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Sydney Blues Society Events, that is events we organise, will all be listed here. Note you can switch between list and calendar view.

SBS Events

    • 28 Jul 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • PPaddo RSL Club Lounge, 232 Oxford Street, PADDINGTON

    Welcome All
    (free for everyone)

    • 3 Aug 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Marrickville Bowlo

     ️SAT 3 AUG (Marrickville Bowling Club) for International Blues Music Day

    Frank Sultana + Jo Fabro Band ft. Pat Powell + Steph Marchant & Her Monster Band + The Mighty Reapers.


     Have a listen >

    Don't miss the opportunity to witness Frank Sultana's unparalleled talent live—join us for an unforgettable celebration of the blues!

    • 20 Sep 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • 22 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 PM
    • Butchers Brew, Miss Celie's, Leichhardt Bowlo, The Polish Club
    • 47

    Competition Details

    Band Heats:

    • Heat 1 Friday 20 September Leichhardt Bowling Club  8 pm start  88-92 Piper St Leichhardt
    • Heat 2  Saturday 21 September Ms Celie's 7 pm Start  15-17 Hercules St, Ashfield

    Solo/Duo Heats:

    • Heat 1 Friday 20 September Butchers Brew Start 7:30 pm  499 Marrickville Rd    Dulwich Hill
    • Heat 2 Saturday 21 September Butchers Brew Start 7:30 pm 499 Marrickville Rd Dulwich Hill


    • Sunday 22 September The Polish Club Start 4:00pm 182 Liverpool Rd                   Ashfield 

    Solo / Duo Category Prize

    • We can fund $3,500 per competitor. Solo = $3,500, Duo = $7,000

    • The SBS may book accommodation in advance to contain costs

    Band Category Prize

    • Bands up to 5 members will receive $3,500 per member.  Beyond 5 the band will receive total $17,500.

    • The SBS may book accommodation in advance to contain costs  

    Regional Performers

    The Sydney Blues Society (SBS) is committed to supporting regional NSW competitors participating in the heats. Accordingly, we will provide funding of up to $350 per competitor for travel expenses to Sydney, contingent upon the distance travelled. Additionally, we will require verification of the performers' credentials to ensure they meet the required performance standards.

    Other Costs

    All other associated costs must be met by The Act.    


    The aim of the Sydney Blues Challenge is to find the best possible blues Solo/Duo Act and Band to represent the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge held January 7 - 11,  2025 on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.


    Closing Date

    Midnight 10 September 2024


    All entries are to be submitted online by midnight 10 September 2024

    No application will be accepted after this date. 

    As part of your application we require some video of your act performing. 

    For any enquiries regarding the Sydney Blues Challenge, 

    call Di Ford on 0428 608 119 or email

    Challenge Guidelines

    The Blues Challenge is open to any Blues act meeting the criteria below:

    • All members of the act must be at least 18 years old or older

    • All members of the Act must be SBS members 

    • At least one act member must reside in NSW

    • A musician cannot compete in the Band Division and the Solo/Duo Division in the same year.

    • A musician cannot compete in more than one band in the Band Division.

    The SBS reserve the right to accept or refuse The Act by review of their music. 

    The Act will be notified of their eligibility to compete in the Challenge after the closing date.

    All members of The Act must stay at the Sydney Blues Challenge for the whole evening.

    The members of The Act who perform on the night of the Challenge Final are the performers who will go to Memphis. You cannot substitute players or take different players to Memphis if you win. Disqualification will apply in these circumstances and The Act awarded second place will be appointed as the SBS representative to Memphis.

    In extreme circumstances of sickness or duress, the SBS committee will review changes of membership to The Act going to Memphis. The decision of the committee on the matter will be final.

    The performance time for each band will be determined by a draw made by the SBS committee prior to the Challenge, no performance times shall be changed after this draw.

    Independent judges will judge the Challenge based on the International Blues Challenge Criteria and scores on the night are final.

    The Act will have 25 minutes playing time and will lose points if they play over or under this time.

