Prairie Crossroads Blues Society

Champaign-Urbana IL

IBC Solo/Duo Challenge
Saturday November 1, 2014
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Bentley's Pub
419 N. Neil St. Champaign


IBC Logo

This year Prairie Crossroads Blues Society is excited to hold a Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge competition in the Solo/Duo category. The winner represents PCBS in Memphis in the international competition held January 20-24, 2015.

Musicians will have 25 minutes to impress the panel of judges who will choose the best act using the Blues Foundation scoring system based on five categories: blues content, vocals, talent, originality and stage presence.

The lineup for the Solo/Duo Challenge is:

Winners will be announced at the end of the evening.

Admission to our Solo/Duo Challenge is only $5
The event kicks off at 5:00, get there early to get a great seat.

Best Self-Produced CD competition

We're also holding a Best Self-Produced CD competition to send a recently released CD from one of our member bands 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.

The bands and CDs entered this year are:

  • Hurricane Ruth - "Born On The River"
  • Back Pack Jones – "Betsy’s Kitchen"
  • Alex Jenkins & The Bombers - "Voodoo You"
  • Black Magic Johnson – "Walk With You Baby"
  • Jerry Lee Gingery and the Juju Kings – "Southside of Nowhere"

We'll be announcing the winning CD at our IBC Solo/Duo Challenge on Saturday Novemeber 1, at Bentley's Pub.

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

PCBS Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM Thursday November 13
Black Rock Pizza
Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana

Join us for a short business meeting, some delicious food and a beverage or two. We'll have updates on upcoming Entertainment and Educational events. We'll take a quick look back at our IBC Challenges and perhaps note a few improvements for next year. Come out and share your thoughts and ideas on how to make your Blues Society more exciting!


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 stick around till the conclusion of each meeting hoping their raffle ticket is drawn.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the bands!


Interested in Folk and Roots Music? PCBS is a proud supporter of the
C-U Folk and Roots Festival. This year's fest takes place Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8 at a number of venues throughout downtown Urbana.