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Two big blues events announced in Des Moines

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Blues fans, mark your calendars. Two big blues events have been announced recently that you won't want to miss.

First, on February 8, the Central Iowa Blues Society presents their 20th Annual Winter Blues Fest at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. The music will kick off at 5 p.m. and then run until the wee hours of the morning. Tickets for the festival are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online through the Central Iowa Blues Society website. Here is a look at the Winter Blues Fest's 20th Anniversary lineup:

5 - 7 p.m.: Jefferson County Green Band
(1st Floor Lobby)

7 - 9:45 p.m.: Chad Elliott & Bonita Crowe
2013 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Winner
(Rock River Lounge)

7 - 9:45 p.m.: Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers
2013 Omaha Blues Society Blues Challenge Winner
(Des Moines Room on the 3rd Floor)

7:15 - 10 p.m.: Katy Guillen & The Girls
2013 Kansas City Blues Challenge Winner
(Salon E on the Skywalk Level)

7:30 - 10:15 p.m.: Nikki Hill
(Dubuque Room on the 3rd Floor)

7:45 - 10:30 p.m.: Rock Island Rollers
2013 Mississippi Valley Blues Challenge Winner
(Salon D on the Skywalk Level)

10:15 p.m. - 1 a.m.: John Nemeth
Nominated for 5 Blues Music Awards last year
(Des Moines Room on the 3rd Floor)

10:30 p.m. - 1:15 a.m.: Chris O’Leary Band
2011 Blues Music Award Nominee and Blues Blast Music Award Winner
(Salon E on the Skywalk Level)

10:45 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Annie Mack
2013 Minnesota Blues Challenge Winner
(Dubuque Room on the 3rd Floor)

11 p.m. to Midnight: Bob Pace Band
2012 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
(Salon D on the Skywalk Level)

12:30 a.m. - ???: After Hours Jam with Bob Pace & others

Next, on March 8, Wooly's in Des Moines East Village will host the Bottoms Up Blues Bash. The event is a fundraiser for Colon Cancer Awareness Month and will feature performances by Dustin Busch & Mark Janssen, the Jean Marie Salem Project, and Iowa Blues Hall of Famer Bob Dorr & The Blue Band. Doors for this all ages show open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 12 and under get in free. Advance tickets may be purchased through Wooly's or Ticketfly.


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