15th Annual Blues Challenge is presented by the River City Blues Society. Emcee John Porter co-hosts the radio show “Time for the Blues” on WCVE Music, Saturdays at 10 p.m.
RCBS Blues Challenge
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 1-6 p.m.
Capital Ale House Downtown, Richmond, Va.
For information: RiverCityBlues.org/challenge.php
Richmond, Va. - This Sunday, local radio host John Porter will step out of the studio and onto the stage to emcee of one of Richmond’s biggest blues events - the River City Blues Society’s Blues Challenge. The Society, dedicated to preserving and growing public interest in the Blues, holds the Blues Challenge annually as a qualifying competition for the prestigious International Blues Challenge, which takes place each winter in Memphis, Tenn.
Past local winners have included In Layman Terms (Williamsburg), Forrest McDonald Band (Richmond), and The Bush League (Richmond), with groups advancing to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
This year’s competitors include Burn the Batteau, Dan Schutt Band, Joe the Spy, and Sorrento in the Band category and Cole and MaryAnne, James Lester and Gary Ford, Daniel “Mojo” Parker, and Paul the Resonator and Vince Fireball in the Solo/Duo category. Judges award points based on originality, performance, and blues content. Each band has 30 minutes to perform with a 10-minute break in between sets. All the acts share the same sound equipment in order to ensure a level playing field.
This is John Porter’s third year serving as emcee of the RCBS Blues Challenge. Listeners can catch him on the radio co-hosting “Time for the Blues” alongside Henry Cook on WCVE Music (93.1 FM and 107.3 FM), one the Community Idea Stations. “Time for the Blues” airs on Saturday evenings from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and can also be live-streamed on IdeaStations.org/Radio/Time-for-the-Blues.
The 2019 RCBS Blues Challenge will take place on Sunday, June 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Capital Ale House Downtown located at 623 E. Main Street, Richmond, Va. 23225. More information may be found at RiverCityBlues.org.
About the Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations, the largest locally owned and operated public media company in central Virginia, provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science, and education. Each week, the stations reach over 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The stations offer television programming throughout the region on stations including WCVE/WHTJ PBS, WCVW/WVPY PBS, WVPT PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview.
In Richmond, the Community Ideas Stations also broadcasts on radio. WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 FM (HD1). WCVE Music provides classical, jazz, blues, world music, and more on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2).
More information can be found at IdeaStations.org.