Representing EBS and Northern Alberta at
Jimmy & the Sleepers, Boogie Patrol, Overdue Blues Band
Sunday October 21, 2012
Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
$15 All ages event. EBS Members and Guests invited to attend
doors 12:30pm (half past Noon), competition starts 1:00pm
We use the exact same scoring system used by Memphis for
the International Blues Challenge that has been running for almost 30 years.
Scoring system explained here
Blues Challenge info
9 Solo/Duo entries and 8 Band entries were received this year!
We will be having Quarter Finals (4 dates in total), Semi Finals and Final rounds throughout October 2012.
Tickets for Oct 21 Final Rounds only. Get yours early!
Available at: Tix on the Square, Myhre's Music, Permanent Records.
All other dates, pay at the door.
Quarter Finals - Solo/Duo category
October 3 - The Haven Club 15120 Stony Plain Road
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:00pm $5 at the door
"Little Joe" Experience - Youth Showcase
Hannah & Hannah
Breezy Brian Gregg
October 4 - Uncle Glenn's Eatery 7666 - 156 Street
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:00pm $5 at the door
Boyd & KPOD
Quarter Finals - Band category
October 10 - Newcastle Pub 6108 - 90 Avenue
doors 6:30pm, competition 7:30pm $5 at the door
Big Hank & A Fist Full of Blues
Jimmy and the Sleepers
October 11 - Newcastle Pub 6108 - 90 Avenue
doors 6:30pm, competiton 7:30pm $5 at the door
Overdue Blues Band
Great North Blues Band
Semi Final rounds, both Solo/Duo and Band categories
October 14 - Blues on Whyte. competition 1:00pm start, $10 at the door
Advancing to the Semi Finals:
Jenie Thai, Breezy Brian Gregg, Graham Guest, Boyd & KPOD
Boogie Patrol, Big Hank & A Fist Full of Blues, Overdue Blues Band, Jimmy & the Sleepers
Final Rounds, both Solo/Duo and Band categories
October 21 - Old Timer's Cabin 9430 Scona Road
doors 12:30pm, competition 1:00pm $15 advance tickets
Tickets at: Tix on the Square, Permanent Records, Myhre's Music
Advancing to the Final Rounds:
Jenie Thai, Breezy Brian Gregg, Graham Guest
Jimmy & the Sleepeers, Overdue Blues Band, Boogie Patrol,
The 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN is set for January 29, 2012 to February 2, 2013. www.blues.org
We will be holding our 2nd Annual "Memphis Bound" Blues challenge in OCTOBER 2012 to find our regional representatives.
Competition dates, venues and schedules listed above. Tickets available soon!
Final Rounds are Sunday afternoon October 21, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin, 9430 Scona Road, Edmonton, AB.
Acts winning the Final Rounds WILL represent EBS in Memphis, TN. It could be YOU!
Solo/Duo - one or two members
Band - three or more members
Vocalists count as a musician.
Breezy Brian Gregg thanks everyone who accepted his challenge!
Breezy Bri Challenge
Breezy Brian Gregg has put out a "challenge" to ALL blues Solo/Duo acts
in Northern Alberta (Red Deer north)
"I am going to enter again and try and win here again.
I am quite sure if I do win here I will again not win in Memphis.
I challenge everyone and anyone to enter and try and beat me."
2011/12 Memphis Bound representatives
Solo/Duo - Breezy Brian Gregg
Band - Jimmy and the Sleepers
Fundraising event: September 22, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin, 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
We are looking for silent auction items.
Please contact ibc@EdmontonBluesSociety.net to help with this.
Final rounds will be held Sunday October 21, 2012 at Old Timers Cabin 9430 Scona Road (99 Street)
We SOLD OUT for the final rounds held November 2011 so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale!
Thank-you for supporting Edmonton Blues Society and helping to keep blues alive in Edmonton!
* Link to pictures and "Thank-yous" of The First Great Canadian Polar Bear Blues Challenge held at The Kooky Canuck
* Grant Stovel's Memphis blog on CKUA
* On Saturday, February 4, 2012 there was a secondary blues challenge called "Top of the Hill" held at The New Daisy Theatre in Memphis. Participants were the favourite band acts as chosen by club owners during the semi-finals not advancing to IBC Finals. The honour of "Top of the Hill" was awarded to The Shaun Booker Band from Columbus, Ohio.
* Only one Canadian act, of the 14 participating at IBC this year, advanced to the Finals: Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers in the Solo/Duo category.
* Official results from Memphis (copied from Blues Foundation's website):
Quickly, to the point, the winner in the Band category is:
The WIRED! Band (Washington Blues Society)
The winner of the Solo/Duo category is:
Ray Bonneville (Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas)
The other winners are:
Band-2nd place: The Bart Walker Band (Nashville Blues Society)
Band-3rd Place: Paula Harris (The Golden Gate Blues Society)
Solo/Duo-2nd Place: Dr. Don's Double Dose (Sydney Blues Society, Australia)
The Gibson Guitarist Award went to Bart Walker and
The Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award went to Randy McQuay
The Best Self Produced CD was judged to be: Where I'm Coming From... Dave Keller
The Gibson guitar autographed by Blues Music Award nominees was won by Chris Hardwick
Memphis Bound !!!
Representing Edmonton and the Edmonton Blues Society
at the 28th International Blues Challenge
held Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2012 in Memphis, TN are:
Breezy Brian Gregg in the Solo/Duo category
Jimmy & the Sleepers in the Band category
Congratulations from the board of the Edmonton Blues Society!
Advancing to the inaugural "Memphis Bound" Finals
on Sunday November 13, 2011 at 1:30pm are...
Breezy Brian Gregg
Jimmy & the Sleepers
Blues fans, mark this date on your calendars!
Final Rounds held as follows:
November 13, 2011 doors open at 1:30pm
The Yardbird Suite
11 Tommy Banks Way (102 Street & 86 Ave), Edmonton, AB - open to the public and all ages welcome!
Tickets $10 each available NOW at:
Tix on the Square, Sound Connection, Myhre's Music, Fusion Music and email@example.com
The top scoring Solo/Duo act and top scoring Band act from November 13, 2011 final rounds will represent Edmonton and the Edmonton Blues Society in the 28th International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee January 31 – February 4, 2012 in their respective categories.
Proceeds from Memphis Bound events will be used to defray travel expenses for the acts representing EBS in Memphis. The Edmonton Blues Society will provide sponsorship of $1000 per musician, to a maximum of $5000 in the band category. This sponsorship is to offset travel expenses to Memphis in February 2012.
Come out and support the musicians who have entered the inaugural year for EBS' Memphis Bound blues challenge.
Memphis Bound Updates:
"Due to scheduling conflicts, we regretfully have to withdraw from this year's Memphis Bound blues challenge. We wish all solo/duos and bands the best of luck with the November 2011 competition!" ......Big Hank and the Boys
"Due to unpreventable circumstances, I will be competing in all rounds of this year's Solo/Duo category as a Solo artist. My partner wishes all entrants the very best of luck and is planning on competing next year!" ......Dan Sinasac
Edmonton Blues Society would like to thank all the great local blues musicians who particpated in the qualifying rounds!
Edmonton's Memphis Bound Blues Challenge date at The Yardbird Suite:
Please address any questions concerning Memphis Bound Blues Challenge to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalynn 780-717-7604 or Mark 780-467-5446