Press Release IBC
White Rock Blues Society
Press Release September 6, 2011.
1st Annual October Blues Fest
Sunday October 17th
The White Rock Blues Society will be holding a showcase of solo and duo blues acts from BC to determine the act that will be representing the society in Feb. 2011 at the 27th International Blues Challenge put on by The Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.
From 1:00 PM until 4:45 PM performers will be playing 20-minute sets in front of three judges who will be using the same criteria that is used in Memphis.
Following the showcase we have a great band from Seattle Washington, Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin’ Daddies. They will be playing from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! 2010 Update
Hailing from the South Puget Sound region of Washington state, Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies!, formed in 2003 by the band's guitarist Tom "T-Boy Neal" Boyle, has risen to elite status among not only blues bands in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, but among all bands in that region, and is approaching national and international recognition.
A new cd, "Big Rockin' Boogie" released on Underworld Records on June 15, 2010, shows off the group's 'under the radar' songwriting skills as well as significant musical growth; still steeped in the blues vein, but with plenty of apparent originality as well.
With awards ranging from "Best Blues Band" (Washington Blues Society in 2006 and 2007) to "Best Regional Band" (Oregon's Cascade Blues Association in 2008) to "#1 Best Band in Western Washington" (Seattle's King 5 TV in 2008 out of 300 bands, and 2nd place in 2009 out of 475 bands), Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! is one tight outfit! Add to that, numerous individual awards including "Performer of the Year" and "Vocalist of the Year" for Becki Sue, five "Electric Blues Guitarist of the Year" awards for T-Boy, three "Best Bass" awards for Les "WildChild" White, and "Best Sax" and "Best Drummer" awards for Jim King and Jeff Hayes, respectively.
Tickets are $15.00
Tapestry Music 1335 Johnson Road White Rock
Surfside Music 1645 140th St. Surrey
Pacific Inn Hotel – Ingrid call 604 318 9089
Black Pudding Imports 20243 62 Ave Langley
The Beat Merchant 160 - 12240 2nd Ave. Steveston
Last year the White Rock Blues Society sponsored The Twisters and they put on a great showing in Memphis playing at the Ground Zero Blues Club in front of a packed house for two nights. In addition they played in the International Showcase on the first night. The International Blues Challenge has two categories of blues acts. Solo & Duo acts is one and the other is Bands. Last year 125 bands and 60 solo/ duo acts from around the world performed on the famous Beale Street.
The dates for the 2011 International Blues Challenge will be February 1-5.
We will begin the week with the FedEx International Showcase (Feb 1). IBC will move to a four-day format. This new format will include 2 days of quarter- finals (Feb 2-3), one day of semi-finals (Feb 4) and concluding with finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theater (Feb 5).
The 2011 International Blues Challenge will be the 27th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 27th International Blues Challenge February 1-5, 2011 in Memphis, TN. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. In 2010, 110 bands and 80 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2011.
Those solo/duo blues acts that wish to participate must submit their names and contact information by e-mail to email@example.com by October3rd. Internet links to music or videos available for viewing will be necessary for the selection committee to review. The showcase will be limited to 8 acts performing 20-minute sets.
White Rock Blues Society
H. 604 542 6515
C. 604 733 3905