by Robert Bell
For the last 28 years, the Blues Foundation has hosted the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, filling up the bars of Beale Street with dozens of musicians, the whole lot of 'em shoutin', screamin' preachin', hollerin', yellin', testifyin', moanin', wailin' and otherwise singin' the blues.
The Arkansas River Blues Society is hosting its own blues competition for bands and solo/duo acts, and the first-place winners of each category will be sponsored to take their show on the road to the IBC, which takes place Jan. 31-Feb. 4.
ARBS hosts its competition Oct. 29 at Parrot Beach in North Little Rock.
To enter, get in touch with ARBS Chair Aaron Crowder at 870-833-3498 or e-mail: email@example.com.
The entry fees are $60 for a band, $30 for a duo and $20 for a solo act. All entry packets must be postmarked by Oct. 8 and mailed to The Arkansas River Blues Society, P.O. Box 128, Alexander, AR 72002.