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The Thunder Bay Blues Society will be hosting a “Solo/Duo” Category

for its 2019 “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge (date TBA).

The winner of this category will represent the TBBS at the 36th International Blues Challenge

in Memphis, TN in January 2020.

Funding from the TBBS for the winner will be announced at a later date,

but will be no less than $350/person.

Going forward, the TBBS will be alternating categories each year.

This will keep the category fresh each year and give musicians plenty of time to decide if they would like to enter as a band or a solo/duo.

Therefore In 2020, the TBBS will be hosting a “Band” Category.

Stay tuned for further announcements regarding our 2019 Blues Challenge

and upcoming TBBS events!

TBBS “Highway 61 to Memphis” Blues Challenge Announcement

Our Inaugural ‘Blues House Party’ is 100% SOLD OUT!!

Thanks to our Members and the general public for your tremendous support …

We’re proud to be hosting a very exciting, old style, “Blues House Party” featuring 4 Bands at the Branch 5 Legion on Van Norman St.

We have some great value-added features for our Members, and some draw prizes that will make Non-Members want to join just so they can have a chance to win!!

Each advance ticket sold includes a 7 oz. beer sample from our friendsat the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company at no extra charge.

TBBS Member-only draws to win one of several great prizes including:

Grand Prize - 2 Weekend Passes to 2019 Thunder Bay Blues Fest

2 free tickets to our Spring event

2 free tickets to our Fall event

CD & DVD prize packages plus other great prizes to be announced

Our Lineup of Bands includes:

The Shortstops

Youth Blues Band featuring:

Quayson Williams, Nathan McChristie and Jaiden Holmstrom

James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution

Veterans of Thunder Bay’s Blues Scene featuring:

James Boraski, Cale Wilson, Brad Rusnak (Smedley B), Mike Carson, Tyler Manning

and they’ll be featuring a surprise special guest on Saxophone

The Shakes

A new and emerging Blues band comprised of well-known performers featuring:

Sami Chong; Chris Saunders, Joe Petch, Jen Swistun-Wolski and Bernie Wolski


A group of seasoned Bluesmen who have kept the Blues alive in Thunder Bay for many years featuring:

Eddie Mlynarski, Smedley B (Brad Rusnak), Mike Carson and Steve Buset.

Here’s our next surprise to tell you about as another value-added, no extra charge, bonus feature:

to keep you partying & dancing just a little while longer, here’s where the evening gets even more interesting, magical and exciting…


The TBBS has asked Eddie M to Host the first-ever Blues House Party All-Star Jam that will feature an eclectic mix & mash of musicians from each of the evenings bands!!

For anyone who has ever attended an All-Star Jam, you know that these are often the “once in a Blues moon” experiences where magic happens that might never ever happen again or be repeated.

So stick around folks, and treat yourself to the full deal that our House Party has to offer – after all, as the song says: “we’re gonna party ‘til the sun comes up”!!

This is a ‘one-night-only’ opportunity to support the Thunder Bay Blues Society in our IBC Fundraiser and our local Blues artists who keep our music of choice alive and vibrant in Thunder Bay.