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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POE’S PUB… Let’s All Go!!!

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THE BUSH LEAGUE HOMECOMING 2012!!!

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So you all have heard the story; JohnJay and Royce are sitting on JohnJay’s front porch, Royce with newly acquired Black Betty in hand plucking notes and JohnJay singing songs decide to see how this would do on a stage.  JohnJay finds out that there is an Open Mic happening at the top of Shockoe Bottom at Poe’s Pub, hosted by the one and only Jim Daab!  They eventually run into Shane there and the rest is history!

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It’s been three years since they’ve stepped on this stage, and with the group revving up for the release of their first studio album Can Of Gas & A Match in December, this night is sure to be one not to miss!!!  

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JohnJay @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

Royce @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

Shane @ Poe’s Pub’s Tuesday Night Open Mic w/ Jim Daab 06.26.07

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Thought you all might get a chuckle out of those!  Thank you SV for the pictures from waaaaay back when!!!  If you are not, You should Support your Local Music scene; You never know what might happen!!!

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