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Joe Mullins Performance in Paton, IA.

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BMAI was so excited to have the very talented band Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers to perform here in Iowa on April 26, 2014.  Joe and the band were en route back to Ohio after performing at the North Platte Nebraska Bluegrass Festival for a couple of days and we were able to set up a location for them to perform.  And what a great performance it was. 

I was blessed to have met Joe a few years ago at the Sally Mountain Festival in Queen City, Mo.  Then we have visited a few times during our trips to Nashville for the SPBGMA International Convention and the International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest and Business Conference.  Throughout our discussions the idea arose that if they would be coming through here we would try to put something together.  Thank you to all of those that attended the concert and if you want to find out more about Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers check out their website at www.radioramblers.com   

Please join us for our upcoming shows, concerts, and festivals and support live bluegrass music in Iowa.  www.iowabluegrassmusic.com


Bluegrass Goes Pink for Cancer in Iowa City!!

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       BLUEGRASS GOES PINK FOR CANCER!!

IOWA CITY, IA.  Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa (BMAI) is going “Pink” for Cancer awareness.  Bluegrass Bands from Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota will come together for the 1st Annual BMAI Bluegrass Goes Pink Festival on April 11 and 12, 2014 at the Clarion Highlander Hotel in Iowa City.   Performances by Iowa bands Highway Home and Castle Ridge will begin on Friday April 11th at 6:30 PM.  Also performing that evening will be Minnesota’s Award Winning Band Blue Wolf and Missouri’s Award Winning group The Baker Family.

On Saturday BMAI will provide workshops from 10am-Noon and 4-6pm with the concert to begin at 1pm.  In addition to performances throughout the entire day by Highway Home, Castle Ridge, Blue Wolf, and The Baker Family there will be a special performance by the BMAI Bluegrass Band and a Special Cancer Awareness presentation by 16 year-old Haley Scott.

Patrons are encouraged to visit the BMAI website at www.iowabluegrassmusic.com for more information regarding this event.   Tickets are now available on the website.  The Clarion Highlander Hotel is offering a special bluegrass rate for those attending from out of the area.  To make reservations call 319-354-2000 and request the bluegrass rate.

BMAI hosts several events each year throughout the state and is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting, promoting, educating, and preserving the appreciation and enhancement of traditional bluegrass music in the State of Iowa.  Partial proceeds from this event will go to the American Cancer Society in Iowa.  Donations are being accepted at the BMAI website.

The Clarion Highlander Hotel is located at 2525 N. Dodge Street in Iowa City, Iowa.

For more information phone Lori King at 641-799-1442 or by email at iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com.

The 1st Annual BMAI Bluegrass Goes Pink is sponsored by the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa, Central Iowa Tourism, and area businesses. 

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Bluegrass Music is alive in Iowa!!

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Newly formed bluegrass band Lori King & Junction 63 from Drakesville will headline the 12th Annual Bluegrass Show, scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd at the Iowa Theater in Bloomfield. Lori King & Junction 63 is based out of Southern Iowa and Missouri. However, Lori and Joe King are no strangers to the Bluegrass stage. After long discussions the duo decided to dissolve their previous band Bluegrass Addiction and focus on more original material, in addition to the songs their audiences have grown to love. Lori King and Junction 63 debuted their new group in February 2014. The band consists of Lori King on Upright Bass and singing Lead and harmony vocals. On guitar, band partner and husband Joe King also singing lead and harmony vocals. Joe and Lori reside in Drakesville Iowa and have been performing on stage for over 20 years. Kevin Amburgey lives in Ashland, MO. He recently moved from Kentucky with his wife and kids to start a Baptist Church and is a stellar mandolinist, singer, and guitar player. He sings lead and harmony vocals. Adam Smith lives near the St. Louis area with his wife and son and plays banjo for the band. Lori and the guys are looking forward to this new venture and are currently booking dates for 2014 and 2015. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/junction63band or http://www.junction63.com

