Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Florida Blues Societies' Representatives to the 2014 International Blues Challenge. (Updated 1/13/14!)

These winners of Florida's regional competitions will compete in Memphis, TN at the 30th Annuual International Blues Challenge (IBC) January 21 through 25, 2014:

The IBC will begin Tuesday Night (Jan 21). Quarter finals will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday night (January 22-23). Semi Finals will be held Friday night (Jan 24). Saturday (Jan 25) IBC will conclude with Finals in the Orpheum Theater.


Aug 24, 2013: Blues Society of Northwest Florida hosted competition in Pensacola, Florida
WINNER - Solo/duo category: Dave Duncan and Stan Street (but disqualified due to being previous BMA winner.) 2nd place winner to compete in Memphis: Michael McCarthy
WINNER - Band category: Fatty Waters
   John Hart-Guitar and Vocal

   Tyler Mac-Guitar and Vocal

   Sean Peterson-Bass

   Justin Headley-Drums

Betsy Badwater (solo)
Brooks Hubbert (solo)
Dave Duncan and Stan Street (duo)
Jeff Glickman (solo)
Michael McCart: hy, & True Blue (duo)
Blues Injectors Band
Bluze Nuze Band
Cat Daddy
Cat Roads & The Truth
Dizzy Juke Band
Fatty Waters
Johnny No
Nick and the Ovorols
Mama Lucky
Wild Fruit

Sept 7, 2013: Orange Blosson Blues Society (Central Florida) hosted competition in Orlando, Florida. Judges were: Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, Ed Krout, Jackie Jones, Richard Boogart, and Bobby Hall.

WINNER - Band category: Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl
People's Choice: Paul Stott Band
Competing Bands:
Paul Stott Band
Smokin' Torpedoes
Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl
Blacktop Blues Band
Pit Bull of Blues Band
Daniel Heitz Band

Sept 15, 2013: Southwest Florida Blues Society hosted competition in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Event photos courtesy of Adrian Stanley-Pfeffer, can be seen at:
WINNER - Band category: Pitbull of Blues Band 
People's Choice: Marty Stokes Band
Kim Page Blues Band 
Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers 
Pitbull of Blues Band 
Frank Greathouse 
Marty Stokes Band 
Rex Bongo and the Sophisticated Hippies 
Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys 

Sept 15, 2013: North Central Florida Blues Society hosted competition in Gainesville, Florida.  Click here for COMPETITION PHOTOS.
WINNER - Solo/duo category: Willie Green
WINNER - Band category: The R. Mutt Blues Band
WINNER - Best Self-produced CD: The Bridget Kelly Band
Solo Acts
Willie Green
Bootleg Creek
The Bridget Kelly Band
Ole Skool
The R. Mutt Blues Band

Sept 22, 2013: South Florida Blues Society hosted band competition in West Palm Beach, Florida.
WINNER - Band category: David Shelley & Bluestone
Quasi Blue
LowDown 13
Kat Riggins Band
The Living Daylights
Nicole Hart Band
Marty Stokes Band
David Shelley & Bluestone

Sept 22, 2013:  Sun Coast Blues Society hosted Solo/Duo competition at Ace's in Bradenton, Florida
WINNER - Solo/duo category: The Delta Swamp Rats - Steve Arvey & Anthony "Tony" Smith
Lee Pons
The Delta Swamp Rats - Steve Arvey & Anthony "Tony" Smith
Cannon Quinn
Franc Robert
Sandy Atkinson

Sept 29, 2013: South Florida Blues Society hosted the solo/duo competition in Lauderhill, Florida 
WINNER - Solo/duo category: Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon
Amy Arlo & Big Al
Blues Dragon Duo
Graham Wood Drout & Mitch Mestel
Joel Zoss
Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon
Piano Bob & Nick Trill
Sista Marybeth & Tommy Benson

Oct 2, 2013: Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast hosted the competition in Stuart, Florida
WINNER - Solo/duo category: Big Jim Adam
WINNER - Band category: Rockin’ Jake Band
WINNER - Youth category: Katie Schanze
Katie Schanze (youth showcase)
Big Jim Adam (solo)
Mark Telesca and Allen Gibbs(duo)
Joel Zoss (solo)
Rockin’ Jake Band
LowDown 13

Oct 6, 2013: Sun Coast Blues Society hosted the band competition at Green Iquana Riverview.
WINNER - Band category: Lauren Mitchell Band
Marty Stokes Band
Mike Imbasciani & His Bluez Rockerz
Brian Leneschmidt Band
Betty Fox Band
Billy Seward & Greg Poulos
Lauren Mitchell Band
Joel Tatangelo Band
Kim Reteguiz Band
Woody and the WoodTones
Mike Quick Band 
Kettle of Fish

2012 Florida Regional IBC Competition results can be seen HERE .

Florida's blues history with the IBC includes:

  • Roach Thompson Blues Band: 1991-92 W.C. Handy Award Winner-Recipient of the B.B. King Lucille Award for Best Unsigned Blues Band in the U.S.A.
  • Piano Bob (Wilder) & The Snowman: 1992-93 W.C. Handy Award Winner-Recipient of the B.B. King Lucille Award for Best Unsigned Blues Band in the U.S.A.
  • Joey Gilmore: 2006 winner of the International Blues Challenge.
  • JP Soars and the Red Hots: 2009 International Blues Challenge winners.
  • Selwyn Birchwood: 2013 International Blues Challenge winners.
  • Ben Prestage: Three consecutive years took he 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place in the solo/duo category (need dates on this, please)
Watch this blog entry for updates and information on competitions, competitors and winners.

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  1. Thanks for this, Charlie! Your "one stop shop" for Florida IBC musicians! Terri Robbins

  2. Thank you Florida for embracing Big Jim Adam in your state. Our loss here in Colorado. Watch out when Jim takes the stage as he is an amazing singer and guitarist!!

  3. As usual, Jazz~Blues Florida has it's finger on the pulse. Thanks Charlie!

  4. Thanks charlie for keeping up with all the music

  5. thank you..this is great!!

  6. Watching closely from South Australia as Josh Pitbull of Blues Rowand takes the Aluminium 57 Chevy Pitbull Ali Kat Guitar for a burn up.. wish i could be there guys ;-(

  7. From South Australia...Very excited for Josh the Pitbull of Blues Rowand..taking his custom made Ali Kat 57 Chevy guitar for a spin... wish i could be there..

  8. Watching closely from South Australia as Josh Pitbull of Blues Rowand takes the Aluminium 57 Chevy Pitbull Ali Kat Guitar for a burn up.. wish i could be there guys ;-(