Presents: Curry & Matt Woods

Curry & Matt Woods

A little bit about Curry Harter....
Curry Harter, a West Coast showman who grew up in Iowa and whose heart has always been in the Midwest, has been entertaining for 4 decades. Curry’s harmonica and vocals are as distinctive and unique as his original songs. Master of the classic blues idioms from Delta acoustic to Chicago amplified blues, his shows are moving…some say inspiring, gutsy, engaging, and at times humorous…they show a depth and breadth rarely seen today. The perfect festival entertainer, Curry has a feel for American Roots that few can claim. Before the age of 25, Curry had already toured 45 states and the major cities of Canada. For the past 30 years, Curry has enlivened contemporary audiences with his interpretation of the blues. Having worked on multiple album projects for others and creating 4 of his own, Curry is now working on his distinctive conception “Midwest Blues.” Curry’s musical prowess includes the Los Angeles Music Awards, B. B. King’s House of Blues, The Mint(opening for Marcia ball), Save Me Concert in the Philippines, Green Fest, Pride Fest, Orange Fest and many others on the West Coast.

In Des Moines since 2007 Curry has played with some of the finest in Central Iowa: Bob Pace, Rob Lumbard, Lightning Red...and now the award winning Matt Woods. In 2008 the producers of the film "Ecoheartland" contacted Curry to do the soundtrack for their documentary about what Iowa and other midwestern states are doing for and with the environment. See/hear the Trailer at In June of this year Curry was asked to be the harmonica instructor for Rieman Music in Urbandale. He's available to schools for group lessons and has been asked to conduct workshops for the Iowa Lung Association. Curry plays frequently at Tally's (most recently the Beaverdale fall Festival) and also The Q Restaurant and Bar in WDM. He's also played the Memorial Day Music & Wine Festival, WineJam 2010, Summerset Winery, El Bait Shop, Java Joe's 4th Street Theatre (concert), Royal Mile, Maingate, Hull Ave, and many others. Tina Haase Findlay & Bella Soul, VooDoo3, and other bands often ask him to sit in to add his distinctive sound.

A little bit about Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts....
Since their formation in 2005, singer-guitarist Matt Woods, bassist Scott Cochran and drummer Michael Swanger have carved a niche for themselves as uncompromising purveyors of traditional blues. Winners of the 2006 and 2007 Iowa Blues Challenge and semi-finalists in the 2007 and 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts have graced the biggest blues stages in their native Iowa (Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Living History Blues Fest, KUNI Blues Blowout, Bowlful of Blues, Bluesmore, Blues Under The Trees, Simply the Blues, Nitefall on the River, Val Air Ballroom). They have also played some of its most heralded clubs, including the legendary Blues on Grand, where they were the house band for nearly four years, as well as The Maintenance Shop and The Redstone Room.

Over the years, they have shared stages with Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Louisiana Red, Eddy Clearwater, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, John Primer, Delbert McClinton and the Arc Angels. In August 2010, the band became the first Iowa act in several years to play the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, opening for Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon before a crowd of approximately 10,000 people.

Now in their fifth year, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts continue to prove themselves to be one of the hardest working, well-traveled bands in Des Moines, having packed venues from Beale Street to Main Street with their feel-good, party music. “People have been partying to this kind of music for 150 years,” says Woods. “We try to keep that vibe and make sure everybody has a good time.”

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