International Blues Challenge competition October 13, 2019

Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge Information


Learn more about the Blues and the International Blues Challenge competition. 

Central Delaware Blues Society International Blues Challenge Information


Our next IBC competition will be held on October 13, 2019.  The deadline for band entries is midnight Friday,  October 4, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted. 

Click on the CDBS logo to learn more about  our local Blues Foundation affiliate competition and download our entry application.


2019 CDBS IBC Entry Form PO Box 155 (pdf)


Central Delaware Blues Society International Blues Challenge

January 22 - 26, 2019 Results:

Watch the entire semi-finalist performance professional video at the Blues City Cafe. Click here

 The Central Delaware Blues Society scored big at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge competition in 2019. We had two entries in the competition; lower case blues representing us in the band competition and "Lock Up The Liquor" by The Little Red Rooster Blues Band representing us in the Best Self-Produced CD category. 

lower case blues made the semifinals on Friday night out of 108 other band entries . They played a great set and blew the doors off of the Blues City Cafe in the semifinals as they competed against 5 other bands in that venue. Congratulations to them for making the semifinals. This is the second time they have gone that far (2015 and 2019) and we are very, very proud to have them representing the Central Delaware Blues Society.  Thank you gentlemen for doing what you do so well! 

The Little Red Rooster Blues Band submitted their latest CD "Lock Up The Liquor" to us for the Best Self-Produced CD category. Our independent judges had three CD's to evaluate this year and although never an easy task they picked this CD as our winner to be submitted to the IBC competition. The CD was ranked by the Blues Foundation among the best 5 submitted this year and it was announced as the overall winner in this category on Saturday January 26th. Congratulations to The Little Red Rooster Blues Band for winning this category. Great job! 

Congratulations to lower case blues and The Little Red Rooster Blues Band for their accomplishments in the 35th International Blues Challenge competition. 

You can see all of the IBC results here. 

Learn More about our IBC competition

You can find out more about our competition and how to participate in the band, youth and CD competitions by clicking the button below

CDBS IBC Information

the "lower case blues" semi-finalist performance, all of it

Lower Case Blues killing it at the Blues City Cafe Friday night January 25, 2019. Check out this great video.

October 14, 2018

lower case blues (LCB) wins AGAIN!!!


Congratulations to lower case blues on winning our 5th annual International Blues Challenge competition.  lower case blues won our very first IBC competition back on October 19, 2014.  They competed in Memphis the following January and made the semi-final (Friday) round. They are the ONLY band we have had to do so and we are very happy they are going back to try again. 

Unfortunately we do not have a youth showcase entry going to Memphis this year. We are always so proud of our entries in this category as they are the talented musicians that will continue to "Keep the Blues Alive". It is our hope that we will receive more youth entries (you must be under 21 to enter) in 2019 to continue this very important IBC entry.  

Jon Hay and Zach Lees on Beale St. - January 19, 2018

This is a composite video taken (I presume) by Jon Hays parents. Their performance was at the "Kings Palace" on Beale St. in Memphis. 

Barrelhouse on Beale St. - January 18, 2018

This video, taken by Tim Ward, was the second day performance by Barrelhouse at "Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fame Bar and Grille" on Beale St in Memphis. 

October 15, 2017

Zach Lees and Jon Hay - Youth Showcase


Zach Lees and Jon Hay being presented the IBC Youth Showcase award from CDBS for the 2018 IBC. 

Barrelhouse - 2017 IBC winners


Barrelhouse displaying the coveted "Beale Street" sign signifying they are going to Memphis in 2018 representing CDBS.

Glynis Sampere song "Aready Won" tribute to Barrelhouse

October 16, 2016

Radka Kasparcova


A promotional photograph of Radka Kasparvova from her latest CD. Radka represented CDBS in 2017 becoming our very first youth showcase representative in Memphis.  

Tom Craig and Soul Patch - 2016 IBC Winners


Tom Craig and Soul Patch displaying the "Beale Street" sign signifying they are going to Memphis in 2017 representing CDBS.

October 18, 2015

The Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark Band


Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark and his band displaying the "Beale Street" sign signifying they are going to Memphis in 2016 representing CDBS. 

October 19, 2014

lower case blues (LCB)


Our very first entry into the International Blues Challenge competition!!!! lower case blues  displaying the "Beale Street" sign signifying they are going to Memphis in 2015 representing CDBS.  Oh and by the way they made it to the semi-finals that year! 

lower case blues winning performance

This is the "lower case blues" winning  performance at the Central Delaware Blues Society earning them a trip to Memphis in January 2015.