The Billtown Blues Association (BBA) will hold its annual "Billtown Blues Challenge" festival audition concert Sunday at the Genetti Hotel Grand Ballroom, 200 W. Fourth St. This year marks the 21st year of these auditions. Doors open at 3 p.m., the solo-duo competition begins at 4 p.m. and the band competition begins at 6 p.m.
Admission is $10 and tickets will be sold at the door. There will be $1 drafts and food available for sale.
Entrants in the solo-duo category are Doug McMinn and Greg Burgess. Entrants in the band category are The Porkroll Project, The Hawks Blues Band and The Dirty Mojo Blues Band. Performers will be judged and the winners determined by current BBA members in attendance. Ballots must be picked up before 4 p.m. for the solo-duo competition, and before 6 p.m. for the band competition. BBA memberships must have been current before January 1 in order to be eligible to vote.
Doug McMinn, above, and Gregory Burgess will perform in the solo category of the Billtown Blues Challenge. The winners of the competition will be eligible to represent the Billtown Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis for 2014. The Billtown Blues Challenge will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Genetti Hotel Ballroom, 200 W. Fourth St.
In fairness to all participating musicians, no ballots will be given out after the first act has started performing for each respective competition.
Winners from each category will perform at the Billtown Blues Festival June 9. In addition, winners also will be eligible to represent the BBA at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis for 2014. Billtown's auditions will be judged using the same criteria as those used at the IBC in Memphis. For IBC guidelines, judging criteria and more information visit the "Auditions" page at www.billtownblues.org.
As in past years, this concert will be sure to have something for everyone, and is a chance for blues fans to come together for a great day of fun and music. So, put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to have a good time. Performers give it all they've got, making it one of the year's finest shows and one of the area's top events. Best of luck to all competitors. Remember that win or lose, simply being chosen to compete is an honor in itself.