February 13, 2017


We all love the Blues in our own way. Musicians play them, audiences listen and dance, and critics critique. But this can only occur when musicians, audiences (and critics) get together somewhere to make it all happen. The venues listed below are loving the Blues by hosting events geared toward Blues artists, fans and critics, and they are an important part of the Blues and our musical culture in general. Please show your support for these businesses, and do your part to keep the music flowing! For current information about events and happenings at these venues, visit the Blues Calendar.

Cedar Rapids and Marion, Mt. Vernon and more

  • Checkers Tavern (web)
    3120 6th St. SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 364-9927
  • The Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House (web)
    1140 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 365-1234
  • Ernie’s Tavern
    69 16th Ave. SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 364-9372
  • F.B. & Company (web)
    4185 Whittier Rd
    Waubeek, IA
    (319) 438-6582
  • J.M. O’Malley’s
    1502 H Ave. NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 369-9433
  • Lincoln Wine Bar  (web)
    125 First St. W.
    Mt. Vernon, IA
    (319) 895-9463
  • The Longbranch Saloon (web)
    90 Twixt Town Road NE
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 377-6386
  • Parlor City Pub and Eatery (web)
    12th Ave. at 3rd Street
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 247-0000
  • Q Dogs BBQ (web)
    895 Blairs Ferry Rd.
    Marion, IA 52302
    (319) 826-6668
  • Tornado’s Grub & Pub
    1400 3rd St SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 364-9378
  • Village Meat Market & Cafe (web)
    92 16th Ave SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    (319) 265-6328

Iowa City and Coralville

  • Blue Moose Tap House (web)
    211 Iowa Ave
    Iowa City, IA
    (319) 358-9206
  • Gabe’s (web)
    330 E Washington
    Iowa City, IA
    (319) 385-5955
  • The Mill (web)
    120 E Burlington
    Iowa City, IA
  • Otis’ Tailgators II (web)
    450 1st Ave
    Coralville, IA
  • Shakespeare’s Pub & Grill (web)
    819 S 1st Ave
    Iowa City, IA
    (319) 337-7275
  • Yacht Club (web)
    13 S Linn St
    Iowa City, IA
    (319) 337-6464

North of Linn County 

  • Bryan’s on 4th Limestone Lounge (web)
    320 East 4th Street
    Waterloo, IA 50703
    (319) 274-8888


Venues: if you represent a venue in the eastern Iowa area that presents Blues-based shows, please use the form below to submit your location and contact information. If you can, please include a link to your website, Facebook page, ticket outlet or other online resource so we can help our visitors find out more about you. You should also use this form if you need to correct an existing listing.

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