2012 IBC Almost Didn’t Happen, But Its Turning Out to be the Best Solo/Duo Competition We’ve Ever Had!
This year’s International Blues Challenge solo/duo competition was nearly a non-starter. No one had registered early to receive a discounted entry fee. Ben Powell was the first to enter, and for a time we thought he would be the only one. At the very last minute, we ended up with a roster of eight contestants: Ben Powell, Cadillac Wreckers, Phil Diiorio, Whitney Shay & Robin Henkel, Missy & Heine Andersen, Gary Kemmer, Mint & Irv, and Harmonica John Frazer. Round I on 10/13 was lightly attended, but the performances were all excellent. Ben Powell and Cadillac Wreckers were selected to move on to Round II. On 10/20, Gary Kemmer was a no-show, so only three acts took the stage: Missy & Heine Andersen, Phil Diiorio and Robin Henkel & Whitney Shay. They all turned in such stellar performances that the judges gave them almost identical scores. Therefore, all three advanced to the finals on 11/4 from 1-5 at Winston’s! Here’s what blues impresario Michael Kinsman had to say about Round II:
“To anyone who missed yesterday’s second prelim for the IBC, you missed a spectacular show. There were only three acts, but each was extraordinary. I can’t wait for the Nov. 4 finals at Winston’s. This lineup of five acts is unbelievably talented: Ben Powell, Cadillac Wreckers, Missy & Heine Andersen, Phil Diiorio & Whitney Shay & Robin Henkel. This shapes up as one of the best final competitions BLUSD has ever had.”
This is a show you don’t want to miss, folks…five bands for only $10 donation! Come on out to cheer on your favorites, and be one of the first to find out who’s going to Memphis in January!