BSR newAlso appearing will be Blue Steel Rail and County Line Bluegrass. Blue Steel Rail hails from O’Fallon, MO, just west of St. Louis. Bryan and Joanna Dietz, a husband and wife team, started BSR in 2010 and have continued to promote and play gospel and bluegrass all around the Midwest with a musical emphasis on traditional bluegrass and gospel music. Blue Steel Rail consists of Bryan Dietz on Guitar and vocals, Joanna Dietz on Mandolin and vocals, Jim Potter on upright Bass, Thomas Sitze on Banjo, Larry Daniels on Guitar and vocals and Randi King on Fiddle. You can find more information about Blue Steel Rail at http://www.BlueSteelRail.com, or http://www.facebook.com/BlueSteelRail. Contact us by email at Bryan@bluesteelrail.com or by phone at 636.734.9017.

County Line 2013County Line is a Bluegrass band from various parts of Marshall County in beautiful central Iowa. These longtime friends really enjoy playing traditional bluegrass and gospel music. Members include: Rex Gunderson – Guitar, Fiddle, & Vocals. Rex grew up in and around the town of Conrad Iowa. He started playing music in high school, after getting a guitar. He came across bluegrass in the mid-1980’s, taking a special interest the fiddle. Cheryl Gunderson – Bass & Vocals. Cheryl’s love of music goes back as far as she can remember. In high school she was in band and chorus, and participated in many small groups. Because Cheryl spends a good amount of time with Rex, she was been exposed to bluegrass music. She started playing bass, specializing in her solid rhythm and sweet harmonies. Steve Anderson – Mandolin & Vocals. Steve moved to Iowa in the mid-1970s, found a mandolin in a store window over in Council Bluffs, and things have never been the same since. Steve started out jamming around tropical southern Minnesota. Steve is very thankful for all the musical memories that have been made over the years – bluegrass people are good people. Fred Buck – Banjo, Dobro, & Vocals. Born and raised on a farm west of Grinnell, Fred has been playing bluegrass since the 30’s (since he was 30, that is). He has played in several bluegrass bands. Fred builds and repairs instruments and teaches in several locations. Fred has always thought bluegrass was a participant sport and the best people in the world are involved in it. Julie Buck – Guitar & Vocals. Julie grew up in Wyoming listening to rock & roll as well as grandpa playing polkas on his button box accordion. Fred introduced Julie to bluegrass and taught her to play guitar. She loves Laurie Lewis, IIIrd Tyme Out and Dailey and Vincent. You can visit their website at http://www.countylinebg.com.

Four youth from the Davis County area will also perform: Clayton Thompson, Dayton Rysdam, Hayden Watson, and Lane Johnson. The lineup promises a full evening of toe-tapping, soul-stirring music. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. start time. Tickets are available now online at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com, by calling 641-799-1442 or at the door. Show prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-16, and free for children five and under.

Prior to the event patrons will also have the chance to enjoy a jam session in the Kay Burchett Center from 2-5 pm adjacent to the theater. Everyone is welcome and no admission is charged for the jam session. Musicians are encouraged to bring an acoustic instrument and join in. Chairs will be available for the listeners. Please bring finger foods to share during the jam. In addition, BMAI is asking that you bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Davis County Food Pantry. You may call Lori King at 641-799-1442 for more information.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather, patrons are encouraged to call ahead at 641-799-1442, the theater at 641-664-9588, or tune in to KIIC 96.7 FM for updated information.

The Iowa Theater is located at 107 S. Washington Street, Bloomfield, Iowa.

For more information, call Lori King at 641-799-1442 or go online at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com or http://www.junction63.com .

The 12th Annual Bluegrass Show is sponsored by the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa, Central Iowa Tourism, and area businesses. BMAI is 501c(3) non-profit organization.

More upcoming BMAI Events:

* Sunday March 16th 2-4 PM Simpson Barn Jam in Johnston (FREE, Donation is requested)

* March 29- Jam Session with West Connection at the Winterset Stage in Winterset (Free, Donation is requested)

* April 11 & 12- Bluegrass Goes Pink Festival with Highway Home, Castle Ridge, Blue Wolf, The Baker Family, and the BMAI Bluegrass Band in Iowa City (Tickets now available) Room Reservations can be made by calling 319-354-2000. Don’t forget to ask for the Bluegrass Rate!! This hotel stay includes a FREE breakfast!!*

* April 26- Joe Mullins Concert Paton, Iowa (Tickets and Meal Option now available) This is a rare opportunity to catch this National Touring Band Coming through the Midwest!! Joe and the Radio Ramblers are a fantastic, traditional Bluegrass Group. You will not want to miss this concert!!

