Saturday, January 25, 2014

SEMI-FINAL RESULTS for 30th IBC - Florida Advances Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon Duo to Finals!

Florida Blues Societies fielded the most representatives to the IBC for this year's competition than any other state in the nation or country in the world other the U.S. Thirteen representatives competed (one Youth-Showcase, five solo/dou acts and seven bands), of which three solo/duo acts and three bands advanced to the semi-final round.

The 30th IBC semi-final competition was held Friday, January 24, 2014. Competitors representing Florida that advanced through the local competitions and the quarter-finals into the semi-finals were:

Joel Da Silva and the Midnight HowlOrange Blossom Blues Society
Pitbull of Blues Band - Southwest Florida Blues Society
David Shelley & Bluestone - South Florida Blues Society
The Delta Swamp Rats (solo/duo) - Suncoast Blues Society
Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon (solo/duo) - South Florida Blues Society
Big Jim Adam (solo/duo) - Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast

The finalists of the 2014 International Blues Challange are:

The finalists are: 
1. Wet Willie's - Band Bad Brad & Fat Cats Colorado Blues Society 
2. Silky O'Sullivans - Solo/Duo Arthur Migliazza South Sound Blues Association 
3. Flynn's - Band Ben Rice and iLLamatics Cascade Blues Association 
4. Kings Palace - Solo/Duo Erik Ray Granite State Blues Society 
5.Club 152 - Band Billy the Kid & Regulators Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania 
6. 12 Bar - Solo/Duo Lucious Spiller Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc. 
7. New Daisy - Band Brad Absher & Swamp Royale Houston Blues Society 
8. Blues Hall - Solo/Duo Matt Tedder Nashville Blues Society 
9. Hard Rock Cafe - Band Brat Pack Philippine Blues Society 
10. Kings Palace - Solo/Duo Nico Wayne Toussaint & Michel Foizon South Florida Blues Society 
11. Alfreds - Band DieDra & Ruff Pro Band Magic City Blues Society 
12. 12 Bar - Solo/Duo Suitcase Brothers Piedmont Blues Preservation Society 
13. BB Kings - Band Ghost Town Blues Band Memphis Blues Society 
14. Silky O'Sullivans - Solo/Duo Tim Williams Calgary Blues Music Association 
15. Blues City CafĂ© - Band Katy Guillen & Girls Kansas City Blues Society 
16. Blues Hall - Solo/Duo Wendy DeWitt w/ Kirk Harwood The Golden Gate Blues Society 
17. Rum Boogie Cafe - Band Mr. Sipp Vicksburg Blues Society

IBC Finals 
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Orpheum Theatre
The order of finalists will be alphabetical by first name, including the word “The”. 
Acts will alternate between Band and Solo/Duo.
First show: Noon.
Last show: 8pm.

Details on all Florida competitions/competitors HERE.
Details on all Florida 2014 IBC quarter-final competitors HERE.
Details on all 2014 IBC quarter-final competitors HERE.

Florida's blues history 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)

Jazz Blues Florida encourages all listeners and players with a blues interest to check out their local blues society and get involved. A complete list of Florida blues societies can be found on our main web site's LINKS page at . 

Membership information for the Blues Foundation, the organizer of the International Blues Challenge and host/presentor of the Blues Music Awards can be found at:

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