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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

South Skunk Blues Society Update

Meeting Monday Oct. 1st: On another note we will be having a South Skunk meeting this coming Monday October 1st at the Newton VFW at 6:30 PM.  We will be discussing the need to find a replacement for our Treasurer Jennifer Howell.  Jennifer has experienced major computer problems and as a result finds she must resign.  We are now in the process of recruiting a replacement for this position on the Board so if you are interested in joining our efforts in this capacity please let me know.  Jennifer has been our Treasurer for several years and will be missed in this role. She has indicated she will continue on as a volunteer helping with our merchandise table at the Bowl.  Thanks allot Jennifer for all you have done to keep the Blues alive here in Skunkland.  Also at Mondays meeting we will be discussing upcoming plans for the fall and winter activities (shows, Blues under Blue Roof, Blues in the Schools...  If you have some time Monday evening please come on over to the VFW and lend some input.  I am going to add the membership form to this email so that if you know of some one that is due for renewal or you think might want to join you can share with them.  Membership in the South Skunk Blues Society makes a great Halloween gift.

Happy Birthday South Skunk Blues Society: This Sunday is the 20th birthday of the South Skunk Blues Society.  Thinking back over these past years I got to reminiscing so I decided to bring back some more blasts from the past so to speak.  So I decided to send some  photos of posters from our history.  I am attaching the Honeyboy Turner Show poster from back at the Terrace in 1995. We have been using the Showprint posters since the beginning of the South Skunk Blues Society. I also have attached a photo of the very first South Skunk show poster:  Randy Vincent and Prime Cut, back on November 27 and 28 1992.  I wonder who all that is reading this was at that show.  If you have some memories of the Skunks first 20 years and want to share them send me an email and I will send it out in my next update.  Well I am getting nostalgic so when I got to looking I found a poster from the 1st Bowlful of Blues...It is hard to stop when I get to looking back at our history.   And then I found one for “The Janey’s...  I could go on but I thought since Bryce Janey is going to come play for us next Friday at the Speakeasy and his dad, Billie Lee Janey is going to be inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in a couple weeks I should include a copy of that old poster.  So time flies when you got the blues and now we are 20 years old; that’s nearly legal (which incidentally will be our theme for the next year).  Thanks to Elaine Mattingly for coming up with such a catchy theme.

Upcoming Shows:
October 2:  Dorian Michael, 6:30 PM,   Newton Public Library  This Tuesday evening concert is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will  be provided by the Friends of the Newton Public Library.

October 5: Bryce Janey/Curry Harter, 8-12 (Bryce won 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge) First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton,  No Cover

October 12: JJ Express with Nick Knudsen, 8-12 with Des Moines Spoken Word Delegation pre-show First Avenue Speakeasy – Newton  No Cover

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’s) 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.

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

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.

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,

 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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