"Memphis Bound" Blues Challenge

Solo/Duo Quarter Finals #2 
Sunday Sept 21 at Big Al's House of Blues
Cover $10 for 5 acts
Competition starts 1:00pm.
Arrive early for best seats and good eats
Playing order here


Solo/Duo Quarter Finals #1 done.
Advancing to the next level on Sept 28 at Big Al's are:

- Andrew Scott & Celeigh Cardinal
- Graham Guest
- Two Blue (Robert Walsh & Karimah)

September 28 Semi Finals
Venue changed to: Big Al's House of Blues

4th Memphis Bound Blues Challenge

Entries now CLOSED.
4 Bands and 11 Solo/duo acts have entered this year.

Thank-you to every musician who entered!
One act per category will be representing Northern Alberta at 31st International Blues Challenge!

Solo/Duo Quarter Finals
September 14 and September 21 at Big Al's House of Blues

2 page playing order here  All times are approximate. Hear all the acts, arrive early!

Contestants, in alpha order by category, are:
Bands
Blind Dog Blues Band, Dylan Farrell Band, Glenn Gray & the Blues Cowboys, Old Jack Tap
Solo/Duos
80's Dad & the Light'ning Child, Andrew Scott/Celeigh Cardinal, Breezy Brian Gregg, Charlie Jacobson, Graham Guest, Kevin Kulchitsky, Marv Gemmell, Shiv Shanks, Son of Trouble (Ben Sures), Two Blue, Van Funk

Still open: Submissions for BSPCD
Best Self-Produced Blues CD information
Only Cds released November 1, 2013 - October 15, 2014 may be submitted.
Deadline for this category is 8:00pm sharp October 15, 2014.



2014 MBBC dates                
August 14 - Entries accepted for 4th Annual Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
September 3 - 8:00pm SHARP! DEADLINE to enter this year's blues challenge
 
September 14 - Qualifying Rounds Solo/Duo, Big Al's House of Blues
September 21 - Qualifying Rounds Solo/Duo, Big Al's House of Blues
September 28 - Semi Finals, Solo/Duo category; Qualifiers, Bands, Blues on Whyte
October 19 - Final Rounds, both categories, Old Timer's Cabin - ALL ages
 
EBS uses same criteria, scoring system and guidelines as the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Info here 
 

2013 Memphis Bound Blues Challenge

Congratulations to the 30th International Blues Challenge Winners!
Two Canadians receive 3 awards in Memphis!

Memphis, TN (January 25, 2014) - The 30th International Blues Challenge (IBC)--the world's largest gathering of blues acts—concluded its five-day run on world famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis with a full day of performances before a full house at the Orpheum Theatre. Narrowed from a record 255 acts from 40 states and 16 countries (and four continents), the 8 solo/ duo and 9 band finalists vied for the
 top prizes before an esteemed panel of judge . Here are the results:
Band
1st Place: Mr. Sipp - Vicksburg Blues Society 
2nd Place: Ghost Town Blues Band - Memphis Blues Society
3rd Place: Billy the Kid & Regulators - Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania

Gibson Guitarist (top guitarist among band finalists): Mr. Sipp Vicksburg Blues Society

Solo/Duo

1st Place: Tim Williams - Calgary Blues Music Association
2nd Place: Lucious Spiller - Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc. 

St. Blues Guitarist (top guitarist among solo/duo finalists): Tim Williams - Calgary Blues Music Association

Lee Oskar Harmonica Player (top harmonica player among semi-finalists): Jerome Godboo (Toronto Blues Society)

Best Self-Produced CD: Account to Me - Hank Mowery (West Michigan Blues Society)


CKUA Blog about 30th IBC

Edmonton Blues Society sends a huge "Thank-you" to ALL Memphis Bound entrants, judges, volunteers, venues, sponsors and blues fans.
Congratulations to everyone who entered and all our representatives!

January 24, 2014
Advancing to the Semi Final Rounds in Memphis TN are
Jenie Thai - Solo/Duo
Boogie Patrol - Band 

 

Stay informed of results here, EBS Facebook page, the Blues Foundation and MusicOnTheCouch

January 18, 2014 view the Global TV Interview
January 18 - 8:00pm Newcastle Pub 8170 - 50 Street Edmonton
Memphis Send Off for Boogie Patrol and Jenie Thai
Their final performance and fundraiser before competing at International Blues Challenge in Memphis starting January 21, 2014. Come out and wish them the best!

