Saturday and the IBC is winding down. The morning starts off with a brunch and the presentation of the Keeping the Blues Alive awards. These are given to non-musicians that do the other work in the blues, writing, booking, promoting, DJs.
The KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Most often the award reflects a lifetime of work. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather a new deserving winner is selected each year.
After that it is time to prepare for the finals.
I did get a chance to exchange greetings with Dorothy Moore. She still has the greatest voice.
My visit to the Finals was in support of Mikey, Jr. While waiting to get in, it was a good time to meet up with friends that I hadn’t yet seen. One of those was Steven Seun from San Francisco. He runs Biscuit and Blues club.
Now the setting for the finals is the Orpheum Theater. Classic theater like the Warner in Connecticut, perhaps a WPA building.
Also on hand was Music on the Couch with Vinny Marini, bringing the IBC to everyone
I had a chance to talk with Michael Frank, Honeyboy Edwards friend and manager. We had the time to reminisce about various concerts and lessons from the legendary guitar player.
Then it was off to Blues City for a steak dinner.
Sunday morning I hop aboard the TennCo Express Airport Shuttle and head for the airport and home.
OK, the 28th International Blues Challenge Results are in. The winner of the band competition is The WIRED! Band from Washington Blues Society. The winner of the solo/duo competition is: Ray Bonneville Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas. He came from the same club the Connecticut act played in.
The other winners are in the Band, 2nd place: The Bart Walker Band (Nashville Blues Society) and 3rd Place: Paula Harris (The Golden Gate Blues Society). The Solo/Duo-2nd Place went to Dr. Don’s Double Dose Sydney Blues Society.
Also, the Gibson Guitarist Award went to: Bart Walker ; and the Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player was awarded to: Randy McQuay.
The Best Self Produced CD was: Where I’m Coming From by Dave Keller.