Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2016 International Blues Challenge Completed - Results and Summary Posted

2016 International Blues Challenge (IBC) 
Results and Summary:

The following Florida acts advanced from the Quarter-Finals to the Semi-Finals:
McCarthy & Headley - Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Hat and Matching Suitcase - The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand - Southwest Florida Blues Society
Bing Futch Orange - Blossom Blues Society
Bridget Kelly Band - North Central Florida Blues Society
TC Carr & Bolts Of Blue - Suncoast Blues Society
David Smash Band - Orange Blossom Blues Society
J.L. Fulks Band - South Florida Blues Society

The following Florida act advanced from the Semi-Finals to the Finals:
Bing Futch Orange - Blossom Blues Society

The winners are:

1st Place Band: The Delgado Brothers - Ventura County Blues Society
2nd Place Band: The Paul DesLauriers Band - Montreal Blues Society
3rd Place Band: The Norman Jackson Band - Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society

1st Place Solo/Duo:  Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons - Washington Blues Society
2nd Place Solo/Duo:  InnerVision - Columbus Blues Alliance

Solo Guitar (aka: Cigar Box Guitar Award): Bing Futch - Orange Blossom Blues Society
Band Guitar (aka: Custom Gibson Guitar & Category 5 Amp):  Joey Delgado of The Delgado Brothers - Ventura County Blues Society
Harp (aka: Lee Oskar Harp Award):   Sam Shepherd, InnerVision - Columbus Blues Alliance
Best Self-Produced CD:  Rob Lumbard, Blues in a Bottle - Central Iowa Blues Society  

Missed going to Memphis? We could not be there the whole time, but here are some Facebook photos albums, with commentary and videos at the end, for you to check out:
 Tuesday, January 26: Day One
 Wednesday, January 27: Day Two
 Thursday, January 28: Day Three
 Friday, January 29: Day Four

2016 Keeping Blues Alive (KBA) Awards (Nominated and announced earlier, presented at Friday award banquet) As off this year KBAs are no longer awarded in categories.
1. Chenango Blues Fest
2. Noel Hayes
3. Eric Suher
4. Sharon Mcconnell - Dickerson
5. Central Iowa Blues Society
6. Fred Delforge
7. Todd Glazer
8. Cahors Blues Festival
9. Yellow Dog Records
10. Erik Lindahl
11. Radio Station Kzum
12. Scott Cvelbar
13. Darwin’s Burgers and Blues
14. Alan Govenar
15. Greg Johnson

Blues Music Awards
To be held May 5, 2016 in Memphis, TN
Nominations are completed, voting is now open.
Membership requested to vote.
Membership, Voting and Event Info at:  http://www.blues.org/blues-music-awards/2016-blues-music-awards

33rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE: January 31 - February 4, 2017

Winners of 2015 regional competitions 
will compete in the 
International Blues Challenge in 
Memphis TN January 26-30, 2016

Florida Regional Competitions & Results

Orange Blossom Blues Society
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Location: The Alley Blues Bar, 114 S Park Ave, Sanford FL
Time: 1-6pm, Ticket: $5
Capacity of 10 competitors has been reached as of 9/24/15.
WINNER - Band: David Smash Band
WINNER - Solo/Duo: Bing Futch
Band Competitors: 
Chris Canas Band - Withdrawing
Betty Fox Band 1:35 to 1:55 
Brett Wellman & The Stone Cold Blues Band 2:45 to 3:05
Chris Canas Band 5:40 to 6:00 
David Smash Band 4:30 to 4:50 
Little Mookie and The Half Pints 3:20 to 3:40 
Paul Stott Group 6:50 to 7:10
Petey and The Ravens 5:05 to 5:25 
Souliz Band Feature Sugar and Spice 2:10 to 2:30 
Andrew Williams 6:15 to 6:35 
Strange Luck  7:25 to 7:55 
Solo/ Duo Competitors:
NMBR11 3:55 to 4:15 
Bing Futch 1:00 to 1:20 


Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Location: Pirate's Cove Resort, 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart, FL
Time: 4pm (subject to change  based on number of acts)
WINNER - Band: Blues Crusaders ( Dan Dratch, Cliff Guest & Rich Conklin) 
WINNER - Solo/Duo: Hat & Matching Suitcase (Deny Rowland & Richie Correcelli)

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Friday & Saturday, August 21 & 22, 2015
Location: Seville Quarter: 130 E Government St., Pensacola, FL 
WINNER - Band: Cat Roads & The Truth
WINNER - Solo/Duo: Michael McCarthy & Justin Headley

North Central Florida Blues Society
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Location: Dirty Bar, 2441 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL
Time: Doors 6pm, competition 7pm.
Ticket: $5
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456518421328994
WINNER - Band: Bridget Kelly Band
WINNER - Solo/Duo: Barbara Paul

South Florida Blues Society
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Location: Galuppis, 1103 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL.
Time: 4pm, $10 non-members,$ 8 members
Solo/ Duo Competitors:
WINNER - Mark Telesca (solo)
Joel DaSilva (solo)
Jersey Julie (duo)
Band Competitors: 
WINNER - J.L. Fulks Band (J.L. Fulks - guitar & vocals, Ian Jones - drums, Kenneth Burgner - bass)
Fade to Blue
EVENT PHOTOS by Paul M. Gettleman
SFBS is accepting entries for The Blues Foundation's "Best Self-Produced CD" contest.  If interested in submitting your CD contact Society President, BluesBobby at bluesbobby2@aol.com.  The CD must be released November 1, 2014 – October 31, 2015. Reported entrants: JOEY GILMORE, MARK TELESCA and NUMBR11

Southwest Florida Blues Society
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Location: Weekend Willie's, 5310 Shirley Street, Naples, FL 34109
Time: 1pm - opening show by Steve Arvey, Competition starts at 1:30pm.
GA $10
SWFBS Member $5
Solo/ Duo Competitors:
WINNER: Josh Rowand
Gator Nate and Chokoloskee Willie Matt
Hat and Matching Suitcase
Band Competitors:
WINNER: The John Allender Blues Band (John Allender - guitar, vocals, Mark Appleby - bass, Gary Van Gorp - drums)
Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers
The Amazing RJ Howson All-Stars
Ellie Lee and Blues Fury
Youth Group:
Britney Russell and the King City Blues Band

Suncoast Blues Society
August 23, 2015
Location: Ace's Live Music
Time: 5PM
WINNER: TC Carr & the Bolts of Blue (TC Carr - Vocals and Harmonica, Josh Nelms - Guitar, Vinnie Seplesky - Bass, Dennis McCarthy - Drums)
Bob Petrocelli Band
Kat Crosby Band
Alex Lopez Express
David Smash Band
Blonde & Blue Band
Jason Haram Group
George Pennington Band
Troy Youngblood & the Soulfish 
July 26, 2015
Location: Hideaway Cafe
WINNER: Franc Robert 
Karen & the Dog
Nat Langston
Treble Hook

Please send info on competitions to Listings@JazzBluesFlorida.com and it will be added here and results will be posted as the competitions progress. 

In previous years this annual blog entry has garnered over 2,000 views as people around the world check it out to see what is happening in Florida.  

Thank you.

Additional Info on the IBC: http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge 
Search Past Winners: http://www.blues.org/awards-search/?cat=ibc
Blues Foundation: http://www.blues.org

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