Book the Band

To contact Bob for bookings:
(319) 277-4007
P.O. Box 14, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-0010

Thanks for your interest in having The Blue Band play at your event! We are a 100% self produced, self managed group. We have often worked thru agents and brokers but have no exclusive ties with any agency at this time. If you want us, you've come to the right spot!

Of all the jobs that I do for The Blue Band, booking the group seems to be the most difficult and my least favorite. Pricing the jobs often is the toughest part. Many of us derive our biggest portion of yearly income from playing in the band. This isn't a hobby. It's our livelihood. We have members of the band from Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown and Des Moines. There are always road expenses involved no matter where we play. All of the players in the group are among the state of Iowa's premiere players at the instrument they play. Many of them are inducted members of various regional music halls of fame.

OK, so all you really wanted to know by stopping by this page is: are we available for the date you have in mind and how much does it cost. We do a really good job of keeping our web tour calendar as up to date as possible, so you can find out the availability on the tour schedule page of this website. Most nightclub dates are "moveable" if your party HAS to be on one of those dates. Price is a little trickier. We can do a 6-8 piece version of the group (we prefer 6). We can supply all necessary sound and lights (Pro Bose sound system) and a technician to run it for a crowd of up to 3000. We normally think in terms of supplying 150 minutes of music (either three 50-minute shows or two 75-minute shows) within a three to three and a half hour time span.

We are available to play 50 Saturdays a year. Saturdays are in the greatest demand and consequently are the most expensive. Fridays and Sundays are the next most expensive. We are available seven days a week. Mid-week days are the least expensive. Generally, holidays are a little more expensive. New Year's Eve is the most expensive night of the year and is usually booked 8-10 months ahead of time. We currently maintain a direct mail list of over 4000 names. These addresses can be called by zip code if you are interested in promoting your date to specific audiences. We currently maintain an email list of around 500 names that get an email message from us every week in order to help promote our appearances. Bob Dorr and The Blue Band has nearly 2000 Facebook followers.

So, I still see you wondering: How much does it cost???? Truth is, it's all negotiable. We generally start at a figure of $1500 and go up or down from there. Negotiable points are: the number of players you want to do the job; will you supply the sound system or will we; will you feed us; can you supply motel rooms; the amount of travel involved (the equipment truck gets 8.5 MPG); how long do you want us to play; have you been coming out 5 times a year for 10 years (we love to play private parties of long time supporters of the band and consequently adjust the price to make that happen!); will we play later than midnight (early nights are less expensive than playing til 2am!); will it be in a smoky bar (smoke free is less expensive than smoke friendly, but we play both types of events). I'm sure you can think of many other reasons why we should play your event for less money! I know I can come up with a few reasons why we ought to get more money! Call or email me and let's try to work something out!

For those on a more limited budget, Jeff Petersen and I (the two original Blue Band guys) do a duo (The Blue 2) in the range of $300-500. That duo was part of Iowa Public Television's ten year remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy. Jeff and I have recently teamed up with the two original members of Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame band The Mississippi Band (Dave Hummel and Cricket Davis) for a cool quartet (I'm the drummer in that band!) called BlueMississippi. Catch some performance videos and get more booking info on the BlueMississippi Facebook page. More information at

Over the 30+ year history of The Blue Band, there have been many rumors of our breakup. Jeff and I have decided to keep it going as long as it's fun. We're currently having as much fun as we've ever had. Most importantly to you, we will play all the dates you book as long as we can physically do them. It's too late to stop now and we're looking forward to being part of your celebration some day soon. Blue On You!
Bob Dorr

Oh, and one more thing! We have done many, many, many fundraisers over the years, but seldom a benefit. At fundraisers, we are paid a fee, benefits are done gratis. We do not do political events for free. Any appearance at political rallys/fundraisers are done for a negotiated fee. (we've done appearances at political functions for everyone from Steve Forbes to Al Gore to Jim Nussle). Individually everyone in the band has their opinions, but we do not collectively endorse candidates.

