Plan on a road trip to Williamsburg on Sunday, July 30, to see the Natchel Blues Network’s Blues Challenge to be held at The Triangle, 601 Prince George Street beginning at 1 p.m. All of the various local blues organizations around the country are holding events to find bands, individuals or duos, and youth performers to represent them at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next year.
At the River City Blues Challenge held earlier this year, Parker And Gray and The Tom Euler Band were selected to represent the Richmond area.
I only know one of the participants in the solo/duo category, Roots2 Music, who represented Richmond last year. They are a fine duo who mix traditional country blues and Appalachian Mountain Music into an exciting creation. The other participants, so far, include Ruth Wyand and The Tribe Of One, Kelly Curtis, and Tidewater Stomp.
I am looking forward to seeing what each of these performers will bring to the stage.
So far in the band category, there are two participants: In Layman Terms and the Billy Joe Trio. I am familiar with both of those bands and they rank among my favorites so it will be interesting to see what they will do with their chance in the spotlight.
I understand other bands may be added to the lineup, but this already makes for a compelling showcase.
The Natchel Blues Network serves the blues community in the Tidewater area, and one of their favorite sons, Bobby “BlackHat” Walters made it to the finals of the International Blues Challenge in 2016. It’s the blues, maybe lightning will strike twice!
Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to offset costs for the bands chosen to compete in Memphis. Various raffles will be held throughout the event.
For more information, check out their website.