December 30, 2013 – Des Moines, IA
Matt Woodsis a Delta Blues man with a rich background of live Blues performances locally, regionally, and nationally. Mr. Woods plays slide with precision and finesse. Woods writes many of his own songs in the “Northern Mississippi Blues” style of acoustic and electric blues. Woods sings with a clarity and determination for excellence. Woods is a great showman!
Cindy Grill and Alan Smithmet back in 2006 and have played the Central Iowa Blues circuit as "Hot Tamale and The Red Hots". They put out their CD (Hot Off The Grill) in 2007, a Blues and Boogie feel good sound. As Alan wanted to expand into more acoustic country, he hooked up with Cousin Eddie/ Muhlbauer and Smith and eventually joined Infuzion playing Lead, slide, harp and even vocals. Even though Alan is a Limey and Cindy is from Minnesota, their hearts are deeply grounded in Des Moines. They support the local Blues society and can't thank The Botanical Gardens enough for keeping ALL music Alive and Well in Iowa! So, come on out under the dome, sit back & ENJOY THE SHOW. We'll save a seat for ya!
J. D. Flanaganis an Iowa boy who started playing in rock bands in the early 1970s. By 1979 he had migrated to Des Moines and became a member of a local group known as the Buzz Band. Over the years the Buzz Band included many talented musicians including Carol Thomas, a founding member of the Central Iowa Blues Society.
J.D.’s band partner, Pat Hemann, is currently performing with two bands, the Heart Beats and Danny and the Dreamers. J.D. continues his soulful blues performances at various venues throughout the Des Moines area. J.D. and Pat are heavily influenced by legendary bluesmen like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf. These bluesmen set the bar for contemporary musicians.
Bryce Janeybegan his career in his hometown of Marion, IA at the age of 13 in a blues-rock trio called The Janeys. With his mother on drums and his father Billy Lee on guitar, The Janeys played regionally and nationally from Chicago to Los Angeles. They shared the stage with over 50 national acts, including Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Johnny Winter and Koko Taylor.
Bryce began a solo career and released his first CD, Practice What You Preach, in 1996 on Hot Fudge Music label. This release was later picked up by an independent label in Minneapolis, MN where Bryce began to showcase in local clubs. Two more CDs were released, Live at Checkers Tavern and Sweet Baby Jane. These early CDs have gained national attention and five stars from Blues Access magazine with great reviews from Blues Revue and Living Blues, among others.
In 1999, Bryce signed with San Diego music attorney, Rod Underhill and became the number one artist on mp3.com later that year. In 2001, Bryce began touring again with his own band and with Iowa’s own Blue Band. Bryce played festivals and successful venues like B.B. Kings in Memphis and Buddy Guys Legends in Chicago.
Bryce’s influences include many artists ranging from Gene Vincent, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix, Cream and The Band, in addition to many blues artists Chicago style to Old Delta Robert Johnson. He also has a great love for country and folk music and tries to combine these into a melting pot genre of his own version of rock n roll, county, and blues with a touch of acoustic ballads and R&B.
The last two years Bryce has been living, writing and performing in eastern Iowa. His new songs were recorded at Catamount Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa with gold record producer of Stone Sour, Tom Tatman. As they said in Blues Revue, all the elements that could make Bryce Janey a major blues star are in place!
Bella Soulfeatures Tina Haase-Findlay, a dynamic singer devoted to sharing music that soothes the soul and rocks your world at the same time. Tina aspires to impact her listeners with hope, love, joy, and just plain fun! Tina has performed at many venues, including the Des Moines Art Center, the Blues on Grand and New Year’s galas at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.
Her husband Brandon provides the jazz-influenced lead guitar that adds spice to the special blues gumbo served up by Tina. What a great pre-party leading up to the fun of Super Bowl Sunday!
"Mojo Jono" Jono Smithstarted out playing piano, but when The Beatles hit, Jono gave up the piano and taught himself to play the guitar. He built his first guitar with his Dad out of pieces of other guitars. He started playing professionally in the late 60's with a regional Up with People ensemble in Ohio, where he was born.
Jono is proud to have opened for Sonia Dada and Son Seals. His three main guitar influences include George Harrison, Dickey Betts and Frank Zappa. His all-time favorite musician is John Lennon.
Jono recorded an album in the late 70's with a country-rock group, The Red Ryder Band and toured with them for about 4 years throughout the Midwest. In the early 80's he recorded an album with some college buddies in a band called ZINI. He then formed a band called Alien Corn in Des Moines that lasted almost 20 years. They played a variety of venues throughout Iowa and even came in third in the Iowa Blues Challenge in 1998. Alien Corn's CD is still available from Jono or from CD Baby. Jono formed The Other Brothers in 1999 with John Lee-Egan and Gary Lofstedt. Jono also served as musical director of the Blues Showcase backup band for 3 years. Currently, Jono is the lead guitarist for the local classic rock band known as “Opus Taylor”.
Jono has been writing songs for over thirty years. Jono is an avid collector of recorded music with over 12,000 titles in his musical archives.
Brad "be bad" McClouda lifetime Bluesman. He is poet of the hard road. He never spent more than a couple years anywhere as a child but was always in Iowa. His Grandfather was a minister and he introduced Brad to music in the church at a young age. Brad got a guitar when he was in third grade and is self-taught. Always more interested in writing songs than playing covers it is hard for Brad to list influences. He believes he is influenced by almost everyone he hears. He has been a Blues lover for some time and listens to and owns a lot of Blues recordings. Brad is the former winner of the Iowa Singles/duo Blues Challenge.
Bob Paceis an outstanding musician and entertainer with many years of Blues music performances from across the region. Bob is a member of both the Rock and Roll and Blues Halls of Fame. Bob plays regularly at Zimm’s Spirits and Foods and the Gas Lamp. Bob’s musical influences include Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Jimi Hendrix. Bob has a solid reputation as a great lead and side man in all kinds of Blues environments including Delta, Chicago, and Memphis. All of this and a whole lot of fun as well!
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.