COVID-19 Resources

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As part of our efforts to help our Austin blues community during the COVID-19 crisis, we're curating a variety of resources, including donations, financial assistance, links to online performances by local artists, and more. For your convenience, we've provided these links directly below, as well as under the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page. Please check these pages often, as we intend to keep them updated as much as possible.

We also encourage everyone to send any updates that we should include on these pages to – we greatly appreciate your help!

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July 11, 2017

There has been unprecedented interest in this year's Heart of Texas Blues Challenge – so much so that we have filled all competition slots for the event before the July 14th entry deadline!! We will be posting the event schedule by this weekend – stay tuned to find out the dates your favorite artists will be performing at the famed Antone's Nightclub! Get your tickets to HOTBC by clicking on the links below:

Round One – Tuesday, August 1st

Round Two – Sunday, August 6th

Finals – Tuesday,...

November 24, 2016

Help the Austin Blues Society raise money to send our Heart of Texas Blues Challenge winners to Memphis, and show off your poker prowess at the same time! Come on out to the Blue Moon Bar & Grill on Sunday, December 4th at 2:00 PM to test your skill for a prize pool of $1250!!

We're extremely excited to have two Austin representatives at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January – Jacques Bergeon in the solo/duo category, and Rochelle & The Sidewinders in the band category!

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July 15, 2016

The Band portion of the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge was held Thursday, July 14th at the Brass House. This year's competition line-up was:

• Jeff and the Jumptones

• The JJ Jones Band

• Trent Turner and the Moontowers

• Austin Nights

• Rochelle and the Sidewinders

All performances were enthusiastically received by the near-capacity audience. The bands' songs represented a broad swath of blues styles while still retaining a distinct identity, adding to the richness of the evening's entertainment.


July 8, 2016

The Solo/Duo portion of the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge was held Thursday, July 7th at the Brass House. This year's slate of competitors was comprised of:

• Mike and Amber

• Jacques Bergeon

• Blues Train(er)

Each of the artists gave crowd-pleasing and memorable performances, spanning a wide range of blues influences.

After tallying the points awarded by our panel of five judges, the winner of this year's solo/duo competition is Jacques Bergeon, who will be representing Austin in the solo/duo...

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