The Mane Room

2014 Shoals Blues Challenge

2014 Shoals Blues Challenge 

First Annual Shoals Blues Challenge

The Department of Entertainment Industry and The Music Preservation Society, Inc. will present the first ever Shoals Blues Challenge on Saturday afternoon, June 28, 2014 at the Mane Room located at 310 North Pine Street. Exact times TBA. The Shoals Blues Challenge is open to blues bands and solo/duos.
Winners will be given a stipend to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January, 2015 to represent the Shoals, and an opportunity to play a paying gig at the Mane Room during the prestigious W.C. Handy Festival in July.


Judging and Scoring

Acts will play a 20-minute set, a timekeeper will give a one minute and a 30 second warning. Penalty for going over the time limit. All acts will be judged in five categories. Each category will be scored on a scale of 1-10. The categories are as follows:

  1.  Blues Content

  2.  Instrumental Talent

  3.  Vocal Talent

  4.  Originality

  5.  Stage Presence.

There is an entry free of $30 for each band and $20 for solo/duos. Click on this link or the link below to download and print the application. After filling out the application either mail it to the address below or scan and email the application to If you mail in your application, please include your entry fee as a check or money order made out to "Singing River Presents". If you are emailing your application, please send your check or money order separately in the mail. Applications are not complete until the entry fee is received.

Click here to open application as a PDF.

There are two ways to submit your application:

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Singing River Presents

Attn: Shoals Blues Challenge

1 Harrison Plaza

UNA Box 5060

Florence, AL 35630 or

For further questions, please contact Bob Garfrerick 256-765-4369 or Jake Faulkner at 256-765-4816.