Attending The International Blues Challenge has been a family tradition for years and many fans and artists have turned into a term that you hear often within the street of Beale, " The Blues Family". It is a fun festival, jammed pack with a four day competition. The venues of Beale Street fill up with musicians from all over the world, participating in a challenge where the finals are held at the beautiful, world famous Orpheum Theatre. Such a stunning historic venue. Fans, volunteers, venue judges and musicians who participate in the festivities meet people from all the over the world who hearts are in the blues. The last day of the International Blues Challenge is filled with the cream of the crop performers and Indiana's Very own Dave Muskett was on the stage! Congratulations to Dave Muskett and the final winners listed below with links to their websites.
First place winners for Solo Duo Division: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons Washington Blues Society
Congratulations - Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons who won:
— A 1st place International Blues Challenge plaque
— $2500 cash
— 2 days of studio recording (does NOT include engineer) at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
— Blues Festival Guide 1/8 page color Ad in Blues Festival Guide annual print magazine;
and square banner ad for 3 months on its website-bluesfestivalguide.com 1 song in mp3 format (for 12 months duration) on our Jukebox on BluesFestivalGuide.com; and 2 Facebook postings on Facebook.com/Blues Festival Guide (180,000 Likes)with link through to band’s site
First place for the Band Division: The Delgado Brothers Ventura County Blues Society
Congratulations to The Delgado Brothers who won:
— A First Place International Blues Challenge plaque
— $3000 cash
— 4 days of studio recording (does NOT include engineer) at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN.
— 4 days of recording and/or mixing sessions at the legendary Showplace Studios. Ben Elliott of American Showplace Music will be available to record/mix/produce totally at the winners’ discretion.
— Blues Festival Guide – 1/4 page color Ad in Blues Festival Guide annual print magazine; and Double banner size banner ad on its website for 6 months; and two songs in mp3 format (for 12 months duration) on our Jukebox and 4 Facebook postings on Facebook.com/Blues Festival Guide (180,000 Likes) with link through to band’s site.
Great gigs, including:
— Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, 2016 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Caribbean Cruise
— Heritage Blues Festival, Wheeling, WV
— Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride, CO
— King Biscuit Blues Festival , Helena, AR
— Hot Springs Blues Festival, Hot Springs, AR
— Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs, AR
— Gladstone SummerTime BluesFest, Gladstone, MO
— Levitt Shell Concert Series, Memphis, TN
— Big Blues Bender, Las Vegas, NV
— Bottleneck Blues Bar Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg. MS
— Daytona Blues Festival, Daytona, FL.