CALL FOR BANDS
West Michigan International Blues Challenge
May 19, 2019
One West Michigan blues band will be going to Memphis in January 2020, to represent the West Michigan Blues Society Region in the largest battle of the bands event held in the world. Our local winner will be part of a three-day-fandango featuring 380 blues bands from around the world, along with 190 solo/duo combos that will be rocking Beale street night and day. Local and national judging will be conducted by a juried panel of judges focusing on blues content, originality in composition, stage presence, vocals instrumentation and showmanship.
The local competition will adhere to IBC sanctioned rules set forth by the Blues Foundation. Locally, bands will play a 27-30 minute set of original material, covers are discouraged or must have a unique arrangement quality. A panel of judges from around the state will be handling the judging. The West Michigan Blues Society is looking for six qualified bands to compete in the event. Bands with CD releases are preferred, but we will consider those who have releases pending.
Contact WMBS president, Felix Ybarra at 616-340-0240 for an initial screening. Before calling please take time to read the IBC rules and regulations found on the Blues Foundation website. https://blues.org/programs/
The site of this year's challenge will be at Billy's Lounge in Grand Rapids on Sunday, May 19th from 2-6:30pm. We will provide a drum kit and bass rig. A subsequent fundraising event will be held to to help the band defray some of the costs while in Memphis. Deadline is April 7, 2019
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