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in the meantime Applications for the 10th IBC is open. Please see details below.

 

10thAnnual International Blues Challenge - 2014 Application

TIME: Saturday, April 6, 2014

PLACE: Clarion (Greentree area), 401 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 412-922-8100

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  February 28, 2014
Please Note: Due to time constraints, only fourteen entry slots will be available.
 
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!!  Applications will be taken until those slots are filled. Slots do fill quickly. Excess applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a slot opens in the order placed on the wait list.
 
$1000 CASH TO WINNING BAND
$500 CASH TO WINNING SOLO/DUO
plus: Opportunity to represent the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania at the 
2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee
 
*** The Jim Weber Blues Guitarist Award will be given to the best overall guitarist in the competition. The winner of this award will be based on merit, talent and originality. The recipient does not have to be a part of the winning band entry or the winning solo/duo entry.
 
***NEED MORE INFORMATION:  
Jonnye Weber, BSWPA President   
724-888-6183
 
Review printable application for more details.
 
 

 

 


CHRISTMAS PARTY - TOYS FOR TOTS

 

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NEW YEARS EVE PARTY

The Blues Society of Western PAinvites you to join us for an evening filled with blues to ring in the 2014 with BILLY THE KID AND THE REGULATORS / THE NIGHTHAWKS

December 31, 2013

 

2013 NEW YEAR'S EVE BLUES BASH
 
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY...LAST YEAR WAS SELL OUT FOR THE PARTY AND THE ROOMS!!!
 
December 31, 2013
 
Featuring:
Billy the Kid and the Regulators
(2013 Blues Challenge Winner and 2013 top Five CD finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN)
.........
AND
THE NIGHTHAWKS
with
BILLY PRICE
 
Clarion Hotel
401 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh (Greentree Area), PA
 
Doors open at 7 pm
 
Buffet Dinner
 8 pm- 9 pm
 
Billy the Kid and the Regulators
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm
 
NIGHTHAWKS
10:30 pm- 1:30 am
 
Midnight buffet
 
FIVE HOURS OF OPEN BAR
 
Cash bar
7 pm- 8 pm
1 am - 2 am
 
Party Reservations:  412-922-8100
Blues Room rate: $89 with breakfast (offer good until December 10)
Room Reservations:  412-922-8100
 


And the Best Self Produced CD that will represent the BSWPA....
And the winner of the BEST SELF PRODUCED CD IS....

It is with great pleasure that the Blues Society of Western PA has the opportunity to announce the entry that will represent Western PA in the "Best Self Produced CD" category in the upcoming 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. It was a very difficult choice given the criteria requirements demanded by the Blues Foundation that hosts that annual global event.

Dan Bubien's Empty Roads was chosen to represent the BSWPA at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Coming in at a close second was Jill West's CD, Bootleg Blues Live! What a difficult choice to have been made!! We thank all of the entries and for your interest in representing the Blues Society of Western PA.

Join us in wishing Dan Bubien's Empty Roads the best as we submit his CD to be included in the "Best Self Produced CD" Category.


 


The officers and board members for 2013-2014

Jonnye Weber
President

Don Vecchio
Vice president

Eric Kilmeyer
Treasurer

Barbara Gangone
Membership Secretary

Shannon Conroy
Secretary (new comer!)

Maria Kovacs
Webmaster

Kim Meglen
Calendar

Jim Hamel
Stage Manager

Other Board Members include: Cyndi Fink,  Renee Delleara, Lavonne Swaney, Joe Kosmal, Tuck Majeran, Spike Miller, Mark Taliani, Dave Zubrow, Lori Romano, Robb Patterson, Joyce Clark

 

 


and the winner is.....

The winner of the 2nd Annual Youth Blues Challenge.. 

Zoe Zielinski, a seventeen year old student at Allegheny Community College and Hope Academy in East Liberty, PA. Zoe will represent the Blues Society of Western PA at the 2014 International Youth Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during the 2014 International Blues Challenge. Zoe was chosen from a group of very talented contestants. The judges had their work cut out for them.

