"Memphis Bound" Blues Challenge
Information packages and applications available NOW
Entries open Aug 19
Deadline 8:00pm Sept 9, 2015
Open to blues acts residing in Northern Alberta (Red Deer, north)
MBBC dates in Edmonton:
Sept 22, 23, 29, 30 - Qualifying Rounds
Oct 4 - Semi Finals
Oct 18 - Finals at Old Timer's Cabin
Categories: Solo/Duo ~ Band
Best Self-Produced Blues CD: for independently recorded/produced Blues CDs released Nov 1, 2014 - Oct 1, 2015. Submission deadline is Oct 1, 2015.
Winning Solo/Duo and Band advance to the 32nd International Blues Challenge held in downtown Memphis, Tennessee in Beale Street Historic District and must be able to travel freely to USA January 26 - 30, 2016
More details at info@EdmontonBluesSociety.net
EBS uses the same criteria and scoring system as Memphis. Details here
Follow the excitement from Beale Street at the
31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN January 20 - 24, 2015
All the best to
Two Blue and Dylan Farrell Band
Do us proud!
UPDATE Jan 23.
Semi Finals are tonight on Beale Street.
Two Blue has advanced to the Semis!
Congratulations to the 8 Canadians in total, 5 Solo/Duos and 3 Bands!
Solo/Duos - Two Blue, John Campbelljohn, Vaudevillian, Tim Williams, Dalannah & Owen
Bands - Bill Stevenson Nine Steps, Michael Schatte, Rae Gordon
Complete list of Semi Finalists here
Complete Semi Final schedule here
Advancing to the 31st International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN:
- Two Blue (Robert Walsh & Karimah), Solo/Duo category
- Dylan Farrell Band, Band category
- Street Corner History by Dan Sinasac, BSPCD
Congratulations to all the Finalists and Youth Showcase acts for a great day of blues music!
Huge "Thank-you" to all the volunteers, adjudicators, Emcee, sound tech and audience for making this event successful.
Help us defray travel costs for our 2014 Champs!
November 15 - MBBC Fundraiser
Double-bill with 2013 MBBC Champs
Boogie Patrol and Jenie Thai
Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road, Edmonton
Doors - 7:30pm Music - 8:00pm
$20 at the door
Arrive early for best seats!
Band AND Solo/Duo Finals
Sunday October 19 at Old Timer's Cabin
Cover $15 2 Bands & 4 Solo/Duos
ALL AGES. Special prices for minors.
Doors open at Noon
Competition starts 1:00pm.
Arrive early for best seats.
Smokehouse BBQ food truck on-site
Playing order for October 19:
Bucket (Sherwood Park)
Static Shift, (Calgary) and winners 2014 Youth Competition, Beaumont Roots & Blues Festival
Memphis Bound Finalists
Andrew Scott & Celeigh Cardinal
Blind Dog Blues Band
Dylan Farrell Band
Thank-you to ALL the musicians who provided a day of varied and great blues on September 28 at Big Al's House of Blues:
Marv Gemmell, Glenn Gray & the Blues Cowboys, Andrew Scott & Celeigh Cardinal, Kevin Kulchitsky, Old Jack Tap, Charlie Jacobson, Two Blue, Blind Dog Blues Band, Graham Guest, Dylan Farrell Band.
Solo/Duo Quarter Finals #2 done.
Advancing to the next level on Sept 28 at Big Al's are:
- Marv Gemmell
- Charlie Jacobson
- Kevin Kulchitsky
- Andrew Scott & Celeigh Cardinal
- Graham Guest
- Two Blue (Robert Walsh & Karimah)
Best Self-Produced CD entrants
Blue Moon Marquee - Lonesome Ghosts
Dan Sinasac - Street Corner History
Dr Blu - Dirty Lens
Rita McDade - Train Home
Van Funk - 13
Video about EBS and Memphis Bound Blues Challenge
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:
Blind Dog Blues Band, Dylan Farrell Band, Glenn Gray & the Blues Cowboys, Old Jack Tap
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:
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
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
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
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
3:50pm 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
3:00pm Breezy Brian & Moses GregTop 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
Charlie Jacobson, from Red Deer
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.
1:40pm 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
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
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!
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.
Finals schedule for October 21, competition starts 1:00pm
Breezy Brian Gregg, Jenie Thai, Graham Guest
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
Hannah & Hannah
Breezy Brian Gregg
October 4 - Uncle Glenn's Eatery 7666 - 156 Street
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:00pm $5 at the door
Boyd & KPOD
Quarter Finals - Band category
October 10 - Newcastle Pub 6108 - 90 Avenue
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:30pm $5 at the door
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
Great North Blues Band
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!
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!
* Link to pictures and "Thank-yous" of The First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Challenge held at The Kooky Canuck
* 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...
Breezy Brian Gregg
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 email@example.com
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:
Please address any questions concerning Memphis Bound Blues Challenge to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalynn 780-717-7604 or Mark 780-467-5446