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Triangle Blues Society 2019 Blues Challenge + Competitors Announced!

September 1, 2019  ·  Sunday * 3-8 * $10 / TBS Members get $2 back or 2 TBS stickers or $2 off merch!


Durham, NC – The Triangle Blues Society 2019 Blues Challenge originally scheduled for Sunday, August 4, 2019 has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2019, 3-8pm at The Blue Note Grill, Durham NC.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

TBS members bring your membership card to the membership table and receive either $2 back, 2 TBS stickers, or $2 off any of our Koozies and T-Shirts.

TBS is proud to announce the 2019 TBS Blues Challenge competition artists:


Dillon & Son (Cary)
Misty Mayhem (Durham)
Ruth Wyand & the Tribe of One (Kill Devil Hills)


Big Jim Kohler Band (New Bern)
Cory Luetjen & the Traveling Blues Band (Asheboro)
The Evans Blues Band (Henderson)
Shugr & Spyce Bluesband (Wake Forest)

There will also be 2 raffles:  a 50/50, plus tickets to win a 1995 Stratocaster completely reworked with a new Fender neck, valued at $800 – $1000 and generously donated by Auman Parrish. Only 200 tickets will be sold. $20 each or 3 for $50. Drawing date will be by Dec. 31, 2019.

The TBS Blues Challenge is a local blues competition in two categories – solo/duo and band. Winners earn the right to travel to Memphis, TN, to further compete in the 36th International Blues Challenge (IBC) held January 28–February 1, 2020. The IBC is sponsored by The Blues Foundation (BF) and consists of winners from affiliate societies worldwide.

TBS sponsors the annual Blues Challenge and works with winners throughout the process to raise the money to support their travel to the IBC. TBS Corporate Sponsors include The Blue Note Grill, Stage Left Audio Productions, and SweetWater Farm.

About the Challenge

When: September 1, 2019  3-8pm

Where: The Blue Note Grill, 709 Washington St., Durham, NC 27701

About: Each year The Blues Foundation sponsors a world-wide blues challenge. The largest gathering of blues musicians IN THE WORLD! Affiliates from all over the globe send their winning Band and Solo/Duo Challenge acts for the opportunity to participate in the International Blues Challenge (IBC), Memphis, TN. This year’s IBC will begin Tues., Jan. 28, 2020, with the actual competition (quarter finals) beginning Wed., Jan. 29, proceeding with semi-finals, then Finals culminating at the grand Orpheum Theatre on Sat., Feb. 1.

Band’s winnings include: $3K, Great gigs, including: Legendary Rhythm and Blues – Caribbean Cruise; Heritage Blues Festival, Wheeling, WV; Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride, CO; Eureka Springs Blues Weekend, Eureka Springs, AR; Gladstone Summer Time Blues Fest, Gladstone, MO; Levitt Shell Concert Series, Memphis, TN; Big Blues Bender, Las Vegas, NV; and MORE! 2nd and 3rd place winners get a sweet package, as well!

Solo/Duo winnings include: $2,500, Legendary Rhythm and Blues – Left Coast Cruise; Heritage Blues Festival Wheeling, WV; Alonzo’s Memorial Day Picnic, Baltimore, MD; Hot Springs Blues Festival, Hot Springs, AR, and much more!

More than half (at least 51%) of any performing group must be legal residents of North Carolina and be members of the Triangle Blues Society as of July 31, 2019.