The History of the Blues Series returns again this season with three outstanding gigs at Buena Vista University's Anderson Auditorium.
Some of Iowa's top talent will hit the stage, and all of the concert events are free to the public.
* On Friday January 9th the Eric Hovey Band performs at Anderson Auditorium at BVU. Show time is 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Eric and his band will then move to the Lake Avenue Lounge to play from 9-1. Two great shows in one night by the prolific guitar player and vocalist from the Fort Dodge area.
* On Saturday January 10th The Tom Gary Blues Band will have their CD release party at the Lake Avenue Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend. Their disc "Yesterday and Today" features such hits as "Iowa," "Long Distance Blues," and "Holly Golightly Blues." The show starts at 8 p.m. and is free to the public. CDs will be available for purchase. The band includes Don Demers, Jimmy Davis, Paul Sleezer and Tom Gary.
* On Tuesday January 13th Bob Dorr and Jeff Peterson of the statewide favorite, Blue Band, return to Anderson Auditorium to play for the blues series. Bob and Jeff have been performing together for over 30 years and are in both the Iowa Blues Hall Of Fame, and the Iowa Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Their show starts at 7 p.m.
* On Thursday January 15th The Tom Gary Blues Band with special guest Ronn Hill from Chicago will perform the final show of the Series at Anderson. Ronn was born in Des Moines, but moved to Chicago, and performed with Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, and many others. He traveled around the U.S. he has lived in Las Vegas and New Mexico, and has a large following everywhere he has lived. He currently lives in Chicago and is making his first performance in over a year. Show time is 7 p.m.
Veteran bluesman and educator Tom Gary created the series several years ago to go along with an interim class on the blues genre he teaches for BVU, and the events have brought top-name talent to the local stage ever since.
"We would really like to see people from Storm Lake and the surrounding areas come out to the shows," Gary said. If enough people show interest in the blues then perhaps a blues and jazz fest like the one in Cherokee can happen here in Storm Lake. Besides you can't beat the price!"