The 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge

Round 1 - Sunday April 27, The D Note

12:45 Norm & Abnormal Norman
1:20 The Ajax Blues Band
1:55 Papa Juke
2:30 Johnny Johnston...
3:05 The Roustabouts
3:40 Mojomama
4:15 Mojo Medicine Show
4:50 Musketeer Gripweed
5:25 The Undertone Blues Band

Round 2 - Sunday May 4, Dickens Opera House

2:00 Deborah Stafford and Stone Soup
2:35 The Randall Dubis Band
3:10 The Dr. Izzy Band
3:45 Cary Morin
4:20 Three Shots
4:55 Eef and the Blues Express
5:30 The Dale Cisek Band
6:15 Andy Sydow
6:50 Another Perfect Circus

The Colorado Blues Society is launching its annual competition for the 2015 Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge. The IBC is an international search conducted by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations (local blues societies from around the world) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts that are ready to break out and perform on a national stage, but need perhaps that one extra break. This competition will give the winning band tremendously valuable exposure. In Memphis you will gain terrific contacts from other bands, promoters and record companies. This competition has been called “more valuable than $100,000 in marketing” for the winning band. This is the road to Memphis for our local talent as we have sent 5 acts to the semi-finals and 3 to the finals in the last 3 years alone!There are two categories, band competition and solo/duo competition.
The local winner in each category competes in the IBC in Memphis, TN from January 20th– 24th, 2015. CBS will be assisting the winners with expenses for Memphis. During the last 3 years CBS raised over $5000 each year that was divided between our winning acts to help finance their way to Memphis.  

The Colorado Blues Challenge will begin on Sunday April 27th. Winners of each preliminary round will compete in the CBS finals to be held June 1st. Once the number of entrants has been determined, we will be contacting all bands and performers with a more detailed schedule.

The entry fee is $25 and a competing band must be a current CBS Business member. You can become a business member here.
Being a CBS Business member will benefit your band throughout the year. Your membership gets your gigs listed on the CBS website calendar, in each issue of The Holler (members magazine), and also in the Weekly Updates sent out to all of our 500 members. Your CBS membership also gives you discounts in The Holler & Weekly Update for any ads you wish to place.

Deadline for entries is April 10th.  All fees must be paid before hand.
Please contact Kyle Deibler ( with ANY questions concerning the competition. 
Entrants will be divided in Preliminary competitions April 27th and May 4th with the FINALS being Sunday,
June 1, 2014.
** We’re aware that schedule conflicts can arise and we will ask you to indicate the dates you are available to compete when compiling the schedule for the CBS Blues Challenge.  

IBC Official Rules
2014 Blues Challenge Application

CBS IBC Past Band Winners:

2014 Band - Bad Brad and the Fat Cats - Competed in the IBC Finals

2013 Band – Dan Treanor & Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown
(Dan Treanor & Afrosippi fea. Ercia Brown took 3rd Place in the 2013 Band Finals Competition)

2012 Band - Delta Sonics

2011 Band - Lionel Young Band
(The Lionel Young Band was the overall winner in the 2011 Band Competition)

2010 Band - Boa & The Constrictors

2009 Band - The Johnny O Band

2008 Band - The Erica Brown Band

CBS IBC Past Solo/Duo Winners:

2014 Solo/Duo - Cary Morin

2013 Solo/Duo – Jack Yoder

2012 Solo/Duo - Johnny O.

2011 Solo/Duo - Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen
( Big Jim & John advanced to the 2011 Solo/Duo Finals Competition)

2010 Solo/Duo - Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen

2009 Solo/Duo - Ben Stevens

2008 Solo/Duo - Lionel Young
(Lionel Young was the overall winner in the 2008 Solo/Duo Competition)

More info on the Blues Foundation and the IBC