Kalamazoo's Crossroads Blues Band is preparing to travel to perform at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. This event will take place January 21-23, with the semi-finals being held on Thursday and Friday on Beale Street, January 21 and 22, and the Finals being held at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN, January 23.
This will be the fourth time Cross Roads has been chosen by a Michigan Blues society to compete in the IBCs. Each time has been a distinct honor. This time they will represent the Motor City.
Being so honored does not come easy. The bands who are sent to Memphis annually are chosen through a process of elimination by their respective Blues societies. Each band sent is deemed the best from their areas.
According to Steve Allen, former President of the Detroit Blues Society (DBS), this is the first time in the history of Michigan's Blues societies that an almost complete reversal has taken place in choosing the bands that are going to be sent down to Memphis. Whereas the Cross Roads Blues Band-the Resurrection is representing the Motor City, a band from Detroit will represent the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Society (KVBS).
Having been sent down there now for the fourth time, and having had time to hone their skills and stage performance, Cross Roads is fully prepared to bring home the title. They are going down to win.
About the International Blues Challenge:
The IBCs are the biggest such competition in the Blues. 111 bands will gather in Memphis this year, with 83 solo/duo artists and the first youth division comprised of 32 acts. Each of these bands have been judged the best from their respective locales from around the world. The winners will be judged to be ready to take the world stage. In addition to bragging rights, the winning band will walk away with valuable prizes including the opportunity to play many of the most prestigious Blues festivals in the world.
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