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JSJBF International Blues Challenge 2017-8

Contestants & Schedule Announced


Paul's Tavern ~ 1705 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ. ~ Map

Finals: Saturday, October 7th 2017 ~ 1:00 to 8:00 pm ~ $15

(doors open at 12:30 pm)

JSJBF offers a very full afternoon of music on October 7th as the JSJBF conducts our
play-offs to select the blues band that will represent us at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The audition committee has selected the participating bands, and there will be seven sets worth of music at the event (not bad for fifteen bucks,eh?).

Come on out to Paul's and listen to the best JSJBF Blues has to offer!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

1:10-1:50 VyntEdge Rock'n Blues Band
2:00-2:40 Stone Blue Band
2:50-3:30 Eddy Cooper Band
3:40-4:20 Johnny Childs Band
4:30-5:10 Sleepy James & the Up All Nights
5:20-6:00 Arlan Feiles Band
6:10-6:50 Ty Mares & the Running Dog Band

Our Judges this year will be:

Pat Arochas, Janet Goodwin Musso and Lou Acevedo

And this year's MC will be Rich Skelly

Our thanks to them for volunteering & for their expertese!

The "best-cd" entry is currently being chosen by the committee and will be announced at the competition.


Download the poster as a jpg or as a pdf.

There in no Solo/Duo competition this year.

There will be a a 10 min break between band acts.

Note to the Bands!


Well, the deadline has passed for the bands to express their interest in competing in this years JSJBF IBC Local Competition. We have 10 bands that indicated they were available for this year's competition.

I've tried to honor the requests from certain bands for particular dates and times due to paying gigs on the various nights. If anyone has a problem with their assigned date or time please let me know but it will be tough to switch things at this point.

As previously indicated there will be 30 minute sets with 10 minute set up between each band. 3 bands from each night will advance to the finals on Oct 17.

Make sure you start promoting the event on Facebook and the other social media's and send out the information to your fans on your email lists.

- Gene Idanza, JSJBF 2015-6 Co-chair


You can review the competition rules HERE


See 2010 challenge photos Round 1~ Round 2 by Sarah Pritchard.

Photos by Dennis M. Czund (Click on a photo for a high-resolution image)

JSJBF International Blues Competition 2017-8

Bands being chosen now.

One afternoon only this year!

Finals: Sat., October 7th, 2017, 1 pm - 7 pm

$15 admission, doors open 12.30, music starts at 1

Paul's Tavern 1705 Main Street, Lake Como. Map

Join us for one afternoon of great music as we select who will be JSJBF's representatives to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next near.

International Blues Competition Page | Paul's Tavern Homepage

Featured Band

Outside The Box

Outside The Box, JSJBF Member since 2005.

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