Rainy Day Blues Society




The Rainy Day Blues Challenge was on Sunday, July 23 2017.  What a great crowd!  

The Youth Showcase band "First Press" brought the house down with their fresh indie blues versions of some classic blues!  It was great to hear a new generation play their Blues.  Truly amazing!

The winners who qualify to go to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis are:

  • Solo/Duo Act:  Jerry Zybach & John Bryson

  • Band Act:  Cherry and the Lowboys

Calling All Blues Lovers - Road To Memphis

This fall we start the fundraising drive to raise the travel expenses for the winners of Rainy Day Blues Challenge. This is were we come together as a community and make something wonderful happen for the amazing musicians who gave it their all and are excited to represent our community in Memphis at the IBC.  Let's get together and make it happen. 

Dates to Remember

Saturday, September 23, 2017:  First "Road To Memphis" Show and Fundraiser

Saturday, November 11, 2017:  Second "Road To Memphis" Show and Fundraiser


Shout Out to Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind

On Monday evening, the day after the Blues Challenge, many of you came to watch Jason Ricci & The Band Kind perform at Jimmy's on 11th in Eugene.  The band brought the house down.  And for an encore surprise they had Hank Shreve and Walter Herleman do cameo guest apperiences singing and playing harmonica with the Bad Kind, while Jason Ricci kicked back with the crowd and watched the show.  What a night!

Jason Ricci - Approved by Snakes tour



Stay tuned for announcements on the "Self Produced CD"


We don't have an exact date yet, but sometime soon you will see a new section on the website for Rooster Award nominations.  We will reach out to the blues community for nominees.  The Rooster Awards are local recognition awards and are not associated with the Blues Challenge, Road To Memphis, or the International Blues Challenge.

Last Year's Rainy Day Blues Challenge Winners


  Band Winner -  The Hank Shreve Band

Hank Shreve Band
  Solo/Duo Winner -  NattyBone

The International Blues Challenge (IBC) takes place in the Historic Beale Street Entertainment District in Memphis TN.

International Blues Challenge | The Blues Foundation | blues.org