Congratulations, Zoe!!! 

 


2013 BSWPA BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

This year's BSWPA Blues Challenge winners are:

  • Solo/Duo: Gary Prisby & Matt Barranti.
  • Band: Billy the Kid and the Regulators.
  • Jim Weber Guitar Award: Cheryl Rinovato.

Congratulations and good luck in Memphis!!!

We thank our fans for coming out and supporting the bands and our efforts. A big thank you to all the judges and volunteers.

Stay tuned for photos and videos.

 




2013 KBA Award winners anounced!

(Special thanks to Bob Corritore)
The Blues Foundation will honor 15 individuals and organizations with its 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, February 1, 2013, in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 29th International Blues Challenge (IBC), which begins January 29 and features the final rounds of the world’s largest and most prestigious blues music competition, as well as seminars, showcases, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.


The KBAs are awarded on the basis of merit by a select panel of blues professionals to those working to actively promote and document the music. Committee chair Art Tipaldi (who is also the editor of Blues Revue Magazine) states “The fifteen recipients represent an outstanding cross-section of blues boosters. We are pleased to honor these people and organizations as a tribute to the years each has given to supporting the blues."

The 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:

Affiliate – Colorado Blues Society
Art – Stan Street, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Club – Boulder Outlook Hotel, Boulder, Colorado
Education – Nat Dove, Bakersfield, California
Festival: International – Festival International du Blues De Tremblant, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Festival: U.S. – Mount Baker Rhythm And Blues Festival, Bellingham, Washington
Historical – Shelley Ritter, Clarksdale, Mississippi
International – Vicente Zumel, Barcelona, Spain
Journalism – Bob Margolin, High Point, North Carolina
Literature – I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy by Bob Riesman, Chicago, Illinois
Manager – Marty Salzman, Chicago, Illinois
Print Media – Blues News, Oslo, Norway
Radio: Commercial – Gil Anthony, Dothan, Alabama
Radio: Public, Scott Mullins, Baltimore, Maryland
Record Label – Telarc, Cleveland, Ohio

Tickets to the KBA ceremony are available online at http://www.blues.org/ or by calling 901-527-2583.

 

 


9th Annual "Rhythms of Life" Fundraising Concert

 

Save the date! Our 9th Annual "Rhythms of Life" Fundraising Concert to benefit "Music Smiles"--live music in hospitals! Fab venue, top tier talent, amazing night! Be there!

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Silks Lounge, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Washington, PA
Doors at 6, Music at 7 pm, $25 entry
$20 advance—contact spugar@comcast.net or “Buy Advance Tickets” at www.sonnypugar.org
+21, raffle items, 50/50, door prizes, free buffet—courtesy of The Meadows
Hosted by WDVE’s Sean McDowell
 


PHOTOS FROM THE PITTSBURGH BLUES FESTIVAL

 

Check out the photos from this years Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres HERE.

 


BREAKING NEWS....

 

BLUES FROM THE BURG 3 hit the blues stands Friday July 20th, 2012!!!!!

Thanks to all of the musicians who made this compilation CD possible. Want to hear what Pittsburgh has to offer....give it a listen! Great music...Pittsburgh has a treasure box full of music to share with the world. This CD is only a small representation of what we offer in Western PA! Look for details on the upcoming CD release party.

 

 


8th Annual Blues Challenge Wrap-Up

To everyone involved in the 8th Annual Blues Challenge, the Blues Society of Western PA thanks everyone for making it a great day of music.

Congratulations to the 2012 BSWPA winners: The Jimmy Adler Band (best band), Miss Freddye and Greg 'G-man' Castille (duo) and Cheryl Rinovato ( best guitarist).

Thank you to all of the outstanding musicians that shared the day. There were 15 acts that accepted our blues challenge and worked hard to hone their acts in preparation for the competition.

Thank you to all of the blues fans for their continued support.

A big thank you to the workers who worked tirelessly to prepare for this event and to those who worked the long hours yesterday to help provide a stellar challenge. 

