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July 29, 2018

Knuckleheads will be the location of the KCBS Road to Memphis International Blues Challenge (IBC) on Sept. 8. Doors open at noon.

Entries in the band portion of the contest are:


Heather Newman Band
Dave Hays Band
Knock Kneed Sally
Urban Blue featuring `Misha Misha D Right

Solo-duo entries are:
Jake Ruiz Mr.J
Dan Bliss
Mike Vande
Mark Montgomery

Winners of each will represent KCBS in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge held Jan. 22-26, 2019. 

Submitted by LaDonna Sanders

January 29, 2018

The IBC gets bigger and better each year!  Over 250 acts from around the world competed in the 2018 Challenge. Representing KCBS were the Taylor Smith Band and the duo act of Jason Vivone and Sam Platt.  

Subfreezing temperatures and ice-snow mix made it difficult on folks traveling to Memphis.  The International Showcase Tuesday evening, which I had been so looking forward to, was held at the Clayborn Temple which, I was told, was very cold and hard to tolerate for the entire eve...

February 11, 2017

Tim Finn of the Kansas City Star wrote up a nice article on Brody Buster and his recent win at the IBC.  Brody has gotten lots of calls already to appear at a number of blues festivals.  He has now gotten an agent to help field and sort the offers. To read the full article, click here.

Back in October 2016, Brody was featured in a KCUR website article here by Bill Brownlee which seemed to foretell, perhaps, good things coming for Brody due to his considerable talent even though he was kind...

January 30, 2017

Having just come from the IBC Sendoff Party for Amanda Fish Band and Brody Buster, I was counting up how many times Kansas City has been represented in the finals of the International Blues Challenge.  Since the Blues Foundation began sponsoring an annual band contest in 1984, Kansas City has been fortunate to have many talented musicians reach that coveted spot on stage.  While not all bands reach the finals, they still get to be discovered by new fans, sell CDs, and network with music industr...

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