THE ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE 20 BLUES BANDS
The Southern California Blues Society proudly presents a massive Battle of the 20 blues bands on the second Saturday in November, every year, for the past 18 years.
Usually this takes place in Long Beach but over the last 18 years it has been in 7 different venues. If your band is interested in competing please email us at email@example.com. The slots fill up very fast every year. When we receive your email we will forward you registration information.
On show day, your band will perform a 14 minute set. You should play one slow, one fast, and one medium tempo blues song. Each year the winner gets $2,000 to be used towards expenses related to competing later at the IBC in Memphis, an annual events hosted and produced by the Blues Foundation. You may check out their criteria at blues.org.
Previous winners include:
2019 - Mar'Ja & The Hot Links (Band), Mr. So & So (Solo/Duo), Austin Thomason (Youth Showcase)
2018 - Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
2017 - Celso Salim
2016 - Shawn Jones
2015 - Celso Salim
2014 - Nico Wayne Toussaint
2013 - Gregg Wright
2012 - Sista Jean's Blues Machine
2011 - Lightnin' Willie & The Poor Boys
2010 - Gregg Wright
2009 - Leff Rogers
2008 - Phil Gates
2007 - Andy Walo
2006 - winner unrecorded
2005 - winner unrecorded
2004 - Zac Harmon