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Bob Pace ~ Guitarist/Singer


Guitarist Bob Pace has entertained Midwest audiences for more than 40 years. He proudly led the Tuesday night house band at the legendary Blues on Grand for almost 20 years. He’s a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame and the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge solo/duo competition with IBHOF member Steve E. George.


A talented composer, Bob has penned countless tunes and has released “Bare Bones” and “Bob Pace Live at Blues on Grand” featuring 8 originals including the soulful “Gospel Blues.” His mother influenced him with the Gospel and Blues of Mahalia Jackson and Billie Holiday, while his Dad opened the gate to the country music landscape of Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. It came together as he immersed himself in his early guitar heroes – all the Kings, Roy Buchanan, Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.



String Prophets!

Kathryn Severing Fox ~ Fiddle


Kathryn Severing Fox received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in viola performance from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, where she was a student of Ms. Pamela McConnell. She remained at the University of Miami for her Masters of Music degree in viola performance, graduating May of 2015. 

In 2013, Kathryn had the opportunity to record with George Benson on his album, “A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” She also had the privilege of performing in PBS specials with Gloria Estefan, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, and more. Some of Kathryn’s other exciting performance opportunities were playing in backup orchestras for The Beach Boys, Take 6, Kenny Loggins, The Osmond Brothers, Lou Gramm, Gloria Gaynor, Pharrell Williams, Michael Feinstein, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Dave Grusin, Monica Mancini, Marc O’Connor, Denyce Graves, Kevin Spacey, Shelly Berg, and Kate Reid.

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