South Florida Blues Challenge 2019

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The South Florida Blues Society (SFBS) will be holding its’ Annual “South Florida Blues Challenge” aka “Road To Memphis” for the IBC (International Blues Challenge) on Sunday, September 15, 2019 inside the banquet room at Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar located on the grounds of the Pompano Beach municipal golf course.  The winning band and solo/duo act will have a chance to go on and represent the South Florida Blues Society at the 36th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN in January 28th through February 1, 2020. Attendees will also be able to show their support in selecting a “fan favorite”!

Doors open at 3:00 pm, and the show starts at 4:00 and keeps going until all the bands have played (until 10:00pm).
As of the beginning of the month, 6 Bands, 2 Solo acts & 1 Duo will be competing.

The Lineup for 2019

  • Joel DaSilva Band
  • Peter Roland Band
  • Little Eddie (Solo)
  • Denny Artache Band
  • Midnite Johnny Band
  • Mark Telesca (Solo)
  • The Painkillers
  • Bluestone
  • Heidi Rosenbaum & Robert Ross (Duo)
*(Schedule subject to change)

36th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

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  $15 General Admission at the door
  $10 SFBS Members (with valid membership card) Renew or join at the door!
  • Proceeds help fund the winners trip to Memphis!
  • No reservations accepted, please have complete parties for seating.
For more info, visit, call Bluesbobby at 954-461-6673 or email [email protected]


Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar is located at 1103 N. Federal Highway at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course on the west side of Federal Hwy., midway between Atlantic Blvd. & Copans Road.
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Date(s) - 09/15/2019
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Galuppi's Restaurant Patio-Bar & Banquet Facility 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida, 33062