2018 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals

  • Overview

    For the 24th year, the Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS), in association with the Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Southeast Iowa Blues Society, presents the Iowa Blues Challenge (IABC), a multiple-round live music competition in two categories – Band and Solo/Duo – open to all Iowa-based Blues acts.

    Preliminary round competitions will be held in Des Moines, Fairfield and Davenport during August, with the winners of each in both categories advancing to the Iowa Blues Challenge Finals on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Des Moines Social Club.

    • Davenport Band & Solo/Duo prelim – Sunday, August 12 @ River Music Experience
    • Fairfield Band & Solo/Duo prelim – Saturday, August 18 @ Depot Brewery
    • Des Moines Solo/Duo prelim – Sunday, August 19 @ Zimm’s Food & Spirits
    • Des Moines Band prelim – Sunday, August 26 @ Lefty’s Live Music

    Participating acts will be vying for a prize package which includes cash, recording time, opportunities for paid gigs (including, but not limited to the 2019 Winter Blues Fest) and entry into and travel expense stipend for the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, presented by the Blues Foundation.