Saturday, January 24, 2015

Florida's Slate for International Blues Challenge Has Been Finalized. Results are in and LOOK OUT WORLD!

This is about the 2015 IBC.

2016 IBC Information is at:

Announcements for Florida's 2014 Local IBC Challenges 

to determine competitors at the 2015 IBC In Memphis TN.


Suncoast Blues Society
Competition was held Oct 12 at Ace's Lounge,
4343 Palma Sola Blvd. 
Bradenton FL 34210 (941)795-3886
Time: 4pm
Solo/Duo Competitors
Sandy Atkinson
Franc Robert
Bodie Valdez (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Lee Pons
Band Competitors:
Theodore Strange Band
Betty Fox Band (Winner Band Category)
Marty Stokes Band
Theodore Stange Band
Ellie Lee & Blues Fury
TC Carr's All-Star Bolts of Blue
Jason Haram Band
* Charlie attended this great day of music and has posted some vids, some commentary, and a LOT of pics in another blog entry at: 

Southwest Florida Blues Society
Competition results updated 10/5/14 based on notice from Society.
Competition was held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at: 
7050 Crystal Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
Time: 1pm
2:10 - William Frey
2:45 - Gator Nate 
3:20 - Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
3:55 - RJ Howson (Winner Band Category)
4:30 - Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys
5:05 - The Marty Stokes Band (Winner People's Choice Award)

South Florida Blues Society
Competition was held Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Time: Doors 5pm, competition 6pm
Ticket: $5
Marty Stokes Band
IKO IKO (Winner Band Category)
Otis Cadillac & The Eldorados w/ The Seville Sisters
*See Allen Kanovsky's blog review of the event at

Orange Blossom Blues Society
Competition was held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at:
Blue 42
14195 W. Colonial Drive, 
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Time: 1-5pm
Andrew Williams Band
Andrew Sadlon - Guitar & Vocals, Michael Scitney - Drums, Rich Donofrio - Bass
Bing Futch (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Don't Scare the Dog
Lonnie G. - Bass & Vocals, Luke Elliot - Guitars & Vocals, Frank Filipo - Drums & Vocals
Paul Stott Group (Winner People's Choice Award)
Paul Stott – Guitar & Vocals, Richard Plate - Harmonica, Gary Martin - Bass, Joseph Adcock - Drums
Pitbull of Blues (Winner Band Category)
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand - Guitar & Vocals & Banjo & Harmonica, Deny Rowand - Bass Guitar & Vocals, Richie Corricelli - Drums & Back-Up Vocals

*News blog entry (photo's, video's & commentary) posted at: 

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
True Blue (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Cat Roades & The Truth (Winner Band Category)
No other information provided. Sorry!

Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast

Competition held Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014 at:
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Marina
Mark Telesca Band (Winner Band Category)
No other information provided. Sorry!

North Central Florida Blues Society

Competition held Sunday, September 7, 2014 at:
Dirty Bar
2441 NW 43rd Street 
Gainesville, FL 32606
Time: 5pm
Bootleg Creek
The Bridget Kelly Band (Winner Band Category)
Bubba Can’t Dance
The Stumble
Bridget Kelly & Tim Fik
Rick Randlett  (Winner Solo/Duo Category)

Please send updates, additions or corrections directly to . Thank you!

The 31st (2015) International Blues Challenge (IBC) will be held January 20-24, 2015 in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee in the Beale Street Historic District.

The 31st International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday night (Jan 20) with the International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (January 21-22) quarter finals will be conducted. Youth Showcase and Semi Finals will be held Friday evening (Jan 23). Saturday (Jan 24) IBC will conclude with Finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theater .

The IBC is a five-day event that includes both band and solo/duo blues music competition, youth and international showcases and seminars .  Typically, over 250 (band, solo/duo and youth) acts from 40 states and two dosen countries participate in the four rounds in Memphis.  Significantly, the acts cannot enter directly, but are sponsored by one of our 200 affiliated organizations that are so critical to nurturing Blues culture in their own region.  These events and awards are a culmination of activities undertaken by our affiliates and serve our mission by providing a vehicle through which they can promote, preserve and ensure the future of Blues music in their region via their own competitions to determine which up-and-coming act they will send to Memphis for a once-in-a-lifetime artistic and educational opportunity.  The top acts receive cash prizes, professional services and career-changing gigs, and each year, competitors other than those judged as “winners” are “discovered” and as a result, doors open for their future musical endeavors.

For more information about the International Blues Challenge, visit The Blues Foundation.

Florida's rich blues history includes:
Roach Thompson Blues Band: 1991-92 W.C. Handy Award Winner-Recipient of the B.B. King Lucille Award for Best Unsigned Blues Band in the U.S.A.
Piano Bob (Wilder) & The Snowman: 1992-93 W.C. Handy Award Winner-Recipient of the B.B. King Lucille Award for Best Unsigned Blues Band in the U.S.A.
Joey Gilmore: 2006 winner of the International Blues Challenge.
JP Soars and the Red Hots: 2009 International Blues Challenge winners.
Selwyn Birchwood Band: 2013 International Blues Challenge winners.
Ben Prestage: Three consecutive years took he 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place in the solo/duo category (need dates on this, please)

Jazz & Blues Florida wishes all participants well in the Challenge and congratulates all the societies for stepping up to do the work to get it done. We will not be judging any competitions in Florida this year, but look forward to sitting on the panels of the Magic City Blues Society and The Atlanta Blues Society for their competitions. 

Jazz Blues Florida encourages all listeners and players with a blues interest to check out their local blues society and get involved. A complete list of Florida blues societies can be found on our main web site's LINKS page at . 

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