Cedar Rapids, Iowa – The Linn County Blues Society (LCBS) and Friends of Czech Village will be holding auditions for a chance to perform on the youth stage at this year’s Czech Village Blues show. Open to individuals 18 and under, participants must be able to perform four blues genres: Shuffle, Slow Blues, Swing and Rocker. Any instrument is eligible. Auditions and callbacks will be held during the weekly Tuesday Evening Jams at Parlor City Pub and Eatery, located at 1125 3rd St SE in Cedar Rapids between 7-10pm.


“Live performance is the essence of the blues for all generations. Keeping the blues alive through our talented youth that are the future of this art form is core to the mission of the LCBS.” president Dave Antin


The winner and runner-ups will be announced on July 17, 2018 at Parlor City Pub and Eatery at 8 pm. Parlor City Jam regulars Tommy (T-Bone) Giblin and Dan (DJ) Johnson will work with the participants and will be involved in the final decision along with KCCK’s John (Big Mo) Heim.


The top performer will win a custom guitar sponsored by 965 Guitars, will be invited to play a set on the Czech Village Blues youth stage on August 11 in Cedar Rapids’ Czech Village and will earn the sponsorship of the Linn County Blues Society for future auditions. Czech Village Blues will be a one-day blues music festival to raise funds to rebuild the Roundhouse in Czech Village. The show is a joint production of Friends of Czech Village and the Linn County Blues Society.

For more information about the auditions contact John Heim at bigmo@kcck.org.




Friends of Czech Village is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for and reconstructing the Riverside Roundhouse building in the Czech Village neighborhood. Once rebuilt, this high-quality facility will be a venue for farmers’ markets, recreational activities, festivals, social occasions, and more. For additional information, please visit: CzechVillageFriends.org.


Linn County Blues Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and perpetuation of Blues music in Eastern Iowa, as well as to provide charitable contributions to other community organizations including For more information, please visit LCBS.org.