    Points will be awarded in five categories: blues content, originality, stage presence, talent, and vocals. 

    The Sydney Blues Society Committee has the right to dismiss acts for not complying with the guidelines of the Challenge and for any behaviour before, during or after this contest that brings The SBS into disrepute. 

    The Rules are subject to change if the International Blues Challenge rules change.

    The winning act must show evidence of acceptance to enter the USA October, or the prize will default to The Act placed second.

    The winning act may only represent the SBS at the International Blues Challenge three times. 

    If for any unforeseen reason The Act is unable to attend the IBC in the USA all monies including the prize, any additional SBS fundraising, and donations will be returned to the SBS.

    What You Have to Do 

    Fill out the online form to register and email attaching any photos, digital music, and a bio to be used by SBS for publicity purposes. 

    On the night 

    The Act needs to supply the judges with a set list (3 copies, one for each judge), stating the name of songs performed and the composer of each song. Please highlight any songs written by present or previous band members. 


    The SBS reserves the right to use any contestant's name, voices, pictures, visages, and other likeness for the purpose of advertising, publishing, and promoting the Sydney Blues Challenge.

    Entry Fees 

    To be eligible to enter the Challenge, Acts are required to be members of the SBS this includes Kings Membership.

    Scoring Criteria directly from the IBC website

    Blues Content: The sound and feel of the music should be true to any of blues sub-categories: traditional blues, country blues, soul blues, blues rock and/or contemporary blues. Judges will be listening for inspired and original song selections or new takes on blues standards. Creative reach is encouraged.

    Originality: Original work is encouraged. Cover tunes are allowed but playing the recorded rendition lick by lick is discouraged, will not be looked upon favourably by the judges and will be reflected in scoring.

    Acts must indicate if their songs are their own original material (this can be done at the start of the set or before each song as appropriate) and /or identify the covers that they are playing and acknowledge the originator.

    Vocals: The act’s vocal skills to include concepts of tone, musicality, meaning and expression.

    Instrumental Talent: Ability level on all instruments featured within the act.

    Stage Presence: The ability to command the attention of the audience by the impressiveness of one’s manner and appearance on stage. Judges will consider how an act connects with and engages the audience in the music. Proper use of microphones and amplification will be considered.

    Scores are Weighted: To reflect the relative importance of each category 

    Blues Content x 4,

    Originality x 3

    Stage Presence x 2

    Instrumental Talent x 2

    Vocals x 2.

    The total in each category represents the Weighted Score for that category.                                             

    Total possible weighted score is 130. 

    Penalty Points                                                                                                               

    An Act is penalized one point from its Total Weighted Score for each of the following:

    • Each ten seconds that it runs overtime during the performance.

    • Failing to acknowledge that a song is a cover and/or not giving credit to its originator.

    • Finishing 3 or more minutes before its allotted performance time expires.

    • Excessive time loading-in before and/or loading out after performing.

    Final Caveat:

    The SBS reserves the right to modify, amend, or adjust the competition details, guidelines, and prizes at its discretion to ensure fairness and the smooth operation of the event. Any changes will be communicated promptly to all participants.

