Windy City Blues IBC Entries
International Blues Challenge Results
Our representatives have returned safe and sound from Memphis and the 2011 International Blues Challenge. These three groups did a marvelous job of representing the Windy City Blues Society and Chicago. Our band representative Rob Blaine and Big Otis Blues took third place honors for the Band Competition. Rob also won the Best Guitarist Award as well! Given the international nature of this competition and the fact that close to 200 bands competed, this is an impressive accomplishment.
While they didn’t advance to the prize rounds Donna Herula and John Jochem, our entry for the Solo/Duo competition, raised the profile of their duo act with a strong performance in Memphis. Finally, Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine, our entry in the Youth Showcase, turned quite a few heads during their set.
The WCBS would like to congratulate all of our representatives for a job well done! They have made the WCBS and Chicago proud.
Windy City Blues IBC Entries
|Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues have made it to the ICB Finals being held in Memphis, TN right now! Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues was the winner of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge Award 2011! Super congratulations and good luck in the next round.
Congratulations to the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge Committee members! Blackjack contributed mightily to this post too.
27th IBC Finalists Announced
Here are the finalists announced last night at the conclusion of the semi-finals. They are listed in the order in which they will perform at the finals at the Orpheum theater tonight. The band finals will begin at 2:00pm (doors open at 1:00pm) and the Solo/Duo finals will begin at 7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm).
1. Randy Oxford Band – South Sound Blues Association
2. Stevie J & the Blues Eruption – Central Mississippi Blues Society
3. Grand Marquis – Topeka Blues Society
4. Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues – Windy City Blues Society
5. Alex Wilson – Grafton Blues Association
6. The Lionel Young Band – Colorado Blues Society
7. The Sugar Prophets – Illinois Central Blues Club
8. The Mary Bridget Davies Group – Kansas City Blues Society
1. Back Porch Stomp – Washington Blues Society
2. Izzy & Chris – West Virginia Blues Society
3. George Schroeter & Marc Breitfelder – Baltic Blues
4. The Juke Joint Devils – Massachusetts Blues Society
5. “Sweet Taste” Kennedy – Canal Bank Shuffle
6. The Mighty Orq – Houston Blues Society
7. Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen – Colorado Blues Society
8. JT Blues – Billtown Blues Association
Congratulations to the finalists. Wow, well done my friends.
It’s cold outside in Chicago and it’s Memphis or Bust! Warm up at La Rosas Bar & Pizza. on Saturday, January 22 with Jamiah On Fire and the Red Machine, winners of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge Youth Award. Showtime 2:00p.
La Rosas Bar & Pizza, 6817 S. Indianapolis Blvd, Hammond, IN
It’s cold outside in Chicago and it’s Memphis or Bust! Warm up at B.L.U.E.S. on Friday, January 28 with Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues, winners of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge Award. Showtime 9:30p.
B.L.U.E.S., 2519 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL
It’s cold outside in Chicago and it’s Memphis or Bust! Warm up at C. J. Arthur’s on Saturday, January 15 with Donna Herula and John Jochem, winners of the WCBS Chicago Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Award. Showtime 8:30p.
C. J. Arthur’s, 1168 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL Saturday, January 15th 8:30p
Please join the Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted (2519 N. Halsted, Chicago) on Sunday, December 12 at 9:30 pm for a fundraiser to support Rob Blaine’s Big Otis Blues, the winners of the Band Competition of the Chicago Blues Challenge (CBC). As a direct result of their victory, we are sending Rob Blaine his band to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge during the first week in February. In order to accomplish this, the WCBS will be holding fundraisers in December and January for the performers who will represent us in Memphis. Proceeds from these fundraising events along with funds raised at all the CBC events will enable the WCBS to send these performers to Memphis.
Chicago, we need your help! Last year our representatives made a big splash at the IBCs and we intend to do the same again this year. Let’s show the international blues community what Chicago has to offer! Join us on Sunday, December 12 for a great night of blues for a worthy cause and watch this site for upcoming events in support of all our CBC winners. For those wishing to help us send our artists to Memphis but are unable to attend one of our fundraisers, please send checks to the address below payable to the Windy City Blues Society with the words “Memphis or Bust!” in the subject line.
Windy City Blues Society
Chicago Blues Challenge
PO Box 7389
Chicago, IL 60680-7389
November 7 finals at Buddy Guy’s, sizzlin’ set that knocked everyone off their feet by the
youth showcase band Jemiah on Fire & the Red Machine, then showcase by solo / duo
winners Donna Herula & John Jochem. Then came the finals for the band competition,
which was tough! There were so many good musicians waiting for the chance to
represent, but the honors went to Rob Blaine & Big Otis Band. Look out Memphis!
|November 7, 2010|
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Come one, come all… and tell your friends! The Chicago Blues Challenge Finals comes to an exciting conclusion at Buddy Guy’s Legends, on Sunday, November 7th. Music starts at 7:00pm. The Finals will feature first and second place winners from the band competitions: Charlie Love, Rob Blaine & Big Otis Blues, Chainsaw Dupont,and Doug James & the Pocket. They will be pitted against “Wild Card” competitors Charles “Delta Blues Hog” Hayes and J.B. Ritchie. With six great blues bands and only one winner, this will be an explosive night of Chicago Blues.
We will also showcase our Youth Competition winners Jemiah “On Fire” & the Red Machine and our Solo/Duo winners Donna Herula & John Jochem.
It is sure to be a great night of blues, as our final six bands will be putting their best foot forward in order to impress the judges and win over new fans. Please come to support the Windy City Blues Society, as we raise money to send the final winning band down to Memphis in February for the 2011 International Blues Challenge! Only $15 at the door will get you great sets from eight great performers! So get a baby sitter, set the DVR, and get out Sunday, November 7th for a night of great Chicago Blues.
Come one, come all… and tell your friends! The Chicago Blues Challenge will return to the Heartland Café, 7000 N Glenwood Avenue, this coming Sunday, October 24, for the third round of this year’s highly-anticipated series of shows. Music starts at 7:00pm. The Band Competition will feature Charles “Delta Blues Hog” Hayes, Rob Blaine, Rick Simcox & the ToneQuesters, and Doug James & the Pocket. The Youth Competition will pit Jemiah “On Fire” & the Red Machine versus the Hix Brothers All-Stars.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the Heartland Café is open for business. Come early for dinner and stay for the music- The Heartland Café has one of the best menus on the North Side.
It is sure to be a great night of blues, as all six bands will be putting their best foot forward in order to impress the judges and win over new fans. Please come to support the Windy City Blues Society, as we raise money to send the final winning band down to Memphis in February for the 2011 International Blues Challenge! Only $10 at the door will get you great sets from SIX different bands! So get a baby sitter, set the DVR, and get out this Sunday for a night of great CHICAGO Blues!
Congratulations to Charlie Love, who came in first in Round 2 of the 2010 Chicago Blues Challenge. Chainsaw Dupont placed second! Both move on to the CBC finals at Buddy Guy’s Legends on Sunday, November 7. Don’t miss it… mark your calendars!
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The bands that performed on October 14th included two acts which participated in the Challenge last year, Charlie Love and Chainsaw Dupont, as well as newcomers to the CBC, J.B. Ritchie, Harry Garner and Dawn O’Keefe Williams.
In the words of radio DJ Paul Parello, “Congratulations to Charlie Love and Chainsaw Dupont who will be moving on in the WCBS 2010 Blues Challenge competition. Also congratulations to the other performers, J.B. Ritchie who proved once again that he is one of the finest guitar players in Chicago, Harry Garner who can put it down, and Dawn O’Keefe Williams and her band for a great set… Great night of blues!”