Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014-2015 Nebraska Blues Challenge Winners The Hector Anchondo Band

Congratulations to the Hector Anchondo Band who will be representing the BSO in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Jan. 20-24, 2015.
See www.hectoranchondo.com

the semi-finalists were
Church House Blues Band (2nd) www.facebook.com/pages/Church-House-Blues-Band
and Drew Jude & The Cool Tones (3rd) www.facebook.com/DrewAndTheNoNameBluesBand


Many thanks The 21st Saloon, our other venues and to our other event sponsors:
Moose Lodge Recording Studio
Richard Allen Photography
The Guitar Center
Ok Fast Print
EJS Sound and Light


Learn more about the International Blues Challenge at
www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge.

Congratulations to all of the other bands that participated in the 2014-15 Nebraska Blues Challenge this year -- here are the other participating bands and their contact info:

VINTAGE
Contact: Charlie Ames
Charlies.a.ames@gmail.com

CLEAN AND EASY BLUES BAND
Contact: Rich Patton
Rpatton1947@gmail.com

NEPTUNES
Contact: John Hartley
John.r.hartley@usace.army.mil

SMOKEY B AND THE XYZ'S
Contact: Doug Hartford
Doughartford@yahoo.com

THE PEACE HOGS
Contact: Rick Mattison
Rich@peacehogs.com

CHRISTY ROSSITER & 112 NORTH DUCK
Contact: J.E. VanHorn
Je@112northduck.com

DIRTY PROPHET
Contact: Randy Jackson
4029604830

STEVE LOVETT BLUES BAND
Contact: Steve Lovett
Deerscry@aol.com

LIFE OF RILEY
Contact: Rebecca Packard
Lofriley@gmail.com

THRIFT SHOP RADIO
Contact: K.C. Kelley
kkell@kdsi.net

SWAMPBOY BLUES BAND
Contact: Tim Koehn
Tim@swampboybluesband.com

Local Talent is the future of the Blues. This is an amazing list of local talent! Look them up, follow them, tell your friends and most of all get out and give them a listen when you can. Live and local. Get out and get into it!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Band Schedule for Nebraska Blues Challenge 2014-15 announced

Schedule of Bands & Venues for the 2014-15 Nebraska Blues Challenge
The Finals will take place Sunday, September 21
at The 21st Saloon

The Nebraska Blues Challenge will send the winning band  to compete at
the  31st International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN January 20-24 2015 
  www.facebook.com/BluesSocietyofOmaha  
www.omahablues.comwww.omahablues.com
Website for the national Blues Foundation
www.blues.org



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) will host
the Fourth Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge
beginning Sunday, August 10th, 2014. 
  
Three preliminary showcase events will be held;
August 10, August 24 and September 7
with the band receiving the most points in each round
advancing to the finals.
The finals will take place Sunday, September 21.
The Nebraska Blues Challenge will send the winning band  to compete at
the  31st International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN January 20-24 2015 (www.blues.org).
  Times and venues for each round will be announced in the near future. 
The BSO invites all live music fans to attend in support of their favorite band
and to enjoy this celebration of Nebraska blues music
and our amazingly talented musicians from the area. 
Cash prizes, studio recording time and other prizes
will be given to the top three finalists as well.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Coming Soon, Nebraska Blues Challenge for 2015

Welcome to this year's
Nebraska Blues Challenge!

Watch for updates about 
August & September 2014 dates 
for the preliminaries and the final 
that will send a band to Memphis 
for the IBCs in early 2015!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Congratulations to Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, 2013-14 Nebraska Blues Challenge Winners!


CONGRATULATIONS TO   
JOSH HOYER & THE SHADOWBOXERS 
for taking first place in the Nebraska Blues Challenge FINALS
on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at The 21st Saloon!
As the winner of the Nebraska Blues Challenge, 
they will represent the BSO 
at the 2014 International Blues Challenge presented by the national Blues Foundation.
The event is January 21-25, 2014, in Memphis. 
For more information see www.blues.org/ibc.
 
For more information on the Blues Society of Omaha see www.omahablues.com  
or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/BluesSocietyOfOmaha
       
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers, BSO's 2014 International Blues Challenge band  
www.joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com
 
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO to the HECTOR ANCHONDO BAND for taking second place 
and the BACK ALLEY BLUES BAND for taking third place!
 

www.back-alley-blues.com

Thank you to all the participating bands, hosting venues, sponsors,
judges, volunteers and everyone who came out to support this
celebration of Nebraska blues music. 
Our hosting venues this year were The 21st Saloon, Lincoln's Zoo Bar and McKenna's.
We have some great local musicians. Get out and support them!