See a video of The Blue Band.

Over the years, The Blue Band has played in all of the following places. Feel free to contact any of them for recommendations:

Animal Life Fundraiser-Des Moines IA
Baxter Fun Days-Baxter, IA
Beaverdale Fest-Des Moines, IA
Bottoms Up Blues Bash Colon Cancer Awareness Fundraiser-Des Moines, IA
Campbell/Steele Gallery Music In The Mud Series-Marion IA
Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce Wing Ding-Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Falls JayCees Live To 9 Party-Cedar Falls IA
Cedar Rapids Freedom Fest-Cedar Rapids, IA
Clear Lake 4th of July Celebration-Clear Lake IA
Crossroads Shopping Center Live Music Series-Waterloo IA
Dubuque Arts Council Summer Arboretum Series-Dubuque, IA
Famous Dave's-Minneapolis, MN
FB & Co-Waubeek, IA
Fridayloo-Waterloo, IA
Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center-Cedar Falls, IA
Grinnell Area Arts Fundraiser-Grinnell, IA
Grinnell Sesquicentennial/Independence Day Celebration-Grinnell, IA
Hearst Center/Cedar Trails Festival Night Ride Kickoff-Cedar Falls, IA
Historic Valley Junction Up In Smoke BBQ Competition-West Des Moines, IA
Hotel Fort Des Moines New Year's Bash-Des Moines, IA
Indie Brew-B-Q Celebration-Independence IA
Iowa Arts Festival-Iowa City, IA
Iowa Community Action Conference-Des Moines IA
The Iowa Gala/Iowa Arts Fundraiser-Des Moines IA
Iowa Public Policy Celebrate Voting-Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Association of Counties Convention-Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Fair-Des Moines, IA
IPTV Living in Iowa Blues Music Special
Jake's Game Room-Marshalltown IA
KUNI Blues Blowout-Waterloo, IA
LaPorte City Lions Club Festival of Trails-LaPorte City IA
Linn Co. Blues Society Bluesmore-Cedar Rapids, IA
Marion by Moonlight-Marion, IA
Mason City Globe Gazette North Iowa Up In Smoke BBQ Bash-Mason City, IA
Midwest Basements Christmas Party-Des Moines IA
Mississippi Moon Bar-Dubuque IA
My Waterloo Days-People In The Park-Waterloo, IA
New Bo Fest-Cedar Rapids IA
Osceola 4th of July Celebration-Osceloa IA
Old Settlers Days-Corydon, IA
Ottumwa Savings Bank "Live After Five"-Ottumwa, IA
Park Farm Winery Grape Stomp-Bankston IA
Parlor City Grill-Cedar Rapids IA
Prairie Meadows Casino-Altoona, IA
REMAX Weekend at the Park-Okoboji, IA
River Music Experience-Davenport, IA
Riverside Casino-Riverside IA
Rock Island Brewing Company-Rock Island, IL
Snake River Saloon-Keystone, CO
South Skunk Bowlful of Blues Celebration-Newton, IA
Spirit of Dubuque Riverboat Ride-Dubuque IA
Stone Cliff Winery Blues In The Vines Celebration-Durango, IA
Sturgis Falls Days-Cedar Falls, IA
Sundown Lounge-Williamsburg, IA
Surf Ballroom-Clear Lake, IA
Tabor Family Winery Anniversary Party-Baldwin, IA
The Mill-Iowa City, IA
Thursdays In The Park-Grinnell, IA
Uptown Getdown-Marion IA
Waterloo Bar-B-Q-loo Celebration-Waterloo IA
Waterloo Center For The Arts Riverloop Concert Series-Waterloo IA
Wayne McCracken Memorial Concert Series-Des Moines IA
Waterloo Jaycees Fireworks Festival-Waterloo, IA
Wells Fargo Street Festival-Davenport, IA
Ziggies-Denver, CO