* May 3- Showcase of Bands and Jam Session with Bartons Hollow, Milltown, and Truckstop Souvenier at Fairfield Middle School 5-8PM (Free, Donation is requested)

* July 19- Picnic and Jam Session Crown Point in Johnston (Free, Donation is requested)

More information can be found on our website at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com

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BMAI Entering its 5th Year

ImageAs we near the end of 2013 and begin the new year we hope that somehow over the past 5 years we have impacted your life in a positive way.  The BMAI Board and committee is striving to bring more bluegrass events, jam sessions, and concerts to the State of Iowa.  We just completed our 2013 season with the 4th Annual Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival. Three national touring bands: The Darrell Webb Band, Nu Blu, and The Harper Family, were joined by five regional and Iowa based bands, to make the three day event a great success. Attendance was at an all-time high.

BMAI sponsored six other bluegrass concerts in 2013. We enhanced our concert offerings with other bluegrass related activities including small group performances, educational workshops, and promotion of the Play It Forward! (PIF) program.  We now have provided 5 Iowa youth with instruments through the PIF program. 

We are planning to grow our events in 2014. We will be holding new workshops at the Annual Ramada Tropics Resort Festival and a brand new Bluegrass Goes Pink weekend to be held April 11 and 12 in Iowa City. These are just two of our planned expansion activities for the upcoming year.

We also will be raffling a custom 5th Anniversary BMAI Guitar built by Iowa based instrument builder Steve Hinde.  Steve is an incredible luthier, as well as a musician and we feel truly blessed for his donation of his time to build it for us.  We will be posting some photos to keep you up to date on its progress.  The guitar will once again be raffled at the Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival on Saturday November 1, 2014.  Photo is the inlay that will be on the headstock of the guitar. You can find out more about Hinde Instruments on his website at www.hindecustominstruments.com.

Please visit our website for all of our 2014 events and plan to attend!!  We have some great bands hired for your entertainment.  We will post our new events there as we get them scheduled.  www.iowabluegrassmusic.com

Additional reminder to our current members, 2013 memberships will expire on December 31, 2013 so make sure to get your renewal form in the mail.  If you would like to become more involved with BMAI, volunteer some of your time at our events, find out more about our programs, or make a donation feel free to contact me at iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com or by calling 641-799-1442.     

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you next year!! 


Bluegrass on the Lake

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Bluegrass on the Lake will be on June 7, 2013 at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, Iowa from 7-10pm. This is a free event and open to the public. Performances by the BMAI Bluegrass Band and Highway Home. Other to be determined later. We also encourage others to come and jam in the lobby area. Honey Creek Resort has a full restaurant and lounge. Also join us for our 3 day festival on October 24-26th, 2013 for a great weekend filled with lots of bluegrass and gospel music. For tickets and more information visit our website at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com.


BMAI Announces Executive Director Lori King to participate in IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013

Nashville, TN — The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the participants of Leadership Bluegrass 2013.  Leadership Bluegrass, now in its 14th year with more than 300 alumni, is an intensive, three-day program of interactive learning and networking experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing our music, along with related leadership issues.

The Leadership Bluegrass program pulls together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication. The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve.

