25th Annual River City Blues Competition
The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society announce the 25th annual River City Blues Competition, the oldest blues competition in the state of Ohio, held on February 17 & 18, 2017, at the Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front Street, Marietta OH.
Participants compete for sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The first place winner of The River City Blues Competition in 2017 will receive $1,000 in cash and $500 more when they register for the IBC in Memphis early in 2018 where they will gain valuable exposure to record label A&R representatives and Blues industry professionals and festival promoters capable of real career advancement for a serious blues musician. Second place will receive $500 and 3rd place $300. If one of them qualifies to go to Memphis on the Blues, Jazz, and Folk Music (BJFM) stage, they will receive an additional $500 when they register for the Challenge. There will be 12 slots in the competition. The big winners however, are the blues fans who enjoy a weekend of great blues entertainment. . Past participants have come from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Italy and Israel.
Schedule of Events
Friday, February 17, 2017 – Pre Competition Dance Party
8 PM – Roadhouse Redeemed Semifinalists at the 2017 IBC
9:30 PM – Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers high energy rockin’ blues – back from their 2016 Fall European Tour.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 12 noon to 6 PM Competition Lineup
12 – 12:20 Paul the Resonator w/ Vince Farabaugh (Duo) – Shepherdstown, W.V.
12:30 – 12:50 Atom Lax (4pc. Band ) – Dover, Oh.
1 – 1:20 Erin Coburn Band ( 3pc. Band ) – Union, Ky.
1:30 – 1:50 Scott Horn ( Solo ) – Akron, Oh.
2 – 2:20 Everett and Delta Storm ( 4pc. Band ) – Cincinnati, Oh.
2:30 – 2:50 Satoru Nakagawa ( Solo ) – Boston, Mass.
3 – 3:20 Willie Phoenix and The Soul Underground ( 4pc. Band ) – Columbus, Oh.
3:30 – 3:50 Luther & Cedric “ Lightning Blues “ ( Duo ) – Lorain, Oh.
4 – 4:20 Gough-Martin Blues Band ( 4pc. Band ) – South Union, Ky.
4:30 – 4:50 John Osborne Farley ( Solo ) – Freedom, Pa.
5 – 5:20 Deuce and a Quarter ( 5pc. Band ) – Columbus, Oh.
5:30 – 5:50 L’il Red and The Rooster ( 3pc. ) – France / Columbus, Oh.
( 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners to be announced A.S.A.P. following Competition ! )
approximately 6 PM dinner break
8-8:30 PM – Second or Third place Competition winner our IBC Representative
8:45-9:15 – First place Competition winner our IBC Representative
9:30 PM – Southern Avenue from Memphis. Finalists at the 2016 IBC
Winners at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the city considered by many as the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll, receive cash and prizes such as professional consultations and assistance, gigs at some of the country’s best festivals, interviews in the world’s leading Blues publications, free website design and hosting, and even a slot on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
For information and tickets/weekend passes contact Mary Ann Osborne 304-422-2944 or Helen Holt 304-615-7997 or Peggy Bolen 740-376-0222. Weekend pass to all events – $60 member/$75 non-member. Friday night $20 member/$25 non-member. Saturday afternoon $20 member/$25 non-member. Saturday night $25 member/$30 non-member.