UKBlues Challenge will be taking place at the Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club, Poynton, Cheshire on Saturday 14th September 2019.
Doors open at 18.30 and the evening will close at around 23.15
Tickets priced at £17.50 (plus booking fee) seated and £15.00 (plus booking fee) standing are now on sale and can only be purchased via SeeTickets.com at this link:
Demand for tickets is already very high and there is a very limited number of tickets available so, to avoid disappointment, we do urge you to get yours now before they are all gone.
Participants in this year’s UKBlues Challenge were announced over a period of five weeks and they are, in alphabetical order:
Crossfire Blues Band
In addition, one of the four bands selected to play under the Jessica Foxley Stages banner at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival will be chosen by representatives of the Jessica Foxley Stages project to participate in the UKBlues Challenge.
The Foundation Blues in Zaanstad, Organizer of the EBC-2020, to be organized 17-18 April 2020, expects a full house during both nights. In order to give all European blues lovers an equal opportunity to get tickets, it has been decided to prepare an order form with which each person can show his/her interest. Each individual can pre-order one or two tickets. The pre-order period has started 1 June and will end 31 July. During the month of August everyone who has sent in his/her pre-order properly will receive information on how to order and pay for the ticket(s) with iDeal, credit-card etc. We kindly ask our national organisations to promote it.
Please note that those EBU active members who have paid for their membership fee for 2020 in due course will automatically have their tickets reserved for them without this pre-order and paying scheme. More information at https://www.ebc2020.nl/
Five non-American young guys (on a total of 40 students) were in Clarksdale for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop and had great blues moments with their teachers, all great stars from the American Blues scene.
Two of them were supported by EBU, Will Hemy from UK and Evan Guenebault from France, both guitar players, and enjoyed the lessons and masterclasses with the great Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin.
After 4 nights of jam sessions at Hopson Commissary, the final showcase took place at the famous Ground Zero Blues Club where all the students had the opportunity to show the results of this amazing workshop.
Thanks to all the teachers, Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger, Anthony Geraci, Fiona Boyes, Phil Wiggins, Heather Crosse, Lee Williams … and to Pat Morgan and all the Board at Pinetop Perkins Foundation.
French Blues Challenge
The association France Blues has organized in collaboration with the Toulouse Blues Society a new edition of the France Blues Challenge that every year takes place in a different festival. This year the event was held at The Guitare en Save Festival, in a beautiful open air place in the middle of the countryside and near Toulouse. The challenge chooses the artists who will represent France at the European Blues Challenge, as well as the solo/duo and band which will also represent France at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Jury Members, Roser and Fred with
Robert Mauries (Cahors Blues Festival) &
Luc Tran Van (President of Toulouse Blues Society)
This time there were six finalists -4 bands and 2 solo/duo-, all with an amazing quality. After 20 minutes playing the selected ones were:
La Bedoune as solo/duo for IBC in Memphis
Thomas Doucet & The G.Lights as band for IBC in Memphis
Jessie Lee & The Alchemists for EBC 2020 in Zaandam (Netherlands)
Congratulations to winners and all participants!!
The night ended with an incredible show ny Nico Wayne Toussaint.
Roser with EBC 2020 French band, Jessie Lee & The Alchemists
We had the chance to meet Mr Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, for his concert in Milano at The Alcatraz, with his band, The Disciples Of Soul on June 13th and, thanks to Jeremy Tufano of Renegade Nation, discuss briefly with him some aspects related to the Little Steven Blues School that will be held in Notodden at the end of July.
His wise suggestions related to expand the educational projects to othe european festivals will be soon discussed with the Board and we will work on it as from 2020. We are happy that Mr Van Zandt, also with his project teachrock is promoting the musical culture all around the world, as his live exìhibitions clearly demonstrate!
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There are still places for Little Steven Blues School for young musicians supported by EBU: https://www.europeanbluesunion.com/ebu-blues-school-in-norway-2019/
Kyla Brox EBC 2019 Winner, will be in Hell next September!
After The Azores in Norway for one of the many gigs thanks to the European Blues Challenge Awarding festivals!
Two of our board members attended at the 30th Bluesfest Eutin (Germany) where a huge European blues community coming from Denmark, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Spain, France and of course Germany is present every year.
For their 3 decades of involvement in the blues, Barbara Bloch, Helge Nickel and all the volunteers imagined a nice program with contestant and past winners of the European Blues Challenges like Richie Arndt (2011, 2019), Latvian Blues Band (2013), Fried Okra (2018) and The Ragtime Rumours (2018) but also with European and American acts like Jonathon “Boogie” Long, Sean Chambers and Dustin Arbuckle. Thanks to Eutin Bluesfest to Keep The Blues Alive!
There are still places for European Students that want to experience the Little Steven Blues School that will be held in Notodden from July 28th to Agust 1st.
If you are interested follow this link: https://www.europeanbluesunion.com/ebu-blues-school-in-norway-2019/
Call for Applications end on June 15th!