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The Blues Foundation Affiliate

DCBS Battle of the Bands & International Blues Challenge

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC. The DC Blues Society is an affiliate(*) of The Blues Foundation.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition (The DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands and Solo/Duo Competition), with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

In addition to the Battle of the Bands and the Solo/Duo Competition, there are categories for Youth Acts and Self-produced CD.

The DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands

2017 DCBS Battle of the Bands Winner!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 DCBS Battle of the Bands, Lady D & The Rogue Johnsen Trio! They will now go on to represent the DC Blues Society at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

The DC Blues Society Solo/Duo Competition

2017 DCBS Solu/Duo Competition Winner!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 DCBS Battle of the Bands Solo/Duo Competition, Patty Reese & Dave Chappell!. They will now go on to represent the DC Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

International Blues Challenge CD Nominations

 

Let In The Sun, by Patty Reese, has been nominated by The DC Blues Society for the best self-produced CD award at the International Blues Challenge!