Saturday, September 26, 2009

Florida Blues Excellence Shown at Competition at NCFBS 2009 Regional IBC Competition

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On Sunday, September 20th the North Central Florida Blues Society - NCFBS held its local competition to select representatives for the 26th International Blues Challenge (IBC) January 20-23, 2010 in Memphis, TN. Hosted by the Blues Foundation, the IBC is the world's largest gathering of Blues acts and represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. In 2009, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.

The local competition held at Gainesville’s Kickin Devil CafĂ© , kept the jam-packed crowd of 150 enthralled with blues music for the aching heart, dancing feet, and winsome memories. Judges were Charlie Boyer of Jazz & Blues Florida magazine, Frank Bracco of WUFT-FM, Qquincy host of 100.9 WXJZ-FM’s Smooth Blues radio show, Gary Anton of the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, and Dante Lima columnist for The Gainesville Sun Music Alive Scene Magazine.
The Tuff Times Blues Band opened the afternoon as the host band.
The lineup for the Solo/Duo category included:

• Blues Lightning – an acoustic duo that loves the blues
Willie Green on harmonica with guitar and bass – an authentic Delta blues musician keeping a long tradition of working bluesman alive today
John Rogers – a guitarist whose music springs from the American oral tradition such as music from the Piedmont, rural Mississippi, rags and songs from New Orleans, even Tin Pan Alley

John Rogers was the winner in the Solo/Duo category.

The lineup for the Band category included:

Used Blues Band – with a wide repertoire of cover songs as well as originals, the band members with their diverse background produced a distinct sound of blues with a twist
6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review – reminiscent of the R&B and jump bands of the late 1940’s and 50’s, this group has the flavor of the hard driving, body-rockin’, dueling saxophones, Big Easy blues bands
Florida Tazers – growing out of the Sunday afternoon jam sessions, this trio’s style most resembles Texas blues playing down and dirty or soft and sweet

6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review was the winner in the Band category

• Used Blues – CD Submission for Original Music entitled Deep Down in Florida; this band at every turn makes a song their very own

Used Blues was the winner in the CD Category

These three groups will represent the NCFBS at the IBC.

Photos and video of the competition are posted at:

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