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July 15, 2014

The Blue Band headlines Live After Five

OTTUMWA — Variety is the name of that tune in Central Park from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday for the second in a series of South Ottumwa Savings Bank’s Live After Five this season.

Bob Dorr & The Blue Band are celebrating their 33rd anniversary in 2014. Beginning June 10, 1981, the band has averaged playing around 100 dates a year for its 30-year existence, resulting in a multi generational, dedicated fan base and making them one of Iowa’s most revered, storied and requested bands.

The Blue Band is a group whose sound can only be described as the blues/soul/rockabilly/reggae/creole/rhythm band. The band can play nearly three hours of original music or another three hours of popular covers, done in Blue Band fashion. They have a long tradition of performing at the Iowa State Fair and will be there again this year at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Aug. 16, performing on the Fairview stage.

The Blue Band has opened shows for B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues, Tower Of Power, Leon Russell, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Asleep At The Wheel and many others. Career highlights include a 25-year run at the Iowa State Fair, five appearances at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and two appearances at the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival. The Blue Band has also appeared on the internationally distributed Beale St. Caravan radio show, produced by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

There have been more than 25 Blue Band album releases, including five vinyl records. The band was one of the first Iowa groups to have music released on CD in 1987. In 2006, to celebrate the Blue Band's 25th anniversary, Iowa Public Television released a two-DVD set spanning the group's history and including footage from 12 different years. The 25th anniversary concert has been broadcast across Iowa on IPTV numerous times.

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