It kicks off at 5 p.m. with a pre-fest party in the lobby featuring ROB LUMBARD. Then at 7 p.m music will fill the hotel with BRYCE JANEY; THE CANDYMAKERS; JAVIER & THE INNOCENT SONS; LIL’ SLIM BLUES BAND; CONNIE HAWKINS & THE BLUESWRECKERS; BOB DORR & THE BLUE BAND; EDDIE TURNER & THE TROUBLE TWINS, and LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS.


BOB PACE BLUES BAND will kick off the After Hours Jam at midnight with the jam starting about 1 a.m.


The Des Moines Downtown Marriott is offering special BluesFest rates for rooms. Make reservations by calling 1-800-514-4681 or 515-245-5500 or online at Mention the BluesFest for the special rate.


Sponsors are the Central Iowa Blues Society, Budweiser, Summit Brewing Co., Cityview, 95KGGO/98.3WOW and the Downtown Marriott.


For more information on the Winter BluesFest, call (515) 225-6638 or (515) 830-4213 or go to Radio 95KGGO (94.9) and 98.3 WOW will feature wristband giveaways.