July events at the Warren Cultural Center

Bar-2-Barbara Bill Riley Talent Show

Friday, July 10th mastThis annual search showcases the diverse abilities of Iowa's young people.  Winner advance to the State Fair Competition.  To register for the Bill Riley Talen Show, contact Diana Fisher at 712-427-0010 or email dfisher@bedford.k12.ia.us. Following the talend show, rythm guitartist Jeff Sullivan will play a solo acoustic show. 

Blackwood Brothers to perform 

The Blackwood Brothers will perform Saturday, July 11th at 7 p.m. Also appearing is Grace Alone.  Tickets are $10 and available at Ed & Eva's, Long's Market or call 641-221-0081  

Creative Fun at WCC’s Art Party

You can create your own masterpiece and enjoy an evening with friends at the Warren Cultural Center’s first-ever Art Party.  Under the direction of art teacher Alexa Hoffman, you will paint your own version of “The Starry Night,” while you enjoy beverages, snacks and conversation. The party will be Thursday, July 23. Advance registration is required and seating is limited, so stop by Ed & Eva’s store, on the square in Greenfield, call 641-743-2566, or go to the website www.warrenculturalcenter.com. Cost is $35 per person and includes all materials (drinks and snacks not included).

Alexa Hoffmann started her art career at Iowa State University, obtaining a B.F.A in 2001. In 2002 she added a bachelor’s degree in art education and has worked as the K-12 art teacher at Orient-Macksburg for the past 11 years. In her free time, when she can find some away from her three children, she enjoys drawing and painting.  “Creating art is a lifelong learning process that never gets old,” she says. 

“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh is one of the most recognized artworks in the world. The oil on canvas is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The WCC class is made possible in part by a grant from the T.N. Howe Fund / Greater Greenfield Community Foundation.

Bob Dorr & The Blue Band to perform

Some of the best original rock and blues Iowa has to offer is coming to Greenfield’s Warren Cultural Center on Saturday, July 25, when Bob Dorr and the Blue Band hit town. Inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame twice over, Bob and the band have been rollin’ the good times for 35 years.

The WCC’s Norman Lear Theater will be set up club style with a dance floor for the evening, starting at 7 pm. Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks will be available. Tickets are just $15 per person, available in advance at Ed & Eva’s art store, on the Greenfield square, call 641-743-2566, or at www.warrenculturalcenter.com.

Hotel Greenfield, located right next door to the Center, is offering a discount on rooms for that night - $15 off with purchase of a show ticket. Call 641-221-0034 or go to www.hotel-greenfield.com for info or reservations.

The Blue Band was inducted into the IRRMA Hall of Fame in 2007. Front man Bob Dorr, on vocals and harmonica, was inducted solo in 2000, recognizing his long career in radio broadcasting. He continues that calling as the host of Iowa Public Radio’s Backtracks, Blue Avenue and Beatle’s Medley programs.

In the band’s 35-year history, the group has averaged playing 125 dates a year, traveling from its base in Cedar Falls, playing the majority of those dates in Iowa but also making appearances in Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, and Chicago. The band was also invited to the international Bluestock Celebration in Memphis, where they appeared at B.B. King's nightclub on Beale St.

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, Maria Muldaur, Asleep At The Wheel and many others. Career highlights include a 30-year run (and counting) at the Iowa State Fair, five appearances at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and two appearances at the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival.

There have been over 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 TV released a two-DVD set spanning the group's history and including footage from 12 different years.

The Blue Band’s appearance in Greenfield is supported in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

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