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Blues society presents Samantha Fish Jan. 4

Dec 19, 2012

The Southeast Iowa Blues Association is bringing international blues award winner Samantha Fish Jan. 4 to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Fish, a 22-year-old Kansas City native, was named earlier this year as the BMA 2012 Best New Artist Debut for her album “Runaway.”

“We are proud and excited to kick off another year of great music and entertainment with Samantha Fish,” said Casey Cannon, president of SIBS. “She delivers her own passionate mix of blues, rock and jazz with dynamic stories she tells through her songs.”

Fish opens the SIBS 2013 event schedule after she wraps up her current tour in Texas. Within the last few months, she played on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in the Caribbean and toured Europe’s Blues Festival Circuit.

“Advance ticket sales are off to a strong start, and we expect this to be our biggest event yet” said Cannon. “We are also thrilled with the growing community support for SIBS, especially since we are a nonprofit organization driven by the volunteer efforts our SIBS members. Our SIBS board and active members are engaged in efforts ranging from corporate sponsorship and event sales to event set up and relationship management with performers.”

Cannon noted SIBS volunteers will be on hand Jan. 4 to set up the stages, lights and sound equipment, as well as the tables and chairs at the convention center for Fish’s performance. The volunteers also will pack everything back up after the event.

“As we look to 2013 and our second year of supporting live blues around southeast Iowa, we must note the many great events we presented to a growing audience in 2012,” said Cannon.

The SIBS’s first-year effort in 2012 included:

• Bryce Janey – 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge solo winner;

• Matt Woods and the Thunderbolts – two-time Iowa Blues Challenge band competition winner and 2012 Iowa solo winner;

• Van and the Movers – local favorites specializing in authentic blues and danceable versions of new and old classics;

• Jeremy Roland Band – more local favorites delivering hard rockin’ blues;

• The Painkillers, now known as the Rock Island Rollers – Iowa Blues Challenge 2012 band competition winner; and

• The Scott Holt Band – led by the 10-year disciple of the legendary Buddy Guy and recipient of numerous blues awards and honors.

SIBS partnered with the convention center and SIBS member Randy Walker regarding the performance at the convention center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts of Tommy Castro and the Painkillers – 2010 Blues Music Award winner for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Band of the Year. SIBS also donated a portion of the prize money for the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge – supporting both the solo and band competition winners. In addition, two SIBS members served as judges: Gary Henry was a judge for the band competition and Steve Arndt was a judge for the solo competition.

Cannon also notes SIBS supports fresh new blues/indie rock performer Quay Thomas who reaches his 18th birthday just two days ahead of the Jan. 4 event. The Quay Thomas Band will perform at 7 p.m. as the opening entertainment for Fish, who takes the stage at 8 p.m.

“We have enjoyed witnessing Quay Thomas continue to hone his guitar skills this year,” said Cannon. “Quay was invited to share the stage this past year with Bryce Janey, Jeremy Roland, Van and the Movers, and the Scott Holt Band. We are looking forward to the release of his first CD of original work sometime in January.”

Thomas also joined SIBS members and local favorites the Two Pony Blues in another southeast Iowa performance last summer.

Advance tickets for Jan. 4 are available now for $12 from any SIBS member or at KMCD. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

 

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