The Road to Memphis happening in Decatur in October


It will be held on Saturday October 15, 2016 at Pop's Place in Decatur IL. Info and entry form are available at www.decaturblues.org.  

Most of the more than 190 Blues Societies will hold their own Blues Challenge. The winners of these events will go to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge Jan 31 through Feb 4, 2017. In Memphis, bands and solo/duo acts will compete for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. 

This 5 day event consists of 2 days of quarter final competition, 1 day of semi finals and culminates on Saturday with the winning acts competing in the finals at the Orpheum Theatre. The event also includes a meet & greet on the first night, several workshops throughout the event along with a luncheon for the “Keeping the Blues Alive” presentations. Beale Street will be alive with more Blues than you can possibly listen to.The Decatur Blues Society is looking for a band to represent us in Memphis. The winner of the band competition will receive $1000 to help offset their expenses in competing.

The deadline for entry is October 8, 2016. See entry forms for more information and entry requirements. We will follow the International Blues Foundation rules http://www.blues.org/#ref=ibc_rules including the No Mustang Sally Rule"and scoring criteria http://www.blues.org/#ref=ibc_scoring.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 8, 2016.

There is no entry fee but one member of the band must be a member of Decatur Blues Society.

Drum kit will be provided but drummers must furnish their own cymbals and pedal. If they wish, they may use their own snare. 

Sound System for the venue will be provided. 

Bands must furnish their own amps.

ALL DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES ARE FINAL.


                     CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM


Roger Meridith  

President, Decatur Blues Society                                                    

 decaturilbluessociety@yahoo.com                                                                                              

ph 217-855-4262                                                    

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