It takes an army to make an event like this happen and be successful...

 


1st Annual BSWPA Blues Challenge - WATCH THE VIDEO


 


Video Montage of the Blues Society of Western PA's 2011 New Year's Eve Blues Bash


 

 


SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS
  1. Maintain your Google Calendar and share it with us:
    • Log into their Google calendar. Click on the Gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Select "Calendar Settings" from the drop down menu. The page that opens up will have four headings. Select the one marked "Calendars". There should be at least one calendar listed. To the right of the calendar should be a link:"Shared: Edit settings" Click that link. The page that opens should have three headings. Select "Calendar Details" Look for the ICAL button. Click on that and copy the link in the dialog box that opens. Paste this link in an email and send to events@bswpa.org
  2. Send emails to events@bswpa.org in the following format: 
    Band Name, Date, Start Time-End Time, Venue Name, Exact Venue Address and Phone Number.

WHY CREATE YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR? - As you are maintaining your Google calendar, you can share that with your fans, and once you send the link to us as instructed, you will automatically share events with the BSWPA calendar. No more emails to us and your events will be posted as soon as we see them posted on your calendar.

 


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Asking Your Help with Donations Asking Your Help with Donations

The PITCH Program (Putting Instruments in the Children's Hands) would appreciate the donation of instruments in good working condition to enable the fulfillment of this program.
 

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BLUES FROM THE BURGH - Volume 2 - NOW AVAILABLE




Listen to Samples


 


ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY THROUGH THE BSWPA ...

Recording company offering 3 hours of time for $30.
Interested? Email Don Vecchio, our VP, at: donv21@yahoo.com

 
   
      
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Winter Show/Christmas Concert...get Zoe Z. to Memphis Show
hosted by Hope Academy
(Hope Academy is one of the schools that we have shared Blues in the Schools)

The Hope Academy at East Liberty Presbyterian Church

Saturday, December 7

7:00 pm- 8: 30 pm

 

Zoe Zielinski is the winner of the 2013 Blues Society of Western PA's Youth Challenge. Zoe will participate in the 2014 Youth Showcase that will be hosted during the 2014 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN.

 

Featured:  the  HAT Co. EL CEO, (an extremely talented group of youth players and singers), Bob Giacometti and Katie Simone from the Blues Society of Western PA and  Zoe Zielinski on Saturday, December 7... 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. A donation  will be accepted at the door.

 

For those not being able to attend, donations can be forwarded to:

Zoe Zielinski

% Blues Society of Western PA

    PO. Box  97978

    Pittsburgh, PA  15227

 

 

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Blues For Tots and Toys
Christmas Party
Saturday, December 14
7:00 PM
Moondog's
378 Freeport Road
Blawnox, PA
 
Vince Agwada (7 pm- 8 pm)
 
Studebaker John (8:30-???)
 
$12 pubic, $10 blues members
Toy and monetary donations will be accepted on behalf of the Marines' Toys for Tots program.
 
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2013 NEW YEAR'S EVE BLUES BASH
 
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY...LAST YEAR WAS SELL OUT FOR THE PARTY AND THE ROOMS!!!
 
December 31, 2013
 
Featuring:
Billy the Kid and the Regulators
(2013 Blues Challenge Winner and 2013 top Five CD finalist at the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN)
.........
AND
THE NIGHTHAWKS
with
BILLY PRICE
 
Clarion Hotel
401 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh (Greentree Area), PA
 
Doors open at 7 pm
 
Buffet Dinner
 8 pm- 9 pm
 
Billy the Kid and the Regulators
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm
 
NIGHTHAWKS
with
Billy Price
 
10:30 pm- 1:30 am
 
Midnight buffet
 
FIVE HOURS OF OPEN BAR
 
Cash bar
7 pm- 8 pm
1 am - 2 am
 
Party Reservations:  412-922-8100
Blues Room rate: $89 with breakfast (offer good until December 10)
Room Reservations:  412-922-8100
 
 
 
    
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