postheadericon BluesNews from the World of BluesBlues: February 2-3, 2019

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF FEBRUARY 2-3, 2019

The IBC, the International Blues Challenge wrapped up it’s weekend of competition last weekend, and the winner of the Band Competition was a band sponsored by the St. Louis Blues Society.  The Band is Ms Hy-C and Fresh Start and the winner for Solo/Duo was Jon Shain sponsored by the Triangle Blues Society.  The International Blues Challenge feature bands from all over the world, and they bring their best to this competition.  Over 250 bands compete for the top blues band honors each year.  This competition give bands the opportunity to perform on a huge state in front of blues pros in the music, recording and producing world. Even if you don’t win, the exposure you get can’t be bought.  And, the winner usually get a recording contract.  Another great job by the Blues Foundation on the presentation of the International Blues Challenge and now it’s on to the Blues Music Awards in May….If you want to see all the winners, we have a link to their winners’ page on the BluesNews Page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/#2019winners

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An up and coming talent in the blues made the transition on January 28th… 

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Mike Ledbetter, the 33 year guitarist and vocalist died of a sudden medical emergency at his home in Elgin Illinois.  He was well known not only in the Chicago area, but all over the world.  He was trained as an Opera singer, and played with the Nick Moss Band, and Monster Mike Welch.  He idolized B.B. King and had received several prestigious blues awards for his works. He was a body builder, and according to those close to him, he was a pretty healthy person.  Our condolences go out to the family of Chicago Blues Man, Mike Ledbetter.
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This is the time when you start getting it together for the Blues Awards later this year…. The Jus Blues Music awards is August 1st.  You can go on line now and get the information for what’s going on during this week of celebrating Blues Musicians that’s been in the business for eons and never get the recognition for it.  The Jus Blues Music Foundation does this every year in Tunica Mississippi and this awards show is getting bigger and better.  I’ve already booked because I like to get it out of the way….For information on The Jus Blues Music Awards in August, we have a link on our web page at bluestimeinthecity.com….
https://www.jusblues.org/

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