The 2018 Journey To Memphis first round will be held on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at The Garages Music & Event Center, 4800 SW Western Avenue in Beaverton. We will be holding the event earlier this year to avoid conflict with Rose Festival events and holiday commitments the weekends of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Also, this year’s competition will take place in the afternoon allowing acts to keep gigs that they may have already scheduled for the evening hours.
This event is to determine who will represent the Cascade Blues Association at the International Blues Challenge in early 2019. Highest scores from this event will determine who will compete in the finals to be held at the Waterfront Blues Festival on July 4.
Applications to compete in the Journey To Memphis must be turned in no later than the April Cascade Blues Association Membership Meeting on Wednesday, April 4. If sending them by mail, they must be postmarked prior to the April 4 date.
Blues acts from Oregon and Washington who have not been nominated for or received a Blues Music Awards are eligible; this applies to all members of bands who may have been nominated – no exceptions. Application fee is $25.00 – all money to go toward prize money for winning acts. You must submit a short intent to compete letter, a band bio, any performer under 21 must be noted, a photo at least 300 dpi, and a sample of your music (full length songs or CDs as we try to set time for radio promotion if possible). Application packets can be turned in on hard copy (paper), disc or USB thumb-drive.
Set lengths will be determined depending on number of acts submitting applications. Set times to be drawn at random.