Past events

5 Jul 2024 SBS presents Darren Jack Band
30 Jun 2024 June Jam - Shane Pacey Trio w/ Dan Parise
23 Jun 2024 SBS presents Frank Sultana Band + Tomcat Playground
31 May 2024 SBS presents Sam Buckley Trio
29 May 2024 SBS presents The Blues Awards 2024
26 May 2024 May Jam - Django Blackheart
28 Apr 2024 April Jam - Big Mama & The Charm Offensive
12 Apr 2024 SBS presents Pete Cornelius Trio (TAS)
6 Apr 2024 SBS presents 3 Bands Live @ Miss Celie's
24 Mar 2024 March Jam - Continental Robert's All Stars
25 Feb 2024 February Jam - The Bellhops
11 Feb 2024 Sydney Blues Challenge 2024 - Registration
17 Dec 2023 December Jam - Continental Robert's Juke Joint Four + GD & The King Brothers
5 Dec 2023 SBS AGM
26 Nov 2023 November Jam - The Arc Riders
26 Nov 2023 SBS Master Class - Vocals
29 Oct 2023 October Jam - Horse Drawn Cadillac
29 Oct 2023 SBS Master Class - Slide Guitar
24 Sep 2023 September Jam - Ali Penney & The Money Makers
24 Sep 2023 SBS Master Class - Keyboards
10 Sep 2023 Memphis Band Challenge
27 Aug 2023 August Jam - Chloe Kaye & The Crusade
27 Aug 2023 SBS Master Class - Bass Guitar
19 Aug 2023 Live @ The Pratto - The McNamarr Project (VIC) + Kate Lush & Hipnola
5 Aug 2023 International Blues Music Day Celebration
30 Jul 2023 July Jam - featuring Greg Nunan & The General Jackson
30 Jul 2023 SBS Master Class - Drums
16 Jul 2023 Sydney Blues Challenge 2023 - Solo / Duo Category
15 Jul 2023 Live @ The Pratto - Ali Penney & The Money Makers + The WeirdAssembly
25 Jun 2023 June Jam - featuring Blues Collective
25 Jun 2023 SBS Master Class - Performing / Jamming
17 Jun 2023 Live @ The Pratto - Pat Powell + Ezra Lee
1 Jun 2023 The Blues Awards 2023
28 May 2023 May Jam - featuring Simon Kinny-Lewis Band
28 May 2023 SBS Master Class - Harmonica / Brass
20 May 2023 Live @ The Pratto - Jesse Redwing & James Southwell
30 Apr 2023 April Jam - featuring The Squeezers
30 Apr 2023 SBS Master Class - Songwriting
15 Apr 2023 Live @ The Pratto with Bridie King + The SunBears
26 Mar 2023 March Jam - featuring Django Blackheart
26 Mar 2023 SBS Master Class - Guitar
26 Mar 2023 SBS Master Class - Guitar / Song Writing / Harp & Brass
18 Mar 2023 Live @ The Pratto - Continental Robert + Nathan Beretta
26 Feb 2023 February Jam - featuring Christina Crofts Band
18 Feb 2023 Live @ The Pratto - Frank Sultana & Genevieve Chadwick
29 Jan 2023 January Jam - featuring The Bellhops
18 Dec 2022 Xmas Jam - featuring Continental Blues Party
13 Dec 2022 Sydney Blues Society Annual General Meeting
27 Nov 2022 November Jam - featuring Chris Harland Blues Band
30 Oct 2022 October Jam - featuring The Midnight Ramblers
25 Sep 2022 September Jam - No House Band
28 Aug 2022 August Jam - featuring Chris Turner and The Cave Men
6 Aug 2022 30th Birthday Bash and IBMD Celebration
31 Jul 2022 July Jam - featuring Big Mama & The Hanged Men
17 Jul 2022 International Blues Challenge - Solo / Duo
3 Jul 2022 International Blues Challenge - Bands
26 Jun 2022 June Jam - featuring The Sun Bears
29 May 2022 May Jam - featuring P.J. O'Brien Band
24 Apr 2022 April Jam - featuring Tomcat Playground
10 Apr 2022 Blues Society Harbour Cruise featuring Pacey, King and Doley
27 Mar 2022 March Jam - featuring Liza Ohlback and The Mercy Train
27 Feb 2022 February Jam - featuring Steve Edmonds Blues Quartet
23 Jan 2022 January Jam - featuring Matt Ross & Deadman's Blues
19 Dec 2021 SBS Christmas Jam
7 Dec 2021 Sydney Blues Society Annual General Meeting
4 Dec 2021 Sydney Blues Society Christmas Party
28 Nov 2021 SBS November Jam
31 Oct 2021 The October Jam
28 Aug 2021 SBS Birthday Party
28 Feb 2021 February Jam
2 Feb 2021 February Committee Meeting
31 Jan 2021 January Jam

Sydney Blues Society Inc.
ABN: 94 132 343 544

Sydney Blues Society
PO Box 197
Newtown, NSW 2042

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