Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Florida Regional Competition News - Suncoast Announces Competitors - Updated 6/20/18

*Note* For definition and clarification, International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competitions are held in 2018 to determine who will compete in the 35rd International Blues Challenge (IBC 2019) that will be held Jan 25-26, 2018 in downtown Memphis, TN. 




Florida 2018 
International Blues Challenge (IBC) 
Regional Competition Schedule

Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
TBA

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
TBA

First Coast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 FCBS Regional Blues Challenge"
TBA

North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"NCFBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, August 10, 2018
Click here for REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Competition:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
High Dive
210 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32601
MAP
Competition categories: band, solo/duo and self-produced CD.
Additional Notes:
The North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS) is an affiliate of the Blues Foundation, which holds the International Blues Challenge (IBC) every year in Memphis. As an affiliate, the North Central Florida Blues Society holds a regional competition, which allows for a winning band, solo/duo, and self-produced CD to compete as a representative of the North Central Florida region in the IBC in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District. Participating artists must be from Alachua, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Levy, Marion, Madison, Putnam, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwanee, or Union counties. The majority of members in the group must reside in one of these counties. NCFBS will only provide funding from the door receipts, no other funding from NCFBS will be provided. Thus it is incumbent upon the winner that they are capable financially of attending the IBC in Memphis, taking off work, etc. At least one PERFORMING member of the group must be a full (non- Student, non-Honorary) NCFBS member. Managers/agents/representatives do NOT count toward the membership requirement. The entry fee for a band is $30 and solo/duo is $20. There is a $20 entry fee for CDs. All door receipts will be distributed to the winners to defray travel costs to Memphis using a pro-rated system based on the number of performing individuals in both categories. If you are interested in competing in the North Central Florida Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge on August 26, please contact the NCFBS for a full set of rules at blueschallenge@ncfblues.org (mailto:blueschallenge@ncfblues.org) . Anyone that wishes to compete must officially enter no later than August 10. That means that inquiries must happen before that date. The actual start and end time of the North Central Florida Blues Society Regional Blues Challenge will be determined by the amount of participants. This will be known soon after August 10, the registration deadline.

Orange Blossom Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 Central Florida Blues Challenge"
"Central Florida Blues Challenge - CFBC"
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, June 30, 2018
Click here for REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Competition:
The Alley
114 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
MAP
Competition categories: Solo/Duo and Band Competition

South Florida Blues Society 
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"The South Florida Blues Challenge"
TBA

Southwest Florida Blues Society (SWFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, August 5th. 12:00 Noon
Click here for REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Competition:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Rhythm House Dinner Club
16440 S Tamiami Trail #11, Fort Myers, FL 33908
MAP
Competition categories: Band, Solo/ Duo, Youth Group and self-produced CD.

Suncoast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"Suncoast Blues Challenge"
Competition:
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Skipper's Smokehouse
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613
MAP
Competition categories: Solo/Duo and Band Competition
Competitors:
Solo/Duo:
Phil Coale (Solo)
Bear & Robert (Duo)
Jamie N Royce (Duo)
Band:
Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke
Jason Haram Group
Dukes of Juke
Memphis Rub Band

Daytona Beach Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"Boogie to Memphis"
TBA

To submit updated or additional information to update this blog please email Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com.

Information on the 2017 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2018 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2017/02/florida-2017-international-blues.html

Information on the 2016 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2017 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2016/04/floridas-2016-international-blues.html

Information on the 2015 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2016 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2015/05/2015-international-blues-challenge.html

More information on the IBC can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at: http://blues.org/international-blues-challenge

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