North Jersey Blues Society will present ‘Crossroads to Memphis’ contest at Stanhope House

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The North Jersey Blues Society will present six acts at the Stanhope House, June 17.

The Stanhope House will host, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the North Jersey Blues Society‘s “Crossroads to Memphis” event, at which six blues acts — Charlie Apicella & Iron City, Gladys & the Powertones, the Summit Street Blues Band, Blues People, Eric Heilner and Seth Okrend — will compete for the opportunity to take part in the next International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

I will be one of the judges, along with blues musician Eliza Neals, Blues Disciples podcaster Jamie Anthony, and Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival organizer Don Jay Smith.

Tickets are $10, though there will be no admission charge for NJBS members.

The International Blues Challenge is an annual contest and convention presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation; it bills itself as “The world’s largest gathering of blues musicians.”

The next IBC is scheduled for Jan. 16-20, with more than 20 Memphis venues hosting performances as well as seminars, master classes, film screenings, book signings, networking events and more.


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