe going in Skunkland!  It is like the “big city”.  We must nourish it or it may not continue!  Support the scene, live music here is a blessing.  Also please check out the attached posters (we are also blessed to have some talented graphic artists in our midst, thank you Elaine and Chris):

October 12: JJ Express with Nick Knudsen, 8-12 with Des Moines Spoken Word Delegation pre-show First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton  No Cover  See new poster!  Nick is a guitar master from right here in Newton.  This week we have poetry mixed with music!  This should be pretty cool show.

October 13: Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction,  Downtown Des Moines Marriott  700 Grand Avenue · Des Moines  7 PM Celebrate the history of the blues in Iowa, preserving the blues in America and partying with the BB King Entertainer of the Year and Alligator recording artist Tommy Castro!  Bob Pace and Scott Cochran, Billylee Janey, Gary Gibson and Jim DeKoster will be inducted!  Both Bob Pace and Scott Cochran played the Bowl this year and so did Billylee Janey’s son Bryce.  Bryce told me a while back he remembers playing for the Skunk with his parents band (The Janey’) out at the Terrace many years ago.  Also note that Gary Gibson is scheduled to play at the Speakeasy on 10/26 and Bob Pace on December 1) !  Former Iowa Blues Hall of Fame inductees George Davis and Gil Davis will lead the host band Sumpin’ Doo with each of the inductees joining in after their induction.  (See attached poster brought to us by our friends at the Central Iowa Blues Society).

October 19: Rob Lumbard, solo, 9-12,  First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton,  No Cover

October 20:  Mojo Machine (8 PM) opens for Jefferson County Green Band (10 PM), Elks Lodge – Grinnell,   No Cover but free will donation accepted  See new poster!

October 26: JJ Express with Gary Gibson, 8-12,  First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton,  No Cover  (Come and congratulate Gary as he will have been inducted to the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame the previous Saturday)

November 10: Matt Woods, solo, 9-12, First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton, No Cover   (Matt won the Iowa Blues Challenge in 2012)

December 1: Bob Pace Band (with John Mattingly), 9-1, First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton,  No Cover  (Bob is in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame)

December 21: - Matt Woods and Thunderbolts (8 PM)  opens for Lil Ed and Blues Imperials (10PM), Elks Lodge – Grinnell,  (Thunderbolts 2nd to last show before they go on hiatus)  More details on advance ticket sales will be forthcoming.  A block of rooms are available at the Country Inn and Suites in Grinnell if you call 641-236-9600 and ask for the South Skunk rate.  These rooms are available at the South Skunk discounted rate ($77.00) only if you make reservations by 11/21.  See new poster!

And while I am at it I want to share some information that was forwarded my way by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society:  “We will be hosting the Scott Holt Band, Saturday Oct 27 at 8pm. The event will be held at the Best Western Fairfield Inn here in Fairfield, IA.  Hope to see some of you at the show and will see some of you this weekend at the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Induction bash.   Blues On,   -Casey Cannon President and Founder - Southeast Iowa Blues Society”

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

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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