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Simply The Blues" Blues Festival

Simply the Blues"Simply The Blues" Blues Festival organizers are preparing for the 6th annual event on May 8th and 9th, 2009. As always there will be some of the top national Grammy and Blues Music Award winners/nominees to entertain people from all over the world. This event would not be possible if it were not for all the amazing area and national sponsors, as well as all the great volunteers.

What a lot of people don't realize is that this event has also been a vehicle to raise money for area nonprofit and charity organizations. To date, this event has helped raise over $13,000 for these groups, since it's start in 2004. Some of these organizations have been the FM Public Library, American Cancer Society, Ft. Madison Catholic Youth, Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, the YMCA, Ft. Madison Band Boosters, to mention a few. This year will be no exception, with representatives of national and local groups on hand.

This year organizers hope to present a "Simply The Blues" Music Scholarship at the festival, to a deserving area HS student planning to attend college this fall. The funds for this scholarship have been raised from the Music Scholarship Fundraiser and Press Release party held on February 28th of this year. In which Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, along with the Jefferson County Green Band performed.

Simply The Blues quiltTo help build this scholarship fund for years to come, Barb Palmer, one of the festivals first volunteers and an employee with Two Rivers Insurance Company, has designed and produced a handmade quilt, made of recycled "Simply The Blues" and Blues t-shirts. Barb also had the help of Pat Groth from the Stichin' Addiction. This quilt has 5 years of blues festival history sewn in to it.

There will be a drawing for this quilt on Saturday the 9th at the festival after it has been signed by all of this years performers. Tickets are available now from Barb at Two Rivers Insurance in Fort Madison and will be available at the festival in the Thurman Music Tent on the 8th and 9th. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund.

For more information about "Simply The Blues" blues festival, please contact Matt Eimer at 319-470-2082 or www.simplemanenterprises.com.

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