Here's a list of the prizes awarded with special thanks to our generous
prize sponsors Moose Lodge Recording Studio www.mooselodgestudio.com 
and Richard Allen Photography www.allensphoto.net

NBC 1st Place Prizes
*$1200 in Travel Expense money to compete in the 2014 International
Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 21 through January 25, 2014 – visit
www.blues.org/ibc for complete details
*$400 Cash Prize
*12 Hours of Studio Time at Moose Lodge Recording Studio
*Promotional Photo Package from Richard Allen Photography
Package valued at $360. The prize includes a studio session for the
band and each member.
*Several paid gigs in the region representing the Blues Society of Omaha
as the Nebraska Blues Challenge winner including 
the Central Iowa Blues Society’s 
Winter Blues Fest in Des Moines

NBC 2nd Place Prizes
*$300 Cash
*6 Hours of Studio Time at Moose Lodge Recording Studio

NBC 3rd Place Prizes
*$200 Cash
*4 Hours of Studio Time at Moose Lodge Recording Studio

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's 3rd annual 
NEBRASKA BLUES CHALLENGE the biggest yet!



Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Blues Society of Omaha Hosts
 Third Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge

OMAHA, NE/USA (March 5, 2013) - The Blues Society of Omaha (BSO) is hosting the Third Annual Nebraska Blues Challenge beginning Sunday, March 24. The Nebraska Blues Challenge will send the winning band on to compete in the 2014 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. Three preliminary showcase events will be held March 24, April 7 and April 21 with the band receiving the most points in each round advancing to the finals. The finals will take place Sunday, May 19th, 5 p.m. at The 21st Saloon. The BSO invites all fans to attend, support their favorite bands and discover new artists. Everyone will enjoy this celebration of Nebraska blues and its many talented musicians.
  
All local events showcase Omaha and Lincoln talent performing for the opportunity to represent the BSO in Memphis in 2014. Each event is open to the public.  A $5 cover charge goes toward the costs of sponsoring the band that will represent the BSO in the 2014 International Blues Challenge taking place in Memphis January 21 through January 25, 2014. See blues.org/ibc for more on the International Blues Challenge.

Last year’s second Nebraska Blues Challenge sent Levi William to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2013. The first-ever Nebraska Blues Challenge in 2011 sent the Lil’ Slim Blues Band to the IBCs in February 2012, where they made it into the semi-finals of the IBCs.

From an open call for entries, the following bands have submitted materials and are scheduled to perform at participating venues. For more about the Blues Society of Omaha visit omahablues.com.

Fourteen bands from the Omaha/Lincoln area are performing. Preliminary round start times vary, see below.

Sunday, March 24, Zoo Bar, 136 N. 14TH St., Lincoln, NE  zoobar.com
3:30 p.m.            Crimson Dawn
4:40 p.m.            Thrift Shop Radio
5:50 p.m.            Lou DeLuca & The R & M Blues Band
7 p.m.                 Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers

Sunday, April 7, Gator O’Malley’s, 12143 West Center Road, Omaha, NE  gatoromalleys.com
3:00 p.m.            The Honeyboy Turner Band
4:10 p.m.            Church House Blues Band
5:20 p.m.            The Neptunes
6:30 p.m.            Hector Anchondo Band
7:40 p.m.            Christy Rossiter & 112 North Duck  

Sunday, April 21, McKenna’s Blues, Booze & BBQ, 7425 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE mckennasbbb.com
3:00 p.m.            Marcos & Sabor
4:10 p.m.            Blind Willie McChitlin (MoJoPo)
5:20 p.m.            Back Alley Blues Band
6:30 p.m.            Levi William
7:40 p.m.            Drew Jude & The Cool Tones  
 
All schedules are subject to change if deemed necessary


The finals will be held at The 21st Saloon, 96th & L, on Sunday, May 19, at 5 p.m., with the three bands receiving the most points in the individual showcases advancing to the final round. Bands are scored by judges following the scoring system that is used by the International Blues Challenge.

The band selected to represent the BSO will receive a $400 cash prize and a prize package that includes $1200 toward the expenses of their trip to Memphis. Other First Place prizes include 12 hours of studio recording time from The Moose Lodge Recording Studio. See mooselodgestudio.com. Richard Allen Photography has donated a Promotional Photo Package valued at $360 for the band going to Memphis. The prize includes a studio session for the band and each member. The NBC band will also have the opportunity to perform several paid gigs in the region representing the Blues Society of Omaha as the Nebraska Blues Challenge winner, including the Central Iowa Blues Society’s Winter Blues Fest in Des Moines. Second Place finalists receive a $300 cash prize and 6 hours of Moose Lodge Studio time.
Third Place finalists receive a $200 cash prize and 4 hours of Moose Lodge Studio time.

