This just in: Admission is now $5, $4 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members.

The preliminary round of the Iowa Blues Challenge will be held at Rascals (1414 15th St., Moline) on Sunday April 11th starting at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $10, $7 for Mississippi Valley Blues Society members. The Pocket Deuces Blues Band takes the stage at 5:00, V.J.J. Groove comes on at 6:00, and the Steady Rollin’ Blues Band starts at 7:00. Each band will play a 30- minute set, and after the challenge there will be a jam session.

The bands will be judged by three experts from as far away as Des Moines and Peoria. Each band will be evaluated in five categories: blues content, vocal talent, instrumental talent, originality, and stage presence. The winner of this Quad-City round will travel to Des Moines on May 22 to compete at the state level. The winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge will then travel to Memphis in early 2011 to compete in the International Blues Challenge. The winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge will also have a slot at the 2010 IH Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Last year’s winners of the Iowa Blues Challenge were The Avey Brothers Band of the Quad-Cities; they went on to become finalists in Memphis.

Visit Rascals online here.

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