Band Lineup Announced For 1st Annual Des Moines Blues & Brews Festival

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The official musical lineup for the Des Moines Rotary’s Blues & Brews Festival has been released, and not only do we have it here, but we’ve also got a video of one of the bands to give you a sneak preview taste of what to expect.

Staff from our sister site The Waterland Blog (ahem, that’s also us…) will be there as well, doing “live blogging” demonstrations and hanging out, so be sure to look for us!

As a reminder, the first annual Blues & Brews Festival will be held from Noon – 7pm on Saturday, Sept. 25th at Des Moines Beach Park. 100% of the net proceeds will support Rotary’s Music4Life program, which is aimed at expanding music to youth in local schools.

Enjoy a day filled with local blues from five different bands, along with a variety of fine brews from 10-15 local breweries (we’ll be doing stories on local brewers soon).

To complement your blues and brews, they’ll be barbecuing Bratwurst and B&E Market’s famous Tri-Tip for your dining enjoyment.

This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine, you must be 21 or older to attend and no pets will be allowed inside the event. No outside food or beverages allowed. Low lawn chairs and picnic blankets allowed. There will be plenty of free parking in the Des Moines Marina. While you are in town, you might want to visit the Des Moines Farmer’s Market and enjoy the Poverty Bay Arts Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate. Cash only at the event; credit cards will not be accepted.

Tickets for the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest can be purchased online, at CorkyCellars (206) 824-9462, 99 Bottles (253) 838-2558 or Des Moines Drug (206) 878-2345, and through Rotary Club of Des Moines.

All proceeds will go to service project Music4Life of the Rotary Club of Des Moines.

Here’s the musical line-up:

Noon – 12:45pm: Cold Shot Band

1:15 – 2:15pm: Stacy Jones Band

2:45 – 3:30pm: Rod Cook

4:00 – 5:00pm: Becki Sue and her Big Rockin’ Daddies

5:30 – 7:00pm: Dudley Taft

Here’s a video of Dudley Taft in action, a Seattle-based blues band described by the Washington Blues Society as:

Big, fat and loud are descriptives that got slapped around on the début album of Seattle’s rock and blues singer/songwriter Dudley Taft; pretty, soft and conservatively wired listeners need not apply.

There is no question that Taft, his band and this album have passed through the deep mojo fires of the Seattle music culture infecting a blend of blues standards like Willy Dixon’s “Back Door Man” and “Seventh Son” and Taft’s original work like the album’s title track, “Left For Dead” which encapsulates the spirit of the NW blues with lyrics like “My body hit the mattress, but my soul hit the floor”. The first tune out the gate is Taft’s “Ain’t No Game” which had me heading for my leather pants, boots and ready for a ride and by the last tune, also a Taft original, “If You’ll Come Home” I had to wonder if I wasn’t listening to the next Billy Gibbons or Joe Bonamassa.

If you are new to the name Dudley Taft, he is no upstart to say the least, he’s been rocking crowds for years with regional superstars Spike and the Impalers and it’s going to take a tornado to knock this showman off his game. So if it’s a feast of thick and beefy guitar tones or a stratospheric riff rock, blue note rocket ride this collection of NW styled blues tunes is a must have for any serious rock blues music collection.

by William Thomas Anderson
Rock the Blues/Washington Blues Society


Click here to buy Tickets to the Blues & Brews Festival.

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