The selection process for Leadership Bluegrass is competitive, with more applicants than there are positions available. While the application or recommendation does not guarantee a position in the class, IBMA does guarantee that everyone who applies will be given an equal opportunity. Enrollment and participation in Leadership Bluegrass is voluntary and a new class is selected each year. All class members are expected to bear the expense of any travel and/or lodging during the program as well as pay a class participation fee. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Participants in the 2013 Class of Leadership Bluegrass:

 

  • Darin Aldridge; Darin and Brooke Aldridge; Cherryville, NC
  • Melissa Armstrong; Detour; Sand Lake, MI
  • Andrea Ball; Make Welcome Entertainment; Washington, DC
  • Katherine Coe; IBMA; Nashville, TN
  • Jeremy Darrow; The Erin McDermott Band/Freelance Musician; Nashville, TN
  • John DeMarce; DC Bluegrass Union; Washington, DC
  • Susie Glaze; Hilonesome Music, Susie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band; Burbank, CA
  • KC Groves; Artist & Composer; Lyons, CO
  • Kayla Hotte; Kayla Hotte & her Rodeo Pals; Ardrossan, Alberta, CA
  • Caroline Isachsen; Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Delmar, NY
  • Steven Johnson; MerleFest; Wilkesboro, NC
  • Lori King; Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa; Drakesville, IA
  • Jordan Laney; Appalachian State University; Vilas, NC
  • Ron Murphy; Muddy River Band; Wilmington, OH
  • Amy Reitnouer; The Bluegrass Situation; Los Angeles, CA
  • Carolyn Routh; Nu-Blu; Siler City, NC
  • Sheila Selby; Boston Bluegrass Union; Brookline, MA
  • Carly Smith; International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, KY
  • Erin Stamper; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Washington, DC
  • Shannon Turner; Freelance writer/journalist; Hermitage, TN
  • Missy Werner; The Missy Werner Band; Liberty Township, OH
  • Jill Wiese; Bluegrass Association of North Dakota; Washburn, ND
  • Kristi Wilcox; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP; Nashville, TN
  • Courtney Wothen; PineCone – The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music; Raleigh, NC

Leadership Bluegrass will be hosted this year at BMI and Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC in Nashville, Thursday – Saturday, March 7-9 and will be facilitated by Trisha Tubbs. Our Platinum Sponsors this year include BMI; The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Bone McAllester Norton LLC.  Please contact the IBMA office for information on future Leadership Bluegrass programs: (615) 256-3222, nancyc@ibma.org.; Make Welcome Entertainment; Washington, DC

About Leadership Bluegrass

The purpose of the Leadership Bluegrass program is to pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication. The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve. Leadership Bluegrass seeks to explore bluegrass music and its place in the larger world of entertainment through:

  • A systematic study of the business of bluegrass, its institutions and organizations, their needs, problems and resources
  • Exposure to a wide variety of current music leaders and notable persons
  • Encouraging independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches. It is not intended to “indoctrinate” or pass on the current leaders’ views and ideas.
  • Acquaintance with relevant issues facing bluegrass, their history and future possibilities
  • Involvement of all related facets of the music industry which impact bluegrass
  • High quality interactive sessions for the participants.

Participation

The selection process for Leadership Bluegrass is competitive, with more applicants than there are positions available.  While your application or recommendation does not guarantee a position in the class, IBMA does guarantee that everyone who applies will be given an equal opportunity. The deadline to apply every year is November 15 .  Details and application will be posted in the fall and will also be available at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference. Enrollment and participation in Leadership Bluegrass is voluntary and a new class will be selected each year. All class members are expected to bear the expense of any travel and/or lodging during the program as well as pay a class participation fee.

  • A sincere commitment, motivation and interest in servicing the bluegrass community today and in the future
  • Relative bluegrass community activity and experience
  • An interest in advancing one’s own professional or volunteer leadership roles within the bluegrass music industry.
  • The opportunity and commitment to take the time the program requires for completion.

2013 Band and Festival Guide Coming Soon

BMAI commencing on its 4th year is pleased to announce that the 2013 Band and Festival Guide is being printed and should be in the mail next week. This year’s guide is jam packed with an abundance of new festivals, bands, events, businesses, and information for every bluegrass fan. BMAI is committed to doing exceptional things for the bluegrass genre and industry in the State of Iowa. Kicking off the 2013 year BMAI is launching a new format to its membership by implementing more benefits and perks for joining the association. You can check out the new re-designed membership page at http://www.iowabluegrassmusic.com. Stay tuned for future updates and events.