Sunday, June 17, 2012

WBS International Blues Challenge Semi-Finals June 24th

The Washington Blues Society will hold its last semi-final statewide blues competition in Anacortes on Sunday, June 24th at H20. The Anacortes competition adds to the blues society’s statewide contests in Spokane, Snohomish, and Kennewick. The top-scoring acts from each semi-final round will advance to the Washington Blues Society International Blues Challenge finals at the Taste of Music in Snohomish on Sunday, August 19th.

This year, the blues society’s WIRED! Band from Snohomish County won first place International Blues Challenge honors as they returned to Memphis to compete for the most prestigious award for unsigned blues talent. The Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely duo, also hailing from Snohomish County, made it to the semi-finals on their Beale Street debut.

Each competition is judged and conducted according to the rules of the Blue Foundation, and the Washington Blues Society received the coveted Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in 2009 in the blues society category.

H20 is Anacortes’ newest restaurant and club downtown on the waterfront. H2O is a strong supporter of local blues, and the Washington Blues Society considers H2O a strong and valued partner in promotion of live blues music in Skagit County and the Evergreen State.

Performers List
2013 Washington Blues Society
International Blues Challenge Semi-Final Competition
Sunday, June 24th – H2O – 314 Commercial Avenue in Downtown Anacortes

   Introduction and Welcome
2:00-2:05 PM 
   Hambone Wilson
2:05-2:30 PM 
   Wide Willie Washburn
2:45-3:10 PM 
   Palmer Junction
3:25-3:50 PM 
   Stevens Miller Project
4:05-4:30 PM 
   Mercury Radio
4:45-5:10 PM 
   Blues Playground
5:25-5:50 PM 
   Rafael Tranquilino Band
6:05-6:30 PM 
  Mary McPage & The Assassins
6:45-7:10 PM 
  Junction 61-49
7:25-7:50 PM 
  James & The Bad Intentions
8:05-8:30 PM 
  Announce Top Scorers
8:30-8:50 PM 

Admission: $10 for 10 Bands!
All proceeds will help the Washington Blues Society send a solo/duo act and band to the 2013 IBC in Memphis! 

The Washington Blues Society is a proud recipient of the 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Blues Societies from The Blues Foundation  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

International Blues Challenge Semi-Finals Continue in Washington State

Hey Washington Blues Fans... More IBC action coming in Washington State.

This coming weekend out in Snohomish, Washington at the Oxford Saloon on Sunday, June 10th is the third of the Washington blues Society statewide International Blues Challenge semi-finals. Starting at 2 PM and running to 9 PM, local musicians will wow you with a full day of the fast paced blues, entertaining International Blues Challenge format live blues music. CLICK HERE for more details. Don't miss this wonderful event. Brought to you by the Washington Blues Society, whose mission is to promote, preserve, and advance the culture and tradition of blues music as an art form.

A full schedule of the semi-finalists and show details are below: