Sunday, February 6 11:00am Blues Brunch (The Majestic Grille)
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The winner of the solo/duo competition is: Ray Bonneville (Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas) 2nd Place: Dr. Don’s Double Dose (Sydney Blues Society)
And the winner is…The WIRED! Band (Washington Blues Society) Second Place: The Bart Walker Band (Nashville Blues Society) Third Place: Paula Harris (The Golden Gate Blues Society)
What does one do after a night of competition on Beale Street? First, you shake off the “competition” mode that you were in all day. You head out to all of the clubs to find out what is happening or what has happened. You ‘walk the talk’…the blues people are always eager to share what [...]
The semi finals at the 2012 International Blues Challenge had finally ended. The clubs were packed…. the fans and their bands were anxiously awaiting the results. A cry resounded in B.B. King’s around 10:30 pm. The acts that were moving on to the finals were announced. The gasps, the whoops, the cheers, the tears….it was [...]
28th International Blues Challenge Finalists Announced The doors of the Orpheum Theatre open at 1:00pm Saturday, Feburary 4. T the solo/duo finals will begin at 7:30 pm. Eight acts will compete in the solo/duo finals. They are (in performance order): Lucious Spiller (Arkansas River Blues Society) Randy McQuay (Cape Fear Blues Society) D’Mar and Gill (Central [...]
The itinerary for Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the International Blues Challenge offers the final competition and the Keeping the Blues Alive Award Brunch!
After a a sunny afternoon filled with some of the best blues one could find, the fans turned out in the early evening to fill Beale Street. They were in search of their own blues bands from their home town. They were also looking to discover new talent and musical delights. The smiles, the laughing [...]
The International Blues Challenge Semi Finalists for Solo/Duo have been announced!
Congratulations Dave Keller for Best Self Produced CD and Congratulations to Randy McQuay (Cape Fest Blues Society) Best Harp!
As the musicians roll into Memphis, each has their own expectations of what the 2012 International Blues Challenge will offer them. Each will leave with different perceptions and different rewards. As we enter the competition this week, I wanted to talk with past performers who traveled several times to Beale Street and find out their [...]
The events of the Blues Challenge for Friday, February 3, 2012!
Reflection on Memphis…. Much preparation goes into an act getting to Memphis. More work and effort than most will realize. There are challenges within the challenge that each act must face. With that in mind, two past competitors were questioned about their trips to Memphis. Both are exceptionally talented musicians and both are members of [...]
It is a sunny 66 degrees in Memphis and the streets were already filled with music when I hit the walkway at 11 a.m. The fans are basking in the sunshine while walking the few blocks of Beale. Music is oozing into the streets from every venue. Currently, there is a Blind Raccoon Showcase at [...]
Chris Canas International Blues Challenge Band Contestant! Singer, Songwriter, Lead Guitar and Cornet player Chris Canas has a major Musical background. It began as a toddler when his mother took him to his first Jazz and Blues Festival at Hart Plaza in Detroit. Chris wants to help keep the “Blues” alive and kicking in the [...]