BACK TO BEALE STREET




"Back To Beale Street" is the South Sound Blues Association's local competition held each year to select the Washington State blues band and solo/duo act which will represent the SSBA at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge which takes place annually in Memphis, Tennessee. See SSBA Band-Solo/Duo Application and Rules, and see Additional Terms.

We would like to invite all Pacific Northwest Blues Musicans to participate in our International Blues Challenge preliminary band/solo-duo act competition to represent the South Sound Blues Association in Memphis, TN next .January 21- January25, 2014
 
Our preliminary competition will be held at Jazzbones on Sunday, June 1st  starting at 4:00 PM.  Each band/solo-duo act will compete in front of a panel of three judges. Each band will perform a 25 minute set and the solo/duo acts a 20 minute set. The solo/duo act winner will be announced at Jazzbones. The top four finalists from Jazzbones will advance and compete at the July 4th Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show and the winner will go to Memphis.
 
The SSBA will help offset the winners expense to Memphis by contributing up to $4000 for the winning band and up to $1000 for the solo/duo act local winner.


Acts representing Blues Foundation Affiliate Member associations and societies from around the world gather together for four days to compete in the only international event of its kind. Each act initially performs two sets on separate evenings in their assigned venue, judged by an international panel of music industry professionals who determine the four semi-finalists from each group of quarter-finalists. From the semi-finalists performing on the third night of the competition, one act from each venue advances to the finals on Saturday. See Scoring Criteria and Official Rules.

IBC winners and finalists can look forward to national recognition in the form of recording contracts, invitations to appear at blues festivals, blues cruises and blues venues throughout the country.


"Back to Beale Street" Winners for 2014
Representing Sound Sound Blues Association in Memphis


To see the competition action, CLICK HERE


See pictures of Sunday, November 3, 2013 fundraiser at Jazzbones.

Arthur Migliazza won the Solo/Duo act and will be representing the SSBA in Memphis at the IBC in January!

Blues Redemption
2013 IBC Band Representatives

Blues Redemption would like to thank you for choosing us to represent The SSBA in Memphis in January. All the bands in the competition were terrific and worthy of representing the SSBA. We're committed to continuing to improve on our performance in order to represent the SSBA in the best light possible as we strive to be the best we can be in Memphis.
  Sincerely,
Blues Redemption

Solo/Duo Act
Nolan Garrett


Nolan Garrett
2013 IBC Solo/Duo
Representatives
The Red Hot Blues Sisters
2012 IBC Band Representatives


Teri Anne Wilson - Guitar
Suze Sims - Vocals
Greg Lyons - Trumpet
Mike Tooley - Trombone
Scott Rongey - Drums
Walt Steinbach - Bass

Jumpin' Josh & Felicia
2012 IBC Solo/Duo
Representatives

Josh Violette - Guitar/Vocals
Felicia Agrelius - Drums





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The Randy Oxford Band
2011 IBC Band Representatives

From left:
Randy Oxford - Trombone
Rafael Tranquilino - Guitar/Vocals
Richard Sabol - Drums/Percussion
Jada Amy - Vocals
Farko Dosumov - Bass
Jho Blenis - Guitar
JD Hobson
2011 IBC Solo/Duo
Representative

We're proud to have JD returning to Memphis as our solo/duo entrant in this year's competition. While making the finals would be a great reward, we know that JD's appetite for soaking up and sharing the blues will leave an impression on all who listen.

Blues Redemption
2010 IBC Band Representatives








Fundraiser 1, Fundraiser 2, Finals
The Michal Miller Band
2009 IBC Band Representatives

From left:
John Michael Colvin - Drums
Danny Michal - Keyboards/Harmonica
Preston Miller - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Joe Hendershot - Bass
Son Jack Jr. &
Michael Wilde

2009 IBC Solo/Duo
Representatives





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The Red Hot
Blues Sisters

2008 IBC Band Representatives

From left:
Teri Anne Wilson - Lead Guitar
Suze Sims - Vocals
Patrick McDanel - Bass
John Oliver - Drums

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The Michal Miller Band
2007 IBC Band Representatives

From left:
Joe Hendershot - Bass
Pete Marzano - Drums
Danny Michal - Keyboards/Harmonica
Preston Miller - Lead Guitar/Vocals




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The Randy Oxford Band
2006 IBC Band Representatives

From left:
Jerry Lee Davidson - Guitar
Hank Yanda - Bass
Virginia Klemens - Guitar/Vocals
Randy Oxford - Trombone
Ricky Hudson - Drums
Steve Blood - Guitar


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