Music lovers are in for a treat starting at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 16 as the state's best Blues musicians take the stage at the Des Moines Social Club. The 2017 Iowa Blues Challenge Finals competition is hosted by the Central Iowa Blues Society and features six musical acts who will be competing for the opportunity to represent Iowa at the 2018 International Blues Challenge to be held in Memphis, Tennessee.
The finalists were determined earlier this summer at preliminary contests held in Des Moines, Fairfield, Grinnell, and the Quad Cities. At the Finals, each act is allowed a 30-minute block to perform.
Solo/Duet category finalists are:
Bands competing for their own title include:
These performers represent a full range of Blues music, from traditional Delta-style blues to Rhythm & Blues and modern country-rock-blues. Personally, I love the instrumental technique demonstrated by these performers, while others thrill to the acts' vocals.
Photo credit: Central Iowa Blues Society website