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Eight acts compete to win a spot in the 2017 International Blues Challenge!

2017 International Blues Challenge Competition
The Grand River Blues Society (GRBS) is hosting a regional competition to select its representatives for the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy an afternoon of great blues!

The competition will take place at Bobby O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Kitchener on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from noon to 5:30 pm. There will be a $5 cover charge, which will go to the winning acts to defray their travel expenses.

The contestant performance schedule is:

VAT Blues Band (Cambridge) 12:00 pm
Alfie Smith (Hamilton) 12:40 pm
Ashen Blue (Kitchener) 1:20 pm
NoBones (London) 2:00 pm
Ian Andrews & The Smokin’ Scoundrels (Guelph) 2:40 pm
Silvia Dee & The Boyfriend (Waterloo) 3:20 pm
Elliott & The Audio Kings (Kitchener) 4:00 pm
Andre Bisson (Hamilton) 4:40 pm

One band and one solo/duo act will win the chance to represent the Grand River Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The IBC is the world’s largest gathering of blues musicians.  The 2017 edition will be held January 31 to February 4, 2017, in venues on Memphis’ fabled Beale Street.




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