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BBS Band contest

Postby Bob BBS on August 7th, 2009, 12:34 pm

BALTIMORE BLUES SOCIETY REGIONAL
2009 BLUES TALENT COMPETITION

The BBS is offering bands the opportunity to participate in The Blues Foundation's 26th Annual International Blues Challenge. Past winners of this event have received cash, studio time, recording contracts and showcased appearances. Following the guidelines of the Blues Foundation (http://www.blues.org), the BBS will offer the Baltimore Blues Challenge to take place Sat. Nov.28. Our local winner will represent the BBS at the IBC set for January 20-23, 2010 in Memphis, TN.

- The competition is open to any Maryland/D.C./P.A./Del./Va. area based blues band/performer with at least one band member that is a Member of the BBS on or before the contest.

- Entrants may not have been nominated for a Blues Music Award (Handy Award).

- Interested performers must submit a demo recording to the BBS. The BBS may waive this requirement at its discretion.

- Each entry will be judged based on the criteria established by The Blues Foundation. Three to four entrants will be selected based on the criteria to participate in the finals of our competition.

The criteria that performers will be judged by are:
* TALENT/Vocal Skills: The act's level of vocal and instrumental skill
* BLUES CONTENT: This is a Blues competition. Acts are expected to play an all blues set. As Blues music is a widely defined genre, judges will have to rely on their best judgement in this category.
* ORIGINALITY: Originality of interpretation. Acts are expected to perform original material at The Challenge. This does not preclude a band from cover songs. It should, however, discourage a band from performing a note-for-note rendition of another artist's song.
* STAGE PRESENCE: Determining factors include showmanship, presentation, appearance and use of stage time.

ENTRY FORM & MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCT 16, 2009
Finalists will notified asap

The winner and runner up of the Baltimore Blues Challenge will receive a cash prize at our local contest. The winner receives cash toward Memphis travel expenses and hotel reservations, to finance their trip to the 26th Annual International Blues Challenge. The local winner will also be booked at Alonzo's Memorial Picnic or another BBS event.
To enter simply fill out the application (on site soon) and submit it with recording, bio material, and band photo to:
or submit above with name, band BBS member and contact info.
BALTIMORE BLUES SOCIETY
BLUES BAND COMPETITION
P.O. BOX 4522
Baltimore, Md. 21212
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