Our next IBC competition is scheduled for Sunday October 16, 2022.
We will also be submitting one self-produced CD to the Blues Foundation for the competition.
Deadline for both category competition entries (band IBC and/or Self-Produced CD) is October 5, 2022.
Click on the CDBS logo (above) to learn more about our local IBC competition and download our band entry application form.
Self-produced CD information is also available on the same link.
We did not hold a band or solo/duo IBC competition this year and we do not have a youth group representing CDBS at the IBC. We are looking forward to holding a competition and bringing in new young talent for the youth showcase again next year.
This year's winning CD goes to Mark Margolies and his band for the CD "Can't You See".
The CD was recorded on March 18,2022. This CD pays homage to such
Artists as B.B.King, Memphis Slim, Roy Brown, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Freddie King, Lowell Fulson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. This is a debut album from a Philadelphia guitar veteran and is steeped in the blues tradition.
The title track “Can’t You See” is an original composition set to familiar blues form. The lyrics have a double entendre as many blues songs often do. The eye chart and phoropter which are found on the album cover are part of the mystique. Mark Margolies is also a licensed Optometrist
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic issues and restrictions, the Central Delaware Blues Society did not hold local competitions in 2020 or 2021 and therefore we do not have a band representing us at the 2022 Memphis international competition. The IBC’s in Memphis were postponed once again in 2022 but have been rescheduled for May 6-9 2022.
With all of the uncertainty surrounding the IBC competition in Memphis the CDBS was unsure in which direction to turn. We had already canceled our competition, but we still have a fabulous youth musician that we really wanted to sponsor in the youth showcase. When the IBC was canceled for the normal dates (late January / early February) we were disappointed and hoping she could represent us in next years competition. Well, the Blues Foundation changed all of that and rescheduled the IBC’s, we are elated that our youth musician can now represent us in Memphis in 2022!
I present to you Morgan Gonce, our youth representative for the 2022 IBC’s in Memphis!
Finding Inspiration in Every Note
Morgan's musical journey began at the age of 5 when she received her first electric guitar for her birthday. Morgan started lessons and hasn't stopped playing since.
Proving to be destined for the stage, Morgan has performed for crowds of all sizes from intimate venues, to private wedding receptions, to national baseball stadiums.
Although Morgan is only 15, her soulful tone and passionate playing is a talent way beyond her years captivating audiences of all ages with her guitar solos and improvisational skills.
Morgan draws inspiration from many of the greats that have come before as well as those currently performing. Some which include, The Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi | Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Marcus King Band, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, The Meters, and The Grateful Dead.
Morgan Gonce's original song, "Nothing Left to Say," was written, recorded and filmed at the age of 14. This single features Charles Simon on Guitar, Ian Trusheim on Bass, Darryl Woodson on organ, John Thomakos on drums, and mixed and recorded by Dave Nachodsky.
Slim and the Perkolators won our local 2019 International Blues Challenge competition. They will be heading to Memphis representing the Central Delaware Blues Society January 28 - February 1, 2020. Congratulations on winning our local competition and good luck in Memphis.
Slim and the Perkolators also won our local IBC self-produced CD competition. Good luck in the CD competition as well.
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!
You can see all of the IBC results here.
You can find out more about our competition and how to participate in the band, youth and CD competitions by clicking the button below
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.
This is a composite video taken (I presume) by Jon Hays parents. Their performance was at the "Kings Palace" on Beale St. in Memphis.
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.
Barrelhouse displaying the coveted "Beale Street" sign signifying they are going to Memphis in 2018 representing CDBS.
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!
This is the "lower case blues" winning performance at the Central Delaware Blues Society earning them a trip to Memphis in January 2015.