Going to Memphis in January 2014 are:
Solo - Jenie Thai
Band - Boogie Patrol
Best Self Produced CD - Baptized by the Mud by Kat Danser advanced in Memphis to Round #2

It was a tight race and the adjudicators had their work cut out for them.
We sincerely thank them for donating their time and expertise.
HUGE thank-you to all the volunteers, adjudicators, sponsors, sound techs, fans,
showcase songwriters and especially all the contestants for a fabulous series of 
good blues! 

Fall 2013 Dates and venues
October 27 - Finals, both categories, at Old TImer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road
All ages. Cover charge at the door $15/person; $5/child

Doors at 1:00pm; Music at 2:00pm
First come, first get in so arrive early.
Announcements, award presentations and pictures 6:50-7:00pm
Top scoring act from each category will be "Memphis Bound" 

Best Self Produced Blues CD announced around 4:30pm
Nominees are:
Ben Sures Son of Trouble; Marshall Lawrence House Call; Natalie B Slipping Away;
Kat Danser Baptized by the Mud; Blind Dog Blues Band Burnin' for You
Shiv Shanks Bumblebee Straightjacket; Blues Curry Wake Me Up
Winning CD will advance to the International level in Memphis TN.

Approximate playing time for Solo/Duo and Band acts. Times subject to change
2:00pm Youth Showcase
2:30pm Shiv Shanks
3:10pm M64
3:50pm Charlie Jacobson
4:30pm Best Self Produced CD announced 
5:00pm Boogie Patrol
5:40pm Graham Guest & the Executives
6:20pm Jenie Thai
6:50-7:00pm Announcements, award presentations and pictures

October 20 - Semi Finals (Bands AND Solo/Duos) at Blues on Whyte
Doors at Noon, Competition 1:00pm 
Approximate playing time listed. Times subject to change.

1:00pm Ashley Barlow
1:30pm Overdue Blues Band
2:00pm Shiv Shanks
2:30pm M64
3:00pm Breezy Brian & Moses Greg
3:50pm Ocean Blue Trio
4:20pm Jenie Thai
4:50pm Graham Guest & the Executives
5:20pm Charlie Jacobson
5:50pm Boogie Patrol
6:20-6:30pm Announcements & closing remarks
Top 3 scoring acts from each category advance to the Finals. Come find out who!

2013 Contestants: All contestants from Edmonton unless otherwise noted.
Listed in playing order for the First Rounds.
Edmonton Blues Society sends their "Thank-you" to ALL contestants!

Best Self Produced CD
Submissions now closed.
Winner will be announced October 27 at Old TImer's Cabin
during Memphis Bound Blues Challenge Finals. 
Thank-you to everyone who entered!

Solo/Duo category - September 29  Doors at Noon,  Competition 1:00pm
Leigh Friesen
Jenie Thai
Charlie Jacobson, from Red Deer
Sean Stephens
Ashley Barlow
Shiv Shanks, from Red Deer
Breezy Brian & Moses Gregg
Music Worx, from Rocky Mountain House

Band Category - October 6  Doors at Noon,  Competition 1:00pm 
Approximate playing time listed. Times subject to change.
1:00pm   M-64
1:40pm   Boogie Patrol
2:15pm   Downbeat Daddy
2:50pm   Ocean Blue Trio
3:45pm   The Overdue Blues Band, from Red Deer
4:20pm   Graham Guest & The Executives
4:55pm   Banging Out Blue, from Consort, Spruce Grove and Edmonton
5:30pm   Barren Blues Band


Watch for more information or contact ibc@EdmontonBluesSociety.net


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Representing EBS and Northern Alberta at
29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN in early 2013:

Band category - Boogie Patrol
Solo/Duo category - Graham Guest Advanced to Semi Finals held on February 1, 2013 and to Finals February 2, 2013

Boogie Patrol and Graham Guest - you are our stars.
Thank-you for representing us. We are proud of you!

Feb 2, 2013
Advancing to the Finals in Memphis
Graham Guest, Solo/Duo category


Complete Finalist list
at
www.blues.org


Total number of competitors in Memphis: 80 Solo/Duo; 123 Band
Suzie Vinnick (Toronto Blues Society)
is also advancing to the Solo/Duo Finals
No Canadian bands made it out of the Semi Finals.