 
The IBC has evolved into the nation's biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. Industry professionals say that winning the International Blues Challenge gives the top band the equivalent of $100,000 in blues industry awareness and publicity.  

Performing in the IBCs in Memphis is a huge opportunity for artists looking to further their professional career to a regional or national level. This is the world's largest blues gathering. Artists competing in Memphis perform in front of blues labels, promoters, booking agents, publicists and journalists. They also have the opportunity to network with other artists and professionals. Previous notable competitors in the International Blues Challenge include Tommy Castro, the late Michael Burks, Susan Tedeschi, the late Sean Costello, Trampled Under Foot, J.P. Soars, Karen Lovely, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, Watermelon Slim, Jason Ricci, Shakura S’Aida, Stacy Mitchhart and Davina & the Vagabonds.

Phoenix, AZ, bluesman Bob Corritore, Blues Music Award winner and Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient, says of the IBCs “I once thought that going to the IBCs (International Blues Challenge) was all about the band competition, and perhaps for some it is. But for a number of years now I have chosen to attend to be a part of what I feel is the bigger picture of this event. To me this event is a family gathering of blues people who come to get the feeling of community that is so powerfully demonstrated in these few days. Everyone is there for the blues, and that's a powerful thing.”

The 30th International Blues Challenge is set to begin Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and conclude on Saturday January 25, 2014. The competition will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Beale Street entertainment district.  Visit www.blues.org/ibc for additional information.

The Blues Society of Omaha is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1998. They are an all-volunteer organization. Their mission of “Keeping the Blues Alive” can be seen through their efforts in supporting blues music, musicians, venues, festivals and special events such as the Nebraska Blues Challenge. They are recognized by artists and industry leaders as one of the most active and enthusiastic blues societies in the country. Their decision to participate in the International Blues Challenge underlines their focus on showcasing Nebraska’s amazing musicians, creating a broader recognition of this talent and supporting the blues music genre at both the local and national levels. More information on the BSO can be found at www.omahablues.com, including how to support the BSO’s mission on an individual or corporate level.
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rules & Entry Form for 2013-14 NBChallenge

THANK YOU EVERYONE.
THE ENTRY PERIOD HAS CLOSED. 

We are contacting bands now and will be finalizing the Blues Challenge performance dates and posting the schedules here soon! We have 14 bands entered and are excited to start the Blues Challenge process!


Competition dates will be March 24, April 7, April 21, (May 5 if needed) with the finals being held on May 19, 2013. Performance venues will be announced after the entry period is complete. 
The winner will represent the Blues Society of Omaha at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in late January-early February 2014.

Here are the official rules for the 2013-14 Nebraska Blues Challenge, along with the official entry form (below-please scroll down on this page), as well as the latest press release and an update on prizes.

Entries will be accepted Jan. 1, 2013, through Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. This site is best viewed in Firefox. The entry form and official rules can also be found at www.omahablues.com. Entries should be emailed to NebraskaBluesChallenge@gmail.com.




UPDATE ON PRIZES: The winning band will also receive a prize package that includes $1200 toward the expenses of their trip to Memphis, a studio recording package from the Moose Lodge Recording Studio and a promotional photo package from Richard Allen Photography. The winner will also have the opportunity to perform several paid gigs in the region representing the Blues Society of Omaha as the Nebraska Blues Challenge winner.

“Winning the International Blues Challenge is better than having a $100,000 publicity budget,” says Zac Harmon, 2004 IBC winner and 2006 Blues Music Award Best New Artist.
 
The documents are loaded as .jpgs here. You can pull the Entry Form (or any document) off the blog and saved to your computer by clicking on the document and selecting Save Image As from the pop-up menu.

You may also email NebraskaBluesChallenge@gmail.com 
to request .pdf or .doc files of the Official Rules and Entry Form. Please email us if you have questions!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not already a member (see the Official Rules below), you may become a Blues Society of Omaha member/donor by visiting www.omahablues.com and selecting from the left-hand column ONLINE DONATION to become a member/donor via an online PayPal payment or selecting DONATION FORM (WORD) for a printable member/donor form. Individual memberships are $25 for one year and support the BSO's mission of keeping the blues alive in Omaha and Eastern Nebraska. Members receive an informative monthly newsletter as part of their member donation.