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JSJBF International Blues Challenge 2015-16

Finalists Announced


Paul's Tavern ~ 1705 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ. ~ Map

Finals: Saturday, October 25th 2014 ~ 8:00 pm ~ $10

Doors open at 7:30.

One more very full nights of music in October as the JSJBF conducts our finals to select the blues band that will represent us at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The judges have selected the participating bands, each of whom will play a 30 minute set.
Not bad for fifteen bucks - and the money goes to support the winner's trip to Memphis.

Come on out to Paul's and listen to the best JSJBF Blues has to offer!


Well, the second night of the competition is in the books. Another good crowd and a lot of great blues from the bands that competed tonight. Congratulations to the two bands from tonight's semi-final that moved on to the finals: The Michael Packer Blues Band and the Steve Cal Band. Our third finalist, with the next highest score from week 1 and 2 is the Running Dog Band. And thanks to all the other bands that competed that didn't move on to the finals. You provided the judges with some tough decisions and the audience with two evenings of solid down-home blues. Thanks to those Board members and Foundation members who came out to help tonight:Tom and Joanne Baldino, John Rathman and Amber Eble, Jim and Michael Murphy, Joe Weisbrod, Nicky Coppola and Mark LaRochelle. And a big thanks to our judges - Pat Arochas, Jon Barone, and Janet Goodwin Musso, and to our MC Eddy Cooper. Come on out next week to see the finals!


Finals: Saturday, October 17th , 2015

8:00-8:25 The Running Dog Band
8:35-9:00   Peter V & Blues Train  
9:10-9:35 The Shade Tree Mechanics  
9:45-10:10 The Mimi Nowak Project
10:20-10:45  The Steve Cal Band
10:55-11:20 The Michael Packer Blues Band

Tonight's Emcee is Eddy Cooper


The final's schedule was determined at random,
and does not reflect the scoring from the semi-finals.

Our Judges for the finals will be:

Pat Aroches and Janet Goodwin and Jon Barone

Thanks to them for volunteering!

The best-cd entry has been chosen by the listening committee.

Peter Vesteka's CD "Peter V Blues Train" is the CD we will submit this year on behalf of the JSJBF.
Keep us in mind if you release something new after 1 November 2015
for next year's competition.

There was Solo/Duo competition this year.

There will be a a 10 min break between band acts. Timings are strictly enforced!

Note to the Bands!


Band members should try and be at Paul's at least an hour before their scheduled set.

Judges should arrive by 7:30 pm night.

The band that is chosen as our representative should meet with Gene Iadanza for a few minutes at the end of the night to get your registration materials and the money (50% of what was collected from the three nights) raised during the competition.You should register asap. You will want to book rooms right away too.


- Eddy Cooper and Gene Idanza, JSJBF 2014-5 Co-chairs


You can review the competition rules HERE




See 2010 challenge photos Round 1~ Round 2 by Sarah Pritchard.

Photos by Dennis M. Czund (Click on a photo for a high-resolution image)

JSJBF International Blues Competition

Semis 1: Sat., October 3rd, 2015 ~ 8pm - 12:30 ($10)

Semis 2: Sat., October 10th, 2015 ~ 8pm - 12:30 ($10)

Finals: Sat., October 17th, 2015 ~ 8pm - 12:30 ($10)

Paul's Tavern 1705 Main Street, Lake Como. Map

Join us for several nights of great music as we select who will be JSJBF's representatives (band and best CD) to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next near.

Competition Details

International Blues Competition Page | Paul's Tavern Homepage