IBC WINNERS STARGAZERS

THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS

As an affiliate of The Blues Foundation, Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC) has the privilege of sending representatives to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. The IBC takes place January 22-26, 2019 on historic Beale Street. PPBC’s local IBC competition was held August 19 on the big stage at Stargazers. Meet the winners who will represent PPBC!

GOING TO MEMPHIS!

The Movers & Shakers—Band Category Winners

The Movers & Shakers are a dynamic collaboration of family and friends. Their live performances have become the stuff of legend in the Rocky Mountain region. The band’s energy and chemistry are the result of longstanding friendships and family members. Each member is either related or has one or more friendