Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

Entries are open for all of our IBC competitions
visit our IBC Challenge page

IBC Band Challenge
Saturday October 18, 2014

IBC Logo

PCBS is once again holding our local competition and sending the winning band to the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2015. Our local competition will be held on Saturday October 18 at Memphis On Main in Champaign, and is open to Illinois based blues bands. Winners of the PCBS Band challenge will receive a minimum of $1000.00 in travel assistance towards the Memphis event. Thanks to Skins-N-Tins Drum Shop for providing the drum kit for all the bands to use at our challenge.

This is always one of the most exciting events we host each year. Bands will have 25 minutes to impress the panel of judges who will choose the best band using the Blues Foundation's suggested scoring criteria. They are judged in five categories; Blues Content, Vocals, Instrumental Skills, Originality and Stage Presence. Go to our IBC Challenge page for information, rules, scoring details and entry forms. The deadline for bands to register is September 24.

Previous PCBS IBC Band Winners
  • Hurricane Ruth - 2011
  • Jerry Lee & The Juju Kings - 2012
  • Back Pack Jones - 2013

IBC Solo/Duo Challenge
Saturday November 1, 2014

This year Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to hold a competition in the Solo/Duo category in addition to our traditional Band Challenge. The winner represents PCBS in Memphis in the Solo/Duo category. Solo/Duo acts will have 20 minutes to impress the panel of judges who will choose the best act using the scoring system based on five categories. If you're interested in competing as a Solo/Duo act, go to our IBC Challenge page, print out your entry form, fill it in and return it before October 8.

Best Self-Produced CD competition

We're also holding a Best Self-Produced CD competition to send one of our member bands' recently released CD's to the competition in Memphis. CD's must have been released between Nov. 1 2013 and Oct. 31 2014 to be eligible. Our panel of judges will choose the best CD to represent us. We're accepting entries through our IBC Band Challenge on October 18.

Previous PCBS BSPCD Winners
  • Hurricane Ruth "The Power of the Blues... Feels Like a Hurricane" - 2012
  • Benny Jenkins Bloodline "Can't Quit The Blues" - 2013

If you have questions about competing in any of our challenges, send us an email at:

Entries are open for all of our competitions - go to our IBC Challenge page,
print out your entry form, fill it in and return it before the deadline.

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM Thursday October 9
Po' Boys
202 E. University Ave., Urbana

Join us for a short business meeting, some delicious food and a beverage or two. We'd love to hear your suggestions for future educational and entertainment events. We'll be finishing planning for our IBC Challenges and Best Self-Produced CD competition. We will also have some updates on our Educational events. Hear about our plans and give us your input on how to make blues society events better.

Want to help support the blues?
Consider becoming a Member of PCBS

We support blues throughout our community and the world. Our mission is preserve, promote and educate about the blues. We support the blues in a variety of ways, bringing new blues artists to town, supporting local blues bands and venues and educating the community through our Blues In The Schools programs.

PCBS is a non-profit organization formed to promote blues music and artists in East Central Illinois. We're a proud affiliate of The Blues Foundation.

You can now earmark your donations specifically for our Education programs. It's a great way to help us achieve our mission of educating about the blues and be a part of bringing up the next generation of blues musicians and fans.

Your tax deductable donation to our Education Fund helps to keep these programs alive

This PayPal link will direct your donation in any amount directly to our educational efforts, including our "Blues In The Schools" (BITS) program.

Thanks to all the bands and artists who have contributed to our prize pool of CD's that we give away at our monthly meetings. Locally we want to thank, Back Pack Jones, Benny Jenkins bloodline, Keith Harden, The Sugar Prophets and The Kilborn Alley Blues Band. PCBS members wait for the conclusion of each meeting hoping their raffle ticket is drawn.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the bands!