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2018 Road to Memphis Blues Challenge

It’s time to sign up for the 2018 Dayton Blues Society Road to Memphis Blues Challenge. Winners will represent Dayton at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The challenge will be held at W.O. Wright’s on June 24, see ya there.

All the details and rules regarding our challenge can be found in the following documents.

DBS IBC Participant Info 2018

Top 8 Reasons to Compete

Sign up online today here.

You can also fill out this form and mail it to us if you prefer to sign up this way:

2018 DBS Application


The Fourth Annual DBS Youth Showcase: Recap

On Saturday, the Dayton Blues Society held it’s annual youth showcase to a sold out crowd at W. O. Wrights. This event featured a network blues musicians under the age of 21 from all across the US. In addition to presenting the accomplishments of these young artists, the goal of this event is to raise money to further enhance their talent. The money raised at this event was enough to provide two musicians, Nelson Florek and Moses Mabarak, with scholarships to the MasterClass Workshop Experience organized by theĀ Pinetop Perkins Foundation. The primary mission of The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career, and to help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.

These photos show the all of the performers (above) as well as one bands that performed during the event (below). In the photo below the two scholarship recipients can be seen playing together, where Moses is second from the left, and Nelson is pictured on the right.

This was just one of the bands that performed this evening. The event started at about 7:00 PM and the last jam tune finished up a little after midnight. The photos below present just a small fraction of the great moments that occurred on stage Saturday night.


To help raise money for the awarded scholarships, a guitar was raffled that included signatures from a number of well known blues artists including Bobs Corritone, Margolin, and Stroger. We want to thank all of the musicians, parents, and fans for making this evening a huge success. Also thanks to W.O. Wrights for hosting. We are currently working on planning our next events, so check back to see what we will be putting together next.

(Photos by Linda Wright)

The Fourth Annual DBS Youth Showcase

On February 17, the Dayton Blues Society will be hosting its 4th annual youth showcase. This event features fantastic blues players who are all under 21 years of age. This year, we have the pleasure of bringing you promising young blues acts from all across the country, some of which are already making a name for themselves nationwide. We hope to see you there.

The 2018 DBS Winter Blues Showcase

On Saturday January 13th, stop by the Blue Note Bistro to cheer on the acts representing the Dayton Blues Society at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. These acts were selected in July when they won the Dayton Blues Society’s annual ‘Road to Memphis’ Competition, and were judged by a collection of the area’s most notable blues DJs. We would love for you to join us and experience what the Dayton blues scene has to offer.