Congratulations to ALL Canadian blues acts who competed in Memphis.
You did us proud!

October 2012
All 6 final acts did fabulous performances to a packed house.
Northern Alberta blues fans are proud of you and thank-you for the excellent shows!
We are proud of every musician who entered this year!


Great audiences, great blues acts, great volunteers, esteemed judges, great emcees....makes for a vibrant and exciting blues community.
Kudos to everyone!
 
October 2012 competition stats
51 competing musicians in 17 acts representing Northern Alberta played 31 competition
performances over 6 dates in 5 venues before 20 judges, 5 Emcees and 5 sound techs
to a total of over 620 blues fans with 30 volunteers filling over 110 volunteer positions.
Wow!


Finals schedule for October 21, competition starts 1:00pm 
Solo-Duo category:
Breezy Brian Gregg, Jenie Thai, Graham Guest
 
 
Band category:
 
Jimmy & the Sleepers, Boogie Patrol, Overdue Blues Band

Sunday October 21, 2012
Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
$15  All ages event. EBS Members and Guests invited to attend
doors 12:30pm (half past Noon), competition starts 1:00pm

We use the exact same scoring system used by Memphis for
the International Blues Challenge that has been running for almost 30 years.

Scoring system explained here


 

Blues Challenge info
9 Solo/Duo entries and 8 Band entries were received this year!
We will be having Quarter Finals (4 dates in total), Semi Finals and Final rounds throughout October 2012.

Tickets for Oct 21 Final Rounds only. Get yours early!
Available at: Tix on the Square, Myhre's Music, Permanent Records. 
All other dates, pay at the door. 

Quarter Finals - Solo/Duo category
October 3 - The Haven Club 15120 Stony Plain Road
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:00pm
   $5 at the door
"Little Joe" Experience - Youth Showcase
TJ Winter
Jenie Thai
Hannah & Hannah
Breezy Brian Gregg


October 4 - Uncle Glenn's Eatery  7666 - 156 Street
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:00pm   $5 at the door

Van Funk
Glenn Gray
Geri Harris
Boyd & KPOD
Graham Guest

Quarter Finals - Band category
October 10 - Newcastle Pub  6108 - 90 Avenue
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:30pm   $5 at the door 

Long Shadows
The Wiremen
Big Hank & A Fist Full of Blues
Jimmy and the Sleepers

October 11 - Newcastle Pub  6108 - 90 Avenue
doors 6:30pm, competiton 7:30pm   $5 at the door

Overdue Blues Band
Brendan Kelly
Great North Blues Band
Boogie Patrol

Semi Final rounds, both Solo/Duo and Band categories
October 14 - Blues on Whyte. competition 1:00pm start,  $10 at the door
Advancing to the Semi Finals:
Jenie Thai, Breezy Brian Gregg, Graham Guest, Boyd & KPOD
Boogie Patrol, Big Hank & A Fist Full of Blues, Overdue Blues Band, Jimmy & the Sleepers

Final Rounds, both Solo/Duo and Band categories
October 21 - Old Timer's Cabin  9430 Scona Road
doors 12:30pm, competition 1:00pm   $15 advance tickets

Tickets at: Tix on the Square, Permanent Records, Myhre's Music
Advancing to the Final Rounds:
Jenie Thai, Breezy Brian Gregg, Graham Guest
Jimmy & the Sleepeers, Overdue Blues Band, Boogie Patrol, 






The 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN is set for January 29, 2012 to February 2, 2013. www.blues.org

We will be holding our 2nd Annual "Memphis Bound" Blues challenge in OCTOBER 2012 to find our regional representatives. 
Competition dates, venues and schedules listed above. Tickets available soon!
Final Rounds are Sunday afternoon October 21, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin, 9430 Scona Road, Edmonton, AB
Acts winning the Final Rounds WILL represent EBS in Memphis, TN. It could be YOU!

Categories
Solo/Duo - one or two members
Band - three or more members
Vocalists count as a musician.


Breezy Brian Gregg thanks everyone who accepted his challenge!
Breezy Bri Challenge

Breezy Brian Gregg has put out a "challenge" to ALL blues Solo/Duo acts
in Northern Alberta (Red Deer north)
"I am going to enter again and try and win here again.
I am quite sure if I do win here I will again not win in Memphis.
I challenge everyone and anyone to enter and try and beat me."



