Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Battle of the Bands

Hello Blues Fans --

We are currently planning the first Lowcountry Blues Challenge. This event will allow the winner to be nominated to appear and compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN in 2010.

We are planning a battle of the band type challenge to take place in 4 venues in the Charleston area during the month of August. We already have two venues confirmed with plans to secure the other two shortly. In September we are planning a festival style event for the finale.

BAND CALL: Any band interested in competing or performing in this event needs to complete a Band Form. The Lowcountry Blues Club will consider all the bands that request consideration, then issue an invitation to the bands that are chosen. To accept an invitation to play, each band would then need to send in a $25 entry fee by the date indicated by the Lowcountry Blues Club.

To obtain a Band Form you can contact Tim Shaw at timothy.d.shaw@comcast.net. I will email you the form and send any new information which may arise. If you participate, your band will perform on one Saturday in August at one of the four venues. We will do our best to have you play on a date that works well for you. You will be judged according to the rules established by the International Blues Challenge. This will include a vote by the fans so bring everyone out to help support your group. Then the four bands with the top scores in the battles will earn an invitation to compete in the finale event in September. The grand prize winner will receive various prizes, including the Lowcountry Blues Club nomination to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2010.

Sponsor opportunity: We also have the opportunity for sponsors at several levels. I can email you a sponsor form if you are interested in helping with this endeavour. The more help we get, the larger the event and better advertising for your business. I am happy to announce that sponsors of the Lowcountry Blues Challenge so far include Piggly Wiggly, Ye Olde Music, and Southern Comfort Bar & Grill. So join the Lowcountry Blues Club for a great event to spread the news and the blues to the Lowcountry. For sponsor information contact Tim Shaw at the email address above.

Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming news for this event.

Tim Shaw (the big guy with the guitar)

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