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December 12, 2016

The 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge is scheduled on historic Beale Street, from January 31st to February 4th. Over 250 Blues acts from around the world will converge on Memphis for a week of music, awards, jams, seminars, workshops, interviews, world famous barbecue and sightseeing (Sun & Stax Studios, Rock‘n’Soul Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, Gibson Factory, Graceland etc). Of utmost importance is the opportunity to network with Record Labels and agents for venues and festivals.

The winning scores are based on Blues Content, Vocals, Talent, Stage Presence and Originality. The winners are awarded money, local gigs as well as spo...

July 4, 2016

June 11, 2016: The Connecticut Blues Society presented the Annual Band Challenge – featuring the winners of 4 preliminaries plus a wild card. The competition was in the afternoon, so the bands can get paying gigs at night. Every seat was filled. The talented bands covered a diverse range of Blues styles. The judges were made up of musicians, media personalities, and experienced Blues fans. The scores were based on the Blues Foundation Criterion – Blues Content, Instrumental Talent, Vocal Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence. Blues Content the most important. The challenge winner is awarded $2000 to represent CTBS at the International Blues...

July 4, 2016

EasyBaby has been one of the most popular bands at Connecticut Blues Society events. Rocking blues and soul fronted by the dynamic vocals of Kelly Rago. Kelly can sound tough, sexy or sultry – depending on the song. Rich Badowski’s harp is the heart of the group. Rich has been in many premier blues bands and has competed in the International Blues Challenge, in Memphis. Dennis Cotton (drums) and Max Samsone (bass) are a powerful rhythm section. Trevor West can “get down in the alley” on guitar. Recorded at Shakey Buddha Studios, for the Tin Can Record Label.

Going Upstairs kicks off with “Next Door Neighbor Blues”, by Gary Clark Jr. Kelly esta...

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