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MBAS Blues Challenge
Blues Performer of The Year (Solo/Duo & Band)

Each year, the aim of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's "MBAS Blues Challenge" is to find the best possible Victorian Blues BAND and Blues SOLO/DUO artists to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN, USA.

Blues entrants in both categories compete live in separate Heats to determine a Final lineup. The Heats and Final are scored by independent judges, using the scoring system devised by the IBC. The highest scoring Blues artist in each SOLO/DUO and BAND category Final are the "MBAS SOLO/DUO Blues Performer of the Year" and the "MBAS BAND Blues Performer of the Year".

Both winning acts are guaranteed to receive return international airfares, accommodation and $1,000 spending money (courtesy of PBS FM) to travel to Memphis USA and compete at the IBC, held each January.

The MBAS also assists both the SOLO/DUO and BAND winning acts by hosting separate major fundraisers to help cover extra travel costs.

Applications for the 2018 MBAS Blues Challenge (SOLO/DUO and BAND categories) will be announced and advertised mid 2018.

For general reference, the prior 2017 'MBAS Blues Challenge 2017 Band Rules & Conditions' PDF form can be viewed in the download below:

2017 BAND RULES & CONDITIONS FORM

Blues Challenge proudly presented by
PBS 106.7 FM Radio

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






Contest Winners

2017 Contest Results

Bill Barber
Congratulations to all 2017 entrants in the MBAS Blues Challenge BAND and SOLO/DUO categories.

The WINNERS of the finals are the '2017 MBAS Blues Performer of the Year' in their respective categories.

- SOLO/DUO Category: BILL BARBER
- BAND Category: KELLY AUTY BAND

Kelly Auty Band These two talented acts will travel to Memphis USA in January 2018 to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the International Blues Challenge (IBC).





Charlie Bedford In addition, 17yo CHARLIE BEDFORD is representing the MBAS in the International Youth Showcase at the IBC this year.


We wish all three acts the very best for success at the IBC in Memphis, and continuing the MBAS's great reputation for sending world-class Australian Blues talent to represent!


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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