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Introducing the 2017 HOTBC Winners!

August 9, 2017

The 2017 Heart of Texas Blues Challenge has concluded with an evening of superlative performances highlighting the vitality of Central Texas blues!

 

 

Our Solo/Duo finalists were:

 

•  Kathy & The Kilowatts Duo  

•  Granvil Poynter

 

Each artist presented riveting, powerful sets – the audience was clearly enthralled. In a close vote by the judges, Kathy & The Kilowatts Duo was selected as the Solo/Duo winner!

 

Shelby Cheyenne followed with a spirited performance in the Youth category. We're extremely pleased to announce that we'll be sending Shelby to Memphis to represent Austin!

 

Our Band finalists were:

 

•  Chris Oliver & Company

•  Rochelle & The Sidewinders

 

As was widely expected, both bands delivered rousing, crowd-pleasing performances – it was going to be close! After the judges' points were totaled, the winner was Rochelle & The Sidewinders!

 

All of our winners now advance to the International Blues Challenge, which will be held in Memphis, TN from January 16th - 20th.

 

The Austin Blues Society would like to thank all of our participants in this year's challenge. This year represents a high water mark in terms of the number of participants and the quality of the performances – all of you truly made this an exceptional event!

 

Our thanks go out to our distinguished panel of judges:

 

•  Andrew Cohen

•  Pitt Garrett

•  Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff

•  Johnny LaTouf

•  Matthew Robinson

 

We couldn't host an event like this without our wonderful volunteers:

 

•  Michelle Eneboe

•  Mike Eneboe

•  Marv Howse

•  Rod Southern

 

Thanks to our hard-working ABS board members and advisors, who were responsible for putting this event together:

 

•  Skye Downing

•  Catfish Russ

•  Fawn Storm

•  Deborah Vanko

•  Lisa Woodcock

 

Lastly, our sincere thanks to Antone's Nightclub and their staff – their helpfulness and professionalism was crucial to carrying out this event!

 

Stay tuned for information regarding upcoming fundraisers to help defray travel expenses for our HOTBC winners!

 

 

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