Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 International Blues Challenge - Wrapping Up!

So the 2012 International Blues Challenge was one of the best ever.  The competition was over the top. So much, that the judging had to be one of the toughest jobs in Memphis this year!  One of the things I realized, as a blues fan and a photographer...  it is easy to love doing both at the same time, but dont forget to wear earplugs, especially when you are right next to the speaker!

The bands played in order listed below, with The WIRED! Band, from the Washington Blues Society taking first; The Bart Walker Band, from The Nashville Blues Society taking second; and Paula Harris from the Golden Gate Blues Society taking third.
The WIRED! Band

Paula Harris
The Bart Walker Band

The single/duo acts played in order listed below, with Ray Bonneville, from the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas, taking first place; and Dr. Don's Double Dose, from the Sydney Blues Society, taking second.

Ray Bonneville

Dr Don's Double Dose
D'Mar & Gill

I have posted quite a few photos of the each band and single/duo act in competition (and some in quarterfinals or semifinals) here:

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