Dreamboogie have won the 2015 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Blues Challenge!

Judged the highest scoring act at the Final held in Melbourne on 18th October 2015, the band have now secured their place to represent the MBAS and compete at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN USA, on 26-30 January 2016.

In Memphis, Dreamboogie will compete with hundreds of international Blues acts representing Blues Societies from around the globe and the USA. This is the 2nd time in 4 years that Dreamboogie have won the Blues Challenge to represent the MBAS in Memphis and compete at the IBC!

A special star lineup of top Blues acts in a farewell fundraiser Blues Show Extravaganza - to assist with the band's travel expenses to compete in Memphis - will be held in Melbourne on Sunday 17th January 2016 at 5pm.

View full show lineup and details here: (download flyer PDF)

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An initiative of The Blues Foundation USA, the IBC is an annual five-day event which sees the world's largest gathering of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The IBC includes band and solo/duo blues music competition, youth and international showcases and seminars . Typically, nearly 300 (band, solo/duo and youth) acts representing almost 1,000 musicians from 40 USA States and over 24 countries participate in the four competition rounds in Memphis. Significantly, the acts cannot enter directly, but are sponsored by one of 200 affiliated Blues organisations that are critical to nurturing Blues culture in their own region. These events and awards are a culmination of activities undertaken by affiliates and serve by providing a vehicle through which they can promote, preserve and ensure the future of Blues music in their region via their own competitions to determine which up-and-coming act they will send to Memphis for a once-in-a-lifetime artistic and educational opportunity. The top acts receive cash prizes, professional services and career-changing gigs, and each year, competitors other than those judged as “winners” are “discovered” and as a result, doors open for their future musical endeavours.



The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based and world-renowned as THE organisation dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this unique art form.


Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has 4100 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events are: The Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards – make The Blues Foundation the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.


A twenty-five person Board of Directors governs The Blues Foundation. Funding comes from membership dues, private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants from private foundations, government agencies and arts organizations, merchandise, advertising and event ticket sales.