MBAS Blues Challenge
Each year, the aim of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s "MBAS Blues Challenge" is to find the best possible Blues Band and Blues Solo/Duo artists to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN, USA.
Applications are now open for the 2017 MBAS Blues Challenge (SOLO/DUO category).
Application DEADLINE for SOLO/DUO entries is 9pm TUESDAY 20th JUNE 2017.
Heats & Final will take place at The Flemington Bowls Club during the week: 3rd July - Sun 9th July 2017.
DOWNLOAD RULES & ENTRY FORM HERE
Blues Challenge proudly presented by
MBAS also acknowledges all its other sponsors for their support of this contest
MBAS Blues Challenge is open to any Blues act meeting the criteria below:
All members of the Blues act must be 18 years old or over.
All members of the Blues act must be a permanent resident of Victoria.
All members of the Blues act must be or become financial members of the MBAS with the completion of the Entry Form.
If the Blues act wins the MBAS Blues Challenge, all the members of the act must all remain financial members up to and after the IBC date (January 2018).
The winning Blues act of the MBAS Blues Challenge is able to re-enter for no more than two consecutive years.
Any Blues act who has previously won first place at the IBC (USA) is ineligible to re-enter the MBAS Blues Challenge
2016 Contest Results
Congratulations to all 2016 entrants in the MBAS Blues Challenge BAND and SOLO/DUO categories.
The WINNERS of the finals are the '2016 MBAS Blues Performer of the Year' in their respective categories.
- SOLO/DUO Category: Dan Dinnen
- BAND Category: Jesse Valach presents Blues Mountain
These talented acts travelled to Memphis in January 2017 to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the International Blues Challenge (IBC).
2015 Contest Results
Blues Performer of the Year 2015 Solo/Duo was held at the Royal Standard Hotel, West Melbourne on Sunday, 12 July. The Band category was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 18 October.
1st Place - Band: Dreamboogie
1st Place - Solo: Miss Whiskey
2014 Contest Results
Blues Performer of the Year 2014 was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 19th October.
1st Place: Three Kings - Band
1st Place: John McNamara - Solo
2013 Contest Results
Blues Performer of the Year 2013 was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 27th October..
1st Place: Rod Paines Fulltime Lovers
The Three Tones
2012 Contest Results
Blues Performer of the Year 2012 was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 28th October..
1st Place: Andrea Marr Band
2nd Place: John-Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel.
3rd Place: Zevon & The Werewvolves of Melbourne.
The Entrants: Blues Mountain, Mike Elrington, Zevon & The Werewolves of Melbourne, Andrea Marr Band, John-Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel, Blue Eyes Cry.
2011 Contest Results
Blues Performer of the Year 2011 was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 23rd October.
1st Place: Dreamboogie
2nd Place: Andrea Marr Band, and Third to Shaun Kirk.
3rd Place: Third to Shaun Kirk.
Blues Mountain,Jules Boult and The Redeemers, Stevie Paige & Anthony "Tok" Norris, Dreamboogie, Mr Black & Blues, Luke R Davies,Wayne Jury & Rory Millar, Blue Eyes Cry, Dave Diprose, Dukesy and The Hazzards, Shaun Kirk, Andrea Marr Band
See list of winners from previous years