Battle of the BLUES Bands Contestants - Enter Now!
Entry deadline is June 5
Solo/Duo BLUES Acts
Youth BLUES Acts
Self-Produced BLUES CDs
| Invite all to the BLUES Battle
of the Bands and Solo / Duo BLUES Competition Details
The DC Blues Society BLUES winners will compete at the International Blues
Challenge in Memphis,
TN and more!
The deadline for entering is NOW!
The competition will consist of a CD review competition and an all-live
Battle of the BLUES Bands: Saturday, August 19
Solo / Duo BLUES Acts: Saturday, September 9
American Legion- Cissel Saxon Post 41
905 Sligo Avenue (entrance on Fenton Street)
Silver Spring, MD 20910
are paid to perform at the 2017 FREE College Park Blues Festival (an IBC Fundraiser) on Saturday, November 4, 2017 AND at the 2018 FREE Annual DC Blues Festival (Subject to Change) AND represents the DC Blues Society at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
The contest is open to blues artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Criteria below for additional details.
How to Enter
enter: print and fill out the DCBS IBC Application form (write
clearly) - application form is also available in Word format
To be eligible, you'll need to send all
of the following:
Filled out form with confirmation of DCBS
membership - identify which you're entering:
Battle of the BLUES Bands or Solo / Duo BLUES Act
- Confirmation that you and your band have read the Scoring Criteria / Penalties / Eligibility
- At least 3 sample tunes on CD
- Official band name
- Short band bio (100 words or less)
- A digital color or B&W photo with a 300
- A link to your website
Failure to send
the above may forfeit eligibility. Sample tunes are required in order
to qualify. Materials sent to DCBS will only be returned if a
self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.
items 1-7 to email@example.com
and mail everything by the deadline.
Society - IBC Battles
P.O. Box 77315
Washington, DC 20013-7315
The winner is obligated to attend the IBC
An act is limited to two consecutive
appearances at the
International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and must then sit out at
least one year before being eligible to compete again. An act
under the same name will not be allowed to compete three consecutive
artist whose name has appeared on a final Handy/Blues Music Award
ballot is ineligible. (All other musicians who have had peripheral
contact through performance with a Handy/Blues Music Award nominee,
including but not limited to touring band members and studio musicians,
eligible for the IBC.)
- An individual may not compete in more than one
act in any capacity.
- The competition is for Blues Bands.
No other entry restrictions apply. This means
contracts, booking agent contracts, recording contracts, performance
contracts (even those that include regular television or radio
broadcast) and nationally distributed recordings have no bearing on
For complete International Blues Challenge rules,
scoring, and other information, visit https://blues.org/official-ibc-rules/
The following scoring criteria reflect in large
part the Blues Foundation recommendations as they apply to the International
Blues Challenge. Categories include Talent, Blues
Content, Stage Presence and Originality.
- Blues Content (weight of 4):
Everyone has his or her own interpretation of what is and is not Blues.
Thus, any given three-judge panel will include members with varying
opinions of Blues, covering the
spectrum of Blues whenever possible, from the most traditional to
soul/blues and rock/blues. Bands should pick material carefully. At the
Memphis semi-finals and finals, the judges are Blues professionals, not
a bar crowd, and are likely to be unimpressed with song selections that
are uninspired. (Call this - with all due respect to Sir Mack Rice and
Wilson Pickett - the "no Mustang Sally rule.")
- Originality (weight of 3):
Original work is encouraged. Cover tunes are allowed but playing the
recorded rendition lick by lick is discouraged; will not be looked upon
favorably by the judges; and
will be reflected in scoring.
- Vocals (weight of 2):
The acts vocal skills
- Instrumental Talent (weight of 2):
This category is self-explanatory - the act's vocal and/or instrumental
- Stage Presence (weight of 2):
Over the years, the quality of talent has risen so dramatically that
the IBC no longer consider this an "amateur" competition. Most
contestants have performed on stage enough to know that they are not
simply playing music, but putting on a show. This
category rates how "sellable" a band may be.
Each band will have thirty (30) minutes to perform their selections.
There will be a 7-minute changeover period between sets. If a band
exceeds the 30-minute performance time or the 7-minute changeover a
penalty may apply. (See Penalty
To reflect the relative
importance of each category in the success of a band, a band's score in
each category is weighted. Raw scores for Blues Content are multiplied
by four. Talent is multiplied by three. And Originality and Stage
Presence are multiplied by two. The total in each category represents
the Weighted Score for that category. Total possible weighted score is
110. DCBS will not use the IBC ranking calculations. The
band with the highest sum of Net Weighted Scores is the winner.
A Band is penalized one point from its Total Weighted Score (see below)
for each ten seconds that it runs overtime. There is no penalty for
using less than the allotted time. The same penalty also applies to
exceeding the 7-minute changeover period. [If the preceding band takes
more than five minutes to clear the stage, the oncoming band will not
SCORING SYSTEM FOR JUDGES
Here is the scoring procedure for DCBS Battle of
- All categories and weightings are as
- Each judge will indicate his or her Raw Score
(a whole number
between 1 and 10) in each category and turn that information over to
the scorekeeper. Judges will not weight scores.
- The scorekeeper will multiply the Raw Score in
each category by the
established multiplier to get each judge's Weighted Score in each
category for each act.
- The Weighted Scores from each category for an
act are added
together to determine the acts’ Total Weighted Score for each judge.
- Any penalty points will then be deducted to
obtain the act's Net Weighted Score.
- The band with the highest Net Weighted Score
- Each band will have thirty (30) minutes to perform their selections
and up to 7 (seven) minutes to set-up. (See Penalty
- In case of a tie, the band that has the highest weighted score in the
Blues Content category will be declared the winner. If a tie remains,
the scorekeeper shall calculate the sum of all Total Weighted Scores
from all judges for the tied acts. The band with the higher sum of
Total Weighted Scores wins.
- Visit the International Blues Challenge
website for more information on the IBC.
one is a DCBS member, please visit http://www.dcblues.org
to download the
* The DC Blues Society is a Blues Foundation affiliate. The International Blues Challenge (IBC) is restricted to acts sponsored by a Blues Foundation affiliate.