Last night four young blues bands competed for the honor of representing Minnesota at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Together with our partners The Underground Music Cafe and the MN Blues Society, the contest was held and winners announced. MusicWorks is proud to send the Black Water Blues Band to Memphis. Both they, and the runners-up Colin Campbell and the C-Notes, will be offered shows at UMC and the opportunity to record a live album thanks to our partnership with Essential Sessions Studios!
All the bands that competed did extremely well and the judges had a hard time making a decision. It was really, really close. The bands Sit Jazz Down, Since Tuesday, and Colin Campbell and the C-Notes put on great performances and gave us listeners a few hours of pure heart and soul. It was truly amazing to see.
It’s worth noting that most of the bands competing were members of Blues U this past summer. The kids credit the summer program, and the relationships they formed there with each other and the mentors, with some of their success (in addition to talent, practice, teamwork and plain ol’ elbow grease of course). The video below of the Black Water Blues Band is an example of what Blues U graduates are capable of.