Have Fun & Good Luck To ALL of the 29th International Blues Challenge Participants!

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… for us it started in 2010 with Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim representing the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society:

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… in 2011 THE BUSH LEAGUE made their first appearance representing the Sedalia Blues Society and were semi-finalists in 2012 representing Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society!

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… and in 2013 we are at  home cheering for great experiences for many that we know on their first trip and missing some great friends that we’ve made down there that are participating again!  The UnXpected representing DC Blues Society is participating in the Youth Category; in the band category there is Andrew Alli & Last Night’s Blues Band representing River City Blues Society, The Mike Lucci Band representing the Blue Ridge Blues Society, The Ghost Town Blues Band representing the Crossroads Blues Society, Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos representing the Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society, Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders representing the Minnesota Blues Society, RJ Harman & Company representing the Orange Blossom Blues Society, The Sugar Thieves representing the Phoenix Blues Society, The Selwyn Birchwood Band representing the Suncoast Blues Society and the Josh Vowell Band representing the Topeka Blues Society; then there is Erin Harpe & Richard Rosenblatt representing the Boston Blues Society in the Solo/ Duo Category!  These are just the people that we know that are going and/ or have met at previous IBC’s, the full list of this year’s talent can be found RIGHT HERE and all of the performers are something to check out!

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We’ve let our hometown people know to go up to the top floor of the Rum Boogie Cafe to the banquet room to meet up with Vinny ‘Bond’ Marini for his Music On the Couch internet radio show where he will have 5 minute participant interviews and live updates set up twice a day for 3 hours during the entire Challenge!

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To SEE some of the action LIVE you can go to DittyTV; a live, internet-based broadcast site that’s showcasing IBC bands all this week!

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This year you can follow along with what’s going on with The Official International Blues Challenge Mobile App for Android mobile devices!

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Check out the links above if you want to cheer on your hometown favorites or to just see and hear some great music and learn about some great musicians representing almost every corner of the earth that you might not have heard about otherwise!

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We Are Now Card Carrying Members!

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That’s right, The Bush League is now a Corporate Member of The Blues Foundation!  We did this to show our support for the organization that has been dedicated to preserving blues music history (The Blues Hall of Fame, The HART Fund), celebrating recording and performance excellence (The Blues Music AwardsThe International Blues Challenge), supporting blues education (Website, Worldwide Blues Society Affiliates, Blues in the Schools) and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form for 32 years now!  As corporate members, we get to vote on this years nominees for the Blues Music Awards, a link to our website located on the The Blues Foundations website, and we get membership cards, decals and a lapel pin!

 

The Bush League Membership Cards for River City Blues Society (RVA) and The Blues Foundation.

 

Through our participation in our local and many close by blues societies’ blues challenges for participation in the  International Blues Challenge (2010 Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim - Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, 2011 The Bush League - Sedalia Blues Society, 2012 The Bush League - Natchel’ Blues Network) we’ve had many opportunities to share our music and our love for blues music that we would not have had otherwise.  We’ve also made some great friends, had many unique experiences and grown a greater  appreciation for live music in general, blues music and its far reaching influence specifically!

Currently, The Bush League is also a member in good standing with the Natchel’ Blues Network Blues Society, the DC Blues Society and Richmond, VA’s River City Blues Society (card shown above), of which our bassist, Royce Folks was voted onto the Board of Directors in December 2011.  All of the blues societies mentioned in this post are just a few of the 180+ affiliate organizations of The Blues Foundation from around the world!  If this sounds like something that YOU would like to support also contact your local blues society or join the The Blues Foundation directly to help Keep Blues Alive!

 

Click Picture To JOIN!

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We make another run for the 2012 IBC’s this Sunday in Virginia Beach!!!

 

That’s right!!!  The Bush League will be putting it down this Sunday July 31st at The Jewish Mother Hilltop in Virginia Beach, VA!  We will be competing in the Natchel’ Blues Network‘s Blues Challenge along with many of the regions best groups and musicians in the blues field!  CHECK THEM OUT: Darryl Ellyson, The Jukes, Rooster Foot, Tim Morgan, Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner Band, Justin Pietrowski Trio and Pig Foot Riot!

