Blues Challenge story in Herald-Times

14 Feb

Here is a cool follow up story from the Bloomington Herald Times about last week’s Blues Challenge:

Memphis’ International Blues Challenge results tallied

Hoosier Times Report
February 13, 2011

The annual International Blues Challenge, in Memphis, Tenn., brought together 220 acts from 40 states and 13 countries, according to organizers.

The competition, held Feb. 1-5, included two groups from Bloomington.

Band Crossover and Jason and Ginger, a duo made up of Jason Fickel and Ginger Curry, performed at the Challenge.

In the solo-duo category, Jason and Ginger was one of 83 acts sent by their respective local Blues Societies — Jason and Ginger represented the Indiana Blues Society.

They made it through the quarter-finals to perform in the semis, and stopped there.

For the second consecutive year a “non-American act” won the solo/duo category, according to a news release from the Blues Challenge.

The solo-duo winner was Germany’s Georg Schroeter & Marc Breitfelder.

Fickel said Crossover was in their same boat: The group advanced out of the quarter-finals and made it to the semi-finals, but did not advance to the finals.

Crossover was in the band category. The Lionel Young Band took top prize on behalf of the Colorado Blues Society.

Fickel said he believes the Indiana Blues Society was one of the few participating blues societies that placed semi-finalists in both the solo/duo and band categories.

The five-day competition began with a showcase, followed by two days of quarter-finals and one day of semi-finals. The finals were held in Memphis’s historic Orpheum Theatre.

Winners get cash, prizes, spots at other festivals and recognition in the industry.

Last year, 110 bands and 80 solo/duo acts performed in the contest.

Learn more about the International Blues Challenge online at


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