The IBC has evolved into the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The event is a judged “Battle of the Bands” in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.
The International Blues Challenge represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
Affiliates, such as the Washington Blues Society, are required to stage regional preliminary competitions, with the winners representing the organization in the Memphis international competition. Usually, these preliminary rounds are held in clubs as part of a fundraiser or simply an excitement-building event. The North Sound semi-final has been held at H2O for the past 3 years. Last year’s duo winner at H2O, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, advanced to the finals and won.
The line-up for our October 30th fund raiser is as follows:
3-345 Blues Playgound (w special guests Polly O’Keary and Tommy Cook)
355- 430 Stanislove
450 -540 El Colonel and Mary de la Fuente
555-645 -Michell D’Amour and the Lover Dealers featuring CD Woodbury and the Wild Card Horns
700-745 Cee Cee James and the Mission of S.O.U.L
8-9 Polly O’Keary Band
A $10 donation will be collected at the door. Music starts at 3PM. (The Seahawks game is at 10:00 am. Please join us after the game for a great music event!)