Mississippi Delta
Blues Society
of Indianola
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Eligibility and Rules
The Solo/Duo or Band must have a compelling Mississippi connection to represent this Mississippi blues society at the International Blues Challenge.
Each act will have (20) minutes to perform; (10) minutes to turnover.  (subject to change)
Lots will be drawn in advance to determine the playing order.  Acts may request but not guaranteed an early performance time if need to play at a scheduled gig on the same night.
There will be set-up time between acts, but the next act should be ready to go AT LEAST one (1) hour beforehand to keep the competition moving ahead.
A panel of judges will be scoring the competition.  Each judge will rate each act independently on a score sheet.
There should be no contact with the Judges by any individual or representative of an Act during the Blues competition.
Scoring will be based on Blues Content, Instrumental Talent, Vocal Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence.
The score for the Act will be the sum total of all the judges' scores. 
Categories are weighted as follows:        
Blues Content (x4)     Instrumental Talent (x3)     Vocal Talent (x3)     Originality (x2)     Stage Presence (x2)
No extra time will be allowed for equipment malfunctions of the Act.
Points will be deducted if the Act goes over the (20) minute limit.
An individual cannot compete in the Solo/Duo and the Band Competition.
Any artist whose name has appeared on a final Handy/Blues Music Award ballot is ineligible.  All other musicians who have had a peripheral and/or professional contact through performance with a Handy/Blues Music Award nominee, including but not limited to touring band members and studio musicians, are deemed eligible for IBC.
Any Act that has competed at the IBC two (2) consecutive years, representing any blues society and/or affiliate, is ineligible to compete and must sit out at least one (1) year.
Challenge winners will represent the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola, Inc. at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  Rooms (Solo/Duo 1 room) (Band 2 rooms) will be provided by the blues society at one of the IBC host hotels. Musicians will receive funds to help with meals.  Parking (Solo/Duo 1 vehicle) (Band 1-2 vehicles) will be paid and money provided to help with gas expenses.

14th Annual Mississippi Delta Regional Blues Challenge
Band Challenge
Historic Club Ebony
404 Hanna Street, Indianola
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Solo/Duo Challenge
The Blue Biscuit
501 Second Street, Across from the BB King Museum
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Deadline for Entries is October 5
Winner advances to Quarter-finals of the 
34nd Annual International Blues Challenge
January 16-20, 2018
Competition Dates - January 17-20
(We only pay for the competition nights)
Memphis, TN
A Youth Showcase now takes place on Friday afternoon during IBC. 
If a duo or band has a member or members under 21, participating in this showcase is up for consideration. See the links below for more info:
International Blues Challenge:               
          Official Rules                     
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Past Winners of the Indianola Challenge
2004 Pat Thomas
2005 Eden Brent
2006 Terry "Harmonica" Bean
2007 L.C. Ulmer & Chase Holifield
2008 L.C. Ulmer & Chase Holifield
2009 Alan Jones
2010 Solar Porch
2011 Sean "Bad" Apple & Martin "Big Boy" Grant
2012 Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman
2013 Dunavent and Hood
2014 Libby Rae Watson
2015 Libby Rae Watson
2016 Wes Lee
Malcolm White
Melville Tillis
Mike Boteler
Alphonso Sanders
Woodrow Wilkins
Connie Gibbons
Mike Lilly 
David Lee Durham & the Ladies Choice Band
Bill "Howl-n-Madd" Perry
Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Mickey Rogers & the Soul Master Band
Grady Champion Band
Grady Champion Band
Mark "Muleman" Massey
Solar Porch
All Night Long Blues Band
A Different Shade of Blue
The Bernie Jenkins Band
Big Time Rhythm and Blues Band
GoodPaper and The Reverend Robert Mortimer
Solo/Duo or Band
Eden Brent
Homemade Jamz Blues Band
L.C. Ulmer & Chase Holifield
Grady Champion Band
L.C. Ulmer & Chase Holifield
Wes Lee
Solo/Duo 1st Place Winner
Band 2nd Place Winner
Band 1st Place Winner
Solo/Duo Finals
Solo/Duo Finals
Dorothy Moore
Scott Barretta
Roger Stolle
Greg Preston
John Magnusson
Carol Vincent
Richard Tremmel
Jesse Robinson
Patty Johnson
Ronnie Eldridge
Shelley Ritter
Charlie Abraham
Gary Vincent
Paul Abraham
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