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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
PBS 106.7 FM Radio

MBAS also acknowledges all its other sponsors for their support of this contest

 

Eligibility

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

 

 

Contest Winners

2016 Contest Results

Andrea Marr Band
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

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

Andrea Marr BandBlues 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




Andrea Marr Band


2014 Contest Results

Andrea Marr BandBlues 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

Andrea Marr BandBlues Performer of the Year 2013 was held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 27th October..

1st Place: Rod Paines Fulltime Lovers

2nd Place:
The Three Tones

3rd Place:
TBA

The Entrants:
TBA


2012 Contest Results

Andrea Marr BandBlues 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

Dream BoogieBlues 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.

The Entrants:
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


Archive

See list of winners from previous years here.

 

 

Gallery
2012 BPOY Gallery
The BPOY Awards were held at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 28th October, 2012

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2011 BPOY Gallery
The BPOY Challenge was held at theGreyhound Hotel in St Kilda on Sunday 23rd October, 2011

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2007 BPOY Gallery
The Awards were held at the Grand Central Hotel on October, 2007

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2006 BPOY Gallery
Highlights of the MBAS Blues Performer Of The Year Awards - Heats and Finals

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