The Long Island Blues Society is ready to send Long Island's best blues players to Memphis for the 2020 International Blues Challenge in January.
A panel of elite judges will choose a band and a solo/duo act to represent Long Island on the international stage.
Winners will travel to Beale Street, the home of the blues, to compete with acts from across the globe.
Click below to download the rules and and entry form
Watch for Long Island Blues Society President Jim Kolman, along with Bill Lifford and Jr. Davis from Harmonica Bill and Marked Deck
The panel that picked the winners of the 2018/2019 Long Island blues challenge brought a wealth of diversified experience to the table.
Pictured from left to right are Mark Carpentieri, a record producer for M.C. Records; singer/guitarist Durand Daniel; Jim Kolman, president of the Long Island Blues Society; Steve Beery, club owner of Mr. Berrys East and West; and radio personality Bobby La Serra, who owns Paradise Studio and Strong Island Productions.
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Congratulations to Harmonica Bill and Marked Deck, Frilucha and The Piano Matt Quintet, the three groups chosen to represent Long Island in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Check the Blues Foundations wrap up of the event and look for Long Island reps in the photos.
The LIBS reps did Long Island proud. We thank them for putting their hearts and souls out on the stage for two nights Thanks as well to all of the Long Island Blues fans who made the trip to Memphis and cheered on our winners.
A list of previous winners is here.
Visit the Road to Memphis page to meet the panel that chose this year's representatives.
Scroll down for a video recap of the 2019 Blues Competition.