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Monday, June 29, 2009

2009 Iowa Solo Duo Blues Challenge


For Immediate Release-June 26, 2009

The Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Valley Blues Society and Lizard Creek Blues Society are seeking applicants for the 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge Solo/Duo competition. A one round competition will be held in Des Moines, Iowa at Blues on Grand on Sunday, August 9, starting at 5 PM. The winner of the Challenge will receive a cash prize along with travel expenses and will represent the Blues Societies of Iowa at the International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo competition in Memphis early next year.

The competition is open to any solo or duo act from the state of Iowa. “Solo/Duo” is defined as any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed. Participants will be judged by the same criteria that are used in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. Each band is judged based on Blues Content, Talent, Originality and Stage Presence.

Any artist whose name has appeared on a final Handy/Blues Music Award ballot is ineligible. No other entry restrictions apply. This means that management contracts, booking agent contracts, recording contracts, performance contracts (even those that include regular television or radio broadcast) and nationally distributed recordings have no bearing on eligibility.

Applications may be downloaded Entries must be postmarked by July 15, 2009.
For more information, call 515-225-6638.

The 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge is proudly sponsored by Central Iowa Blues Society, Mississippi Blues Society, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Budweiser and Citadel Broadcasting/94.9KGGO & 98.3WOW.

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