Saturday, November 3, 2018

2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) FLA Regional Competition News - Florida's Slate is Complete.

Congratulations to ALL regional participants and 
to those moving up to the Road to Memphis from 
around the World!
Here is a present (unofficial) from Jazz & Blues Florida to
y'all to let the world know you are on the way!
Please feel free to copy/download and use as you please.
(Never mind!)

From: Barbara Newman []
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 5:01 PM
Cc: Scott Fitzke (; Jeff Syracuse (
Subject: Blues Foundation Logo and IBC Participant Badge
Importance: High

Dear Charlie:
It has come to my attention and to the attention of The Blues Foundation Counsel, Scott Fitzke (copied here along with our Board Chair, Jeff Syracuse), that you have taken it upon yourself to create a special participant badge using The Blues Foundation logo and assets for 2019 International Blues Challenge competitors, which you include as a “gift” on your blogspot. I have also been informed that you reached out directly to the leadership of Blues Foundation affiliated blues societies as a means of offering this graphic.

While we all certainly understand that your intentions are good in doing this, I must kindly ask you to remove this badge from your website and communicate with our blues societies to let them know that The Blues Foundation produces a special badge for all challengers which we will be sending once registration closes later this month. The images that you have used and are sharing are trademarked by The Blues Foundation and the sole property of our organization. We have very strict policies regarding how our logo and images are used, and we generally do not give permission for others to use our logo and images.  In those instances in which we do give permission, we require a licensing agreement for use.  The US Trademark and Patents office requires this of us to keep our trademarked images secure.

In addition, our own policing of our logo helps us ensure that only approved challengers receive the branding assets that we directly provide them and that others with less than pure intentions do not use our images for their own purposes without our permission.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me or Scott Fitzke directly, and we will be happy to explain this to you in greater detail. In the meantime, thanks in advance for discontinuing use of this graphic and for removing it from all social media, website, advertising, or any other locations where you might have already shared it.

Best regards,

Become a Member of The Blues Foundation. For as little as $25 per year, your membership donation will help us keep the blues thriving around the world. Just visit us at, and click on Join to learn more and easily and safely join on line.

Barbara B. Newman
President & CEO
The Blues Foundation
421 South Main Street: Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 527-2583 Ext. 12

Florida Competition & 
Final Results Blog Entry

*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 22-26, 2019 in downtown Memphis, TN. 

Florida 2018 
International Blues Challenge (IBC) 
Regional Competition Schedule
& Results

International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Not Participating

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Regional Blues Challenge Weekend
Friday, August 17, 2018: Blues Jam w/ Host Band
Saturday, August 18, 2018 ~ 2-9pm: Blues Challenge w/ Host Band
Seville Quarter
130 East Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Johnny No
Soul Bells
Ryan Matthew
Jamel MellyMell Richardson
Blue Levi
Ed Adams
Cat Daddy Blues Band
Fingas Fa Ya
Betsy Badwater
Lucky Strike Band
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Spearman Brewers
The Defrosters
BAND WINNER: Max McCain Band
Rocky Denny Band

Daytona Beach Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"Boogie to Memphis"
Not Participating

First Coast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 FCBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Sunday, August 19, 2018,  Noon-7PM, $5
MOJO Kitchen, BBQ Pit & Blues Bar
1500 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Youth Showcase:
Madison Carr
Noisy Neighbors duo (Big John Austill & Zackery Attackery)
Greg Cuje Project duo (with Gregory Cuje & Mitchell Prevento)
Jazzy Blue solo
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Henry Jones solo
Milltown Road Band
Danny Delves and The Deadly Nightshades
Them Vagabonds
The Raiford Brothers Band
BAND WINNER: The Snacks Blues Band
Honey Hounds

North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"NCFBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Sunday, August 26, 2018
High Dive: 210 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32601 MAP
Ed Coogan
Cosmo Easterly
Rick Guerry
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Sweet William (aka Billy Ennis)
Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band
The DevilJays
BAND WINNER: Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen
The Shovelhead Blues Band
SELF-PRODUCED CD WINNER: Sheba the Mississippi Queen - A Real Good Woman

Sheba the Mississippi Queen & the Bluesmen (L-R)
Gary Christensen – Bass Guitar
Steve Underwood – Drums
Sheba  the Mississippi Queen - Vocals
Keith Caton -  Guitar
Greg “Wolfman” Schleitwiler - Keyboards

Sweet William (A KA Billy Ennis)

Orange Blossom Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 Central Florida Blues Challenge"
"Central Florida Blues Challenge - CFBC"
Sunday, August 5, 2018 ~ 1pm
The Alley
114 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Bear & Robert
Sunnyland Steve
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Trey Wanvig & Michael Peck
Dale Bandy & The Blue Cans
BAND WINNERJoel DaSilva Band
Doc Fu & The Brothers of Blues
Sole Travelers
The Brohamms
Matt Burke Band
Three Link Society

Trey Wanvig - Guitar, vocals
Mike Peck - Drums, percussion
The Joel DaSilva Band
Joel DaSilva - Guitar, vocals
Dale Pohly - Bass, vocals
Austin Erblat - drums

South Florida Blues Society 
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"The South Florida Blues Challenge"
Not Participating
   "Regrettably, our board of directors has cancelled our upcoming South Florida Blues Challenge that was to be held this coming Sunday, August 19th at Galuppi's in Pompano Beach.  Unfortunately we did not have enough bands or solo/duo acts committed to enter this year to make it a viable competition.   This is the first time since our inception in 2002, that we will not be sending a band or solo/duo act to Memphis, for inclusion in the International Blues Challenge.  It wasn't too long ago, that we had too many acts requesting to enter, that we had to turn people down.
   Over the coming months we will examine what steps we have to take make our Blues Challenge more appealing to our local musicians, encouraging them to enter the competition next year.   We hope after possibly revamping our approach and making some changes, we can attract and encourage more acts next year to resume the Blues Challenge, and once again be able to send an act or acts to the IBC."
Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg
President, SFBS

Southwest Florida Blues Society (SWFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Rhythm House Dinner Club: 16440 S Tamiami Trail #11, Fort Myers, FL 33908
WINNER Youth Showcase Solo: Johnny Jensen
Midnight Moses - Solo
Larry McDonald - Solo
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Josh “Pitbull of Blues” Rowand – Solo
BAND WINNER: The Blues Crusaders
Southern SophistiCats
Blue Gators Band
Jason Haram Group
Marty Stokes Band

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

Treasure Coast Blues Society
(Previously know as the Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
September 23, 2018 ~ Time TBA
Pirate's Cove
4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart, FL 34997 MAP
BAND WINNER: Dave Scott and The Reckless Shots

To submit updated or additional information to update this blog please email

Information on the 2017 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2018 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at:

Information on the 2016 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2017 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at:

Information on the 2015 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2016 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at:

More information on the IBC can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at:

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