The doors open at 2pm and the competition starts at 3pm, tickets are available at the door and are $8 a person or $15 a couple!  We will draw for the order right before the competition starts so get there early!  Click the link below for more information:  http://natchelblues.org/events/InternationalBluesChallengeNBN.html

 At the end of the evening one of the bands mentioned above will be the Natchel’ Blues Network‘s representative at The Blues Foundation‘s 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN on January 31 – February 4, 2012!  We went as a band last year representing the Sedalia Blues Society and Sleepy Eyed Jay & Chicago Slim went the year before representing the Piedmont Blues Presevation Society!  Third time’s the charm and to possibly represent Royce‘s hometown would be just plain ‘ol awesome!  So come on out and help support The Bush League and enjoy an amazing evening of blues music at its finest at the Natchel Blues Network’s Blues Challenge at The Jewish Mother Hilltop located at 600 Nevan Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451 this Sunday July 31st at 2pm!

 

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Video of The Bush League and friends performing ’59 Chevy at BB King’s on Beale Street 02.04.11

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The Bush League performing their song ’59 Chevy at the Legendary BB King’s on Beale Street in Memphis, TN on Friday Feb 4, 2011! We got a little help with guitar, harmonica & saxaphone on stage that night during an open jam during the night of the semi-finals of the 2011 International Blues Challenge!

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Thank you LP! : )
The Bush League

The 7Below Lounge @ Gibson’s Gill, that’s right!

 

Come join us in our 1st stop this year on our ‘Road To Memphis’!  Stop 2 will be on January 21, 2011 @ The Capital Ale House’s Downtown Music Hall for the River City Blues Society’s weekly Friday Brews & Blues concert series w/ Cy Taggart performing solo between sets!  We hope to see you at one of these so that we can thank you for your support as we travel at the beinning of next month to the 27th Annual International Blues Challenge representing the Sedalia Blues Society!

Article on the 2010 Sedalia Blues Challenge in Lynchburg, VA’s The News & Advance Newspaper!

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07.11.10 The News & Advance – ‘Sedalia Blues Festival’s top performer says genre’s draw is its room for variation’
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By: Dave Thompson
Published: July 11, 2010

Wailing harmonicas, thudding bass, melancholy guitar riffs and, of course, sunglasses.

The Sedalia Blues Society’s 13th annual Blues Festival brought a few hundred spectators to Big Island on Saturday.

Some danced or swayed to the tunes as eight bands competed for two spots at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, in February.

Tom Hunter, of Minneapolis, who played the event’s second set with his partner Jon Gunvaldson, said for him the festival was a way to get back on the road after taking a break from touring while his kids were in school.

“I was talking with one of the organizers, and he said ‘Why don’t you come down and play this thing? It’ll be good for you.’”

Hunter said win or lose the competition, just throwing himself into the music was the best part.

“I love the blues, so it’s nice … to go to a place where you can just play the blues.”

The event was headlined by country blues singer Rory Block and William “Big Bill” Morganfield, son of blues legend Muddy Waters.

Dave Richardson, of Bedford County, said he’s been into blues music since he was a kid.

“I’m a big blues fan,” Richardson said. “My mom grew up in Memphis. I kind of got exposed to that stuff at an early age.”

He said Block was a big draw for him, citing her rendition of the gospel hymn “Ain’t No Grave” among his favorite songs.

“That’ll just grab you by the heart strings,” he said.

Though many of the songs Saturday were melancholy or downright mournful, with plenty of string-bending and wailing, Hunter, who sings and plays keyboard, said part of the draw of blues music is that there’s plenty of room for variation, lyrically and musically.

“It’s really just expressive as heck. You can play happy, funny. It just doesn’t matter. The blues covers a lot of things,” he said.

“It’s just a really broad umbrella.”

Judges announced the competition’s winners after the last set, before Morganfield took the stage.

First place among the full bands went to Richmond-based band “The Bush League.”

Hunter and Gunvaldson won the duo artists competition. Hunter also won the Ree Breeden Outstanding Performer award, said organizer Harry Turner, who sits on the Sedalia Center’s board.

Turner also noted that nearly 1,000 people showed up for Block and Morganfield’s performances.

“Everybody’s very excited. We had another very successful event,” he said.

 

 

Click Link To Watch Video Connected With This Article!!!

http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2010/jul/11/sedalia-blues-festival-52162-vi-11407/

 

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