August 4th marks the 19th year for Linn County’s perennial Blues festival, Bluesmore! Once again, the festival will be held on the grounds of Brucemore, the National Trust Site that has hosted the event for nearly two decades. Through the support of major sponsor Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, LCBS will be presenting B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Contemporary Blues Female Artists of the Year Janiva Magness, as well as The Chris Beard Band and BF Burt and the Instigators on the main stage. On the Back Porch Stage this year, we’ll feature Tommy Bruner and D.J. Johnson with student musicians through the support of Hometown Restyling.
Tickets are $13 in advance, and $15 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the following locations:
The Music Loft
Chappy’s Safari Lounge
West Music, Marion
Music Go Round
Parlor City Pub and Eatery
Janiva was named B.B. King Entertainer of the Year in 2009, and was honored as Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Her latest release is called “Stronger For It” on Alligator Records. Learn more about Janiva Magness here.
Janiva Magness – Make It Rain
The Chris Beard Band
“When you grow up in a house filled with the blues, when your father grew up on Beale Street, when music was in your DNA, then blues is who you are and what you do.” – Art Tipaldi, Blues Revue. Chris’ most recent recording is “Who I Am and What I Do“. More about Chris Beard here.
Chris Beard – Treat Me Like I Treat You
BF Burt and the Instigators
For over 20 years, Kevin BF Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the nation, dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. You’ll see why when Kevin and his band open the show at Bluesmore 19. Find out more about BF Burt and the Instigators here.
BF Burt and the Instigators – Bustin’ Out
Presented by Brucemore and the Linn County Blues Society
For more information, contact Brucemore at
2160 Linden Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
or the Linn County Blues Society
PO Box 2672
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406