It is our delight and privilege to showcase Blues talent from all over the world. It also means that there are talented bands right here in Iowa, and we couldn't be happier to introduce Wooden Nickel Lottery to the Flatted Fifth stage July 1. Showtime is at 8 PM. Come join the awesome Bellevue Heritage Days this weekend!
Have your music LIVE with some Jazz for your Sunday Fun-day. Ron Tegeler Jazz Trio returns with jazz guitar, bass and drums. From Clinton, IA. Showtime 5 PM.
If you like, come Friday July 7 instead to see Lauren Mitchell Band! She couldn't come on Saturday, & we get great bands when we can:)
You may have last seen Brother Sun Sister Moon on our stage for a pretty stunning night of music with special guest Bobby Messano. Our best description is that when this duo takes the stage, they allow you to leave your distractions at the door and truly experience the Blues.
From Minneapolis, MN. Showtime 8 PM.
This jazz trio from Cedar Falls/Iowa City features saxophone, upright string bass and drums. Showtime 5 PM.
Welcome back to Hal Reed & Mississippi Journey. If you're wishing for some harp action, Hal's got it covered! From Quad Cities. Showtime 8 PM.
Join us for an evening of jazz with jazz guitarist Bill Encke and friends. From Dubuque, IA. Showtime 5 PM.
Back from Chicago!
Treat the dad in your life to dinner and live jazz! This jazz trio from Cedar Falls/Iowa City features saxophone, upright string bass and drums. Showtime 5 PM.
Florida is cranking out some great Blues artists. Welcome Bridget Kelley Band for their Flatted Fifth stage debut. Check out this quote from a review by Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues: "This woman has a voice that is both hard-driving, powerful as a locomotive with a full head of steam, and sultry enough to melt the soles of your shoes and burn a hole straight through to your soul."
Okay. We're in! Showtime 8 PM.
From Rockford, IL.
We love Gracie! Spend some time at Flatted Fifth this Memorial Day weekend, supporting this most talented band. From Memphis with Boston roots:) Showtime 8 PM.
We're giving a warm welcome back to Chris Antonik from Toronto, Canada. He's continued to shape the Blues scene for our northern neighbors. "Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton." We hope that's enough of a hook! Showtime 8 PM.
Attention: This is a FRIDAY. We book the Dylan Doyle Band when we can get them! From Woodstock, NY. Showtime 8 PM.
Treat the mom in your life to some live jazz this Mother's Day! Three Dawgs & a Bone join us again. From Iowa City, IA. Showtime 5-8 PM.
What an honor to have Dave Fields back at Flatted Fifth this year! This multi-instrumentalist brings an understanding of blues from all angles: bass, piano, guitar, drums....you get the picture:) Dave has a new album to share, and we're happy to support live music! From NYC. Showtime at 8 PM.
The retro Jump Blues quartet Madison Red and the Band That Time Forgot is slated to rock The Flatted Fifth Blues & Barbecue in Bellevue, Iowa on Saturday, May 6 from 8 to 11 pm. The band is in the midst of a tour promoting its new record 21st Century Blues and Ballads, it first all-original CD release.
The new disc’s most notorious tune is “Jocko’s Rocket Ship,” a veritable musical documentary about an infamous Madison “coke” bar, but there are plenty of other delights in this nine-song collection including a record number of 8-bar blues, and several ballads, both celebratory (“Reefer Dan”) and romantic (“Age of Reason”). “My background is in comic books and movie criticism,” says guitarist Tom Flinn, who graduated from Columbus High in Waterloo and had a hand in writing all nine tunes, “so I have a narrative bent. I wanted these songs to tell stories, however elliptically.” In 21st Century Blues & Ballads the group has taken elements from a diverse group of classic 20th Century song forms and creatively applied them to contemporary subjects. Check out one of the band’s blues-drenched offerings here
Led by flame-haired vocalist (and keyboard player) Megan Levy (aka “Madison Red”), The Band That Time Forgot is a swinging quartet that specializes in playing classic jump blues from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Wynonie Harris, and Johnny Moore along with danceable Chicago-style blues from artists like Junior Wells, the Kinsey Report, and Gary Primich. Here’s what Tom Radal said about the band in the Wisconsin Blues Society Newsletter: “On Saturday, July 6th at Oshkosh’s Sawdust Days several bands put on impressive performances. Particularly interesting was a new group out of Madison who brought and interesting brand of 1930s, 40s, and 50s jump and swing music to the stage. Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Louis Jordan, Tampa Red, and Wynonie Harris tunes got great treatments long with some sharp as a tack renditions of Hollywood Fats and Jimmy Rodgers tunes. “
For additional information on the band, check out our website: http://madisonredandtbttf.com/
Welcome Sonic Sunshine, a new and exciting world beat/funk/contemporary jazz group that features ex members and sidemen for Queen Latifah, Save Ferris, Shaggy, Sister Carol, The English Beat, General Public and Paul Taylor. From California. Check out their videos. We're thinking they know how to have fun in the sun! Showtime 5 PM.
Just announced! CD release party for Bobby Messano's latest album, "Bad Movie." Umm....just so you know....Bobby Messano is a multi-grammy nominee blues artist.... More info coming!
Due to illness, Concrete has needed to postpone his show scheduled for tonight. Thanks for understanding.
Back from the Quad Cities, Concrete Slim brings his foot-stomping Blues!
You may have heard that Music in Memphis Died along with B.B. King… well we’re here to tell you that… MEMPHIS BLUES ROCK IS ALIVE AND WELL! John D'Amato — A Rockin’ original yet true to the blues. Showtime 8 PM.
One of our great honors is the ability to support amazing musical talent. This time, we're having a CD release party for Blue Dog Blues Band! (CD release party means they have just cut another record.) It's a double celebration with April Fools Day too, so we're having a themed party. Dress up in your best 4th of July Costume for a contest, prizes and give aways. Oh, and you will have a blast listening to this band. Native Americans can sing the Blues! From Minneapolis, MN. Showtime 8 PM.
Blues duo. From Omaha, NE.
We're pretty sure there's a reason why a jazz group would name themselves after a New Orleans swamp rat. It's best to come on over to Flatted Fifth and check out Nutria for yourself! We welcome this trio featuring sax/clarinet, standup string bass and drums from New Orleans, LA. Showtime 5 PM.
You asked. We deliver. It's almost been a year since The Jimmys last took Bellevue by horn. :) Let the good times roll! Can't wait to hear Ophelia again plus their new album, Live from Transylvania. Showtime at 8 PM.
And just so you know, showtime stops at 11:59 PM because the computer program makes it look like they play 2 days straight if we plug in 12 AM. Not that they couldn't keep going...this band can get wound up!!
Due to the incoming inclement weather, our band from Madison, WI will not be able to make it tonight. We can't wait for another opportunity to have Lo Marie back at the Flatted Fifth stage. Thanks for understanding!
We had such a great time with Mardi Gras, we need a rest:) But next weekend we're back at it with a bang: Duke Tumatoe and The Power Trio and Lo Marie Jazz!!
It's a "school night." But hey, we're still going to celebrate Fat Tuesday! Join us with Bill Encke's group, Round Midnight, featuring jazz standards with New Orleans flair. From Dubuque, IA.