River City Blues Competition Seeks Talent

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The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society of Marietta, Ohio, have announced their 22nd annual River City Blues Competition, the oldest and largest blues talent competition in the state of Ohio.

The event will take place Feb. 14-15, 2014 at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta.

Past participants have come from New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Artists compete for sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The first place winner will receive $1000 dollars in cash and BJFM sponsorship to the IBC in Memphis in 2015, where they will gain valuable exposure to record label A&R representatives, blues industry professionals and festival promoters.

Second place winner will receive $500 in cash and third place winner will receive $300 in cash. There are 18 slots in the competition this year.

The big winners, however, are the blues fans who enjoy a weekend of great blues entertainment rarely available in Southeast Ohio at a bargain price. One of the things that makes the Marietta competition unique is that it has no geographic restrictions and is open to serious blues acts from anywhere.

For more information about registering your band or solo/duo act for this competition, visit www.bjfm.org and click on the link to Blues Competition. On that page you will find links to the rules and application. Applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.