2011/12 Memphis Bound representatives
Solo/Duo - Breezy Brian Gregg
Band - Jimmy and the Sleepers

Fundraising event: September 22, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin, 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
We are looking for silent auction items.

Please contact
ibc@EdmontonBluesSociety.net to help with this.

Final rounds will be held Sunday October 21, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
We SOLD OUT for the final rounds held November 2011 so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale!

Thank-you for supporting Edmonton Blues Society and helping to keep blues alive in Edmonton!

 

* Grant Stovel's Memphis blog on CKUA 
 
* On Saturday, February 4, 2012 there was a secondary blues challenge called "Top of the Hill" held at The New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. Participants were the favourite band acts as chosen by club owners during the semi-finals not advancing to IBC Finals. The honour of "Top of the Hill" was awarded to The Shaun Booker Band from Columbus, Ohio. 
 
* Only one Canadian act, of the 14 participating at IBC this year, advanced to the Finals: Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers in the Solo/Duo category.
 
* Official results from Memphis (copied from Blues Foundation's website):
 
 
Quickly, to the point, the winner in the Band category is:
The WIRED! Band (Washington Blues Society)

The winner of the Solo/Duo category is:
Ray Bonneville (Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas)
 
The other winners are: 
Band-2nd place: The Bart Walker Band (Nashville Blues Society)
Band-3rd Place: Paula Harris (The Golden Gate Blues Society)
Solo/Duo-2nd Place: Dr. Don's Double Dose (Sydney Blues Society, Australia)
 

The Gibson Guitarist Award went to  Bart Walker and
The Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award went to Randy McQuay
 
The Best Self Produced CD was judged to be: Where I'm Coming From... Dave Keller
 
The Gibson guitar autographed by Blues Music Award nominees was won by Chris Hardwick 


Memphis Bound !!!

Representing Edmonton and the Edmonton Blues Society 
at the
28th International Blues Challenge
held Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2012 in Memphis, TN are:

Breezy Brian Gregg in the Solo/Duo category

Jimmy & the Sleepers in the Band category

Congratulations from the board of the Edmonton Blues Society!

 
Advancing to the inaugural "Memphis Bound" Finals
on Sunday November 13, 2011 at 1:30pm are...


Solo/Duo category
Breezy Brian Gregg
Dan Sinasac

Band category
Boogie Patrol
Jimmy & the Sleepers


Blues fans, mark this date on your calendars!
 
Final Rounds held as follows:
November 13, 2011 doors open at 1:30pm

The Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way
 (102 Street & 86 Ave), Edmonton, AB - open to the public and all ages welcome!


Tickets $10 each available NOW at
Tix on the Square, Sound Connection, Myhre's Music, Fusion Music and ibc@edmontonbluessociety.net 

The top scoring Solo/Duo act and top scoring Band act from November 13, 2011 final rounds will represent Edmonton and the Edmonton Blues Society in the 28th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee January 31 – February 4, 2012 in their respective categories.

Proceeds from Memphis Bound events will be used to defray travel expenses for the acts representing EBS in Memphis.  The Edmonton Blues Society will provide sponsorship of $1000 per musician, to a maximum of $5000 in the band category.  This sponsorship is to offset travel expenses to Memphis in February 2012.

Come out and support the musicians who have entered the inaugural year for EBS' Memphis Bound blues challenge.

Memphis Bound Updates:
"Due to scheduling conflicts, we regretfully have to withdraw from this year's Memphis Bound blues challenge. We wish all solo/duos and bands the best of luck with the November 2011 competition!" ......Big Hank and the Boys


"Due to unpreventable circumstances, I will be competing in all rounds of this year's Solo/Duo category as a Solo artist. My partner wishes all entrants the very best of luck and is planning on competing next year!" ......Dan Sinasac 

Edmonton Blues Society would like to thank all the great local blues musicians who particpated in the qualifying rounds! 

Edmonton's Memphis Bound Blues Challenge date at The Yardbird Suite:
  • Final rounds on Sunday, November 13, 2011  1:30pm.   
At the local competition, entrants will be evaluated by the same criteria and scoring system used in Memphis.  Full details on scoring criteria and official rules are located on the Blues Foundation website http://www.blues.org/ibc/scoring.php

Please address any questions concerning Memphis Bound Blues Challenge to: ibc@edmontonbluessociety.net
Rosalynn 780-717-7604 or Mark 780-467-5446