Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) FLA Regional Competition News - Southwest Florida Blues Society Announces Competitors - Updated 8/19/18

*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

International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
TBA

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

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
Bad JU JU
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

First Coast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 FCBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Competition:
Sunday, August 19, 2018,  Noon-7PM, $5
MOJO Kitchen, BBQ Pit & Blues Bar
1500 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
FACEBOOK EVENT
Youth Showcase:
Madison Carr
Solo/Duo:
Noisy Neighbors duo (Big John Austill & Zackery Attackery)
Greg Cuje Project duo (with Gregory Cuje & Mitchell Prevento)
Jazzy Blue solo
WINNER: Henry Jones solo
Band:
Milltown Road Band
Danny Delves and The Deadly Nightshades
Bluesdog66
Kapowski
Them Vagabonds
The Raiford Brothers Band
WINNER: The Snacks Blues Band
Honey Hounds

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
FACEBOOK EVENT
Solo/Duo:
Ed Coogan
Cosmo Easterly
Rick Guerry
Sweet William
Band:
Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band
The DevilJays
Sheba the Mississippi Queen
The Bluesmen
The Shovelhead Blues Band
 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
Competition:
The Alley
114 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
MAP
Competitors
Solo/Duo:
Bear & Robert
Sunnyland Steve
WINNER: Trey Wanvig & Michael Peck
Bands:
Dale Bandy & The Blue Cans
WINNER: Joel DaSilva Band
Doc Fu & The Brothers of Blues
Sole Travelers
The Brohamms
Matt Burke Band
Three Link Society

South Florida Blues Society 
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"The South Florida Blues Challenge"
8/13/18
   "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
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.
Youth:
Johnny Jensen – Youth Showcase Solo
Solo/Duo:
Midnight Moses - Solo
Larry McDonald - Solo
Josh “Pitbull of Blues” Rowand – Solo
Bands:
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"
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)
WINNER: Jamie N Royce (Duo)
Band:
WINNER: 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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