Friday, September 18, 2009


The Ottawa Blues Society (OBS) is again participating in the Blues Foundation’s “International Blues Challenge”. OBS is hosting a local competition, "On the Road to Memphis", with the winner going to Memphis, TN, January 2010, to compete as our representative in the 26th International Blues Challenge (IBC). Details are as follows:


2440 Bank St. (at Hunt Club)
Ottawa, ON

Semi-Finals #1 took place Sept. 16;
Semi-Finals #2 scheduled Sept. 23;
Finals scheduled Sept 25.

Please see attached press release for details.

Debra Thornington
OBS Director


17 September 2009

“On the Road to Memphis

Ottawa Blues Society - Blues Challenge

Round #1 of the Semi-Finals for The Ottawa Blues Society’s (OBS) “On the Road to MemphisBlues Challenge took place Wednesday, September 16, at Tucson’s, Ottawa.

The crowd was very responsive, and the music provided a variety of “different shades of blues”.

The two winning bands from Round #1 who will now advance to The Finals, include:

1. The Jesse Greene Band

2. Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo.

This local “Band” category competition is Ottawa’s opportunity to participate in the prestigious Blues Foundation’s “International Blues Challenge”. One talented band will be chosen the winner and represent Ottawa in Memphis, TN, in January 2010 at the 26th International Blues Challenge.

During the local competition, bands are judged by the same criteria used for the International Competition in Memphis. Each band provides a 25-minute performance and is judged by regional volunteers knowledgeable about The Blues. The $5.00 cover charge and impressive raffle draws serve as fundraising support for travel and accommodation expenses for the winning OBS representative.

Round #2 of the Semi-Finals takes place Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. at Tucson’s, 2440 Bank St., Ottawa. Competing bands for Round #2 will include:

1. Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8
2. Wicked Grin
3. Phlegm
4. Drew Nelson Band

The two highest scoring bands from each Semi-Final Round will advance as the four finalists for the “On The Road to Memphis”, Blues Challenge Finals taking place Friday, September 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tucson’s, Ottawa.

For further information:

Debra Thornington, Director Tele: 819-684-4984 Email: debra @ ottawabluessociety . com

Liz Sykes, President Tele: 613-521-8798 Email: lizsykes @ rogers . com


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