Winter Blues Fest Coming to Des Moines

Central Iowa Blues Society’s 25th Winter Blues Fest

The Central Iowa Blues Society is pleased to announce the line-up for the 25th Anniversary Winter Blues Fest at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Ave on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2019.

TWENTY blues acts in two nights – all under one roof and out of the cold!

Beginning Friday evening, Blues lovers will be treated to three stages of music including; Matt Woods & Dustin Arbuckle, Kevin “BF” Burt (International Blues Challenge champion and Blues Music Award Nominee), Nick Schnebelen Band (from Trampled Under Foot), Watermelon Slim, The Jimmy’s, and Southern Avenue.

Saturday’s shows begin at 4:00pm and feature; Iowa Blues Challenge Solo / Duo champions Tina (Haase Findlay) and Rob (Lumbard), Aaron Earl Short, Heath Alan’s Iowa Blues Expo, Kevin Burt & the Corridor (featuring Iowa Blues Hall of Famers DJ Johnson, Billylee Janey, Craig Erickson, Sam Salomone, and T-Bone Giblin), Ivy Ford, The Soul Searchers, Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones, James Harman featuring Nathan James, Stan & the Chain Gang,  Scotty & the Wingtips (Iowa Blues Challenge Winner), Heather Newman Band, the Buttercow Blues Band, Walter Trout, and Eric Gales.

The Central Iowa Blues Society partnered with Confluence Brewing Company to brew a special beer to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Winter Blues Fest. Winter Blues Helles Lager will be available at the fest as well as the brewery and participating retail outlets.

Advance Tickets $45 Weekend Pass – or – $20/Friday and $30/Saturday. At the door admission goes up $5/night. Tickets and more information at