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Youth Blues Challenge

Congratulations To The 2015 Youth Blues Challenge Winners -
Leah and the Troublemakers


Application Form

DBS Rule for judging

A big thank you goes out to Chris at Airway Lanes, Cheri Lowe, Leslie Campbell, all of the competing acts, Nikki James, Sherrie Williams, Bill Toll, Benny Jets, and everyone that made this possible. SEE YOU IN MEMPHIS!

Detroit Blues Society To Host
The 2016 Detroit Youth Blues Challenge

The Detroit Blues Society is announcing that they will be staging the Annual Detroit Youth Blues Challenge. It will be held at Airway Lanes, 4825 Highland Road Waterford, Mi 48328, in early August of 2016. The Detroit Blues Society is currently accepting pre-applications for this event based upon the following criteria:


- You must play one pre-selected Blues song at least 1 additional Classic Blues Song.
ABSOLUTELY NO METAL - This will result in an immediate 100 point scoring deduction.

- The more Blues that you play well, the better your chance of winning.

- All musicians must be under 21 years of age at the time of the Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN in January of 2017.

- Bands only are welcome.

- Original material will be scored higher than covers.

- You must submit a video of your best Blues tune (links only please)

The Detroit Blues Society team will pick, from all qualified applicants, the top acts, deemed suitable, from the pre-applicants to compete in the competition. The event competitors will be judged by an all-star panel of Detroit Blues dignitaries in 6 categories of criteria.

The overall, declared winner of the event will go to Memphis, Tennessee to play at the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase, on Beale Street. This event will feature a worldwide cast of talented young people showcasing their Blues talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.
One of our former Youth winners now has a recording contract, tours with national acts, and lives in Nashville - here is your big chance!

This event is being staged to discover, encourage, mentor, and showcase the “next generation” of Detroit Blues Artists, while teaching today’s youth the importance and value of historic American Roots music.

To sign up for consideration, please download the application form above.

You can request your entry form at

The deadline for entry consideration is July 1, 2016.

Accepted acts will be notified after July 1st.

The  winner will receive expense money for travel to Memphis. You will participate in the IBC Youth Showcase (this is not a competition).

Required Performance Song:

Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King


Past Youth
Blues Challenge Winners



The Social Bandits


The Deals

No Competition Held


No Competition Held

Jake Bishop

photo by AnnMarie Mannino

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Detroit Blues Society
2006 Recipient for Best Blues Society


The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition, as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals, to promote a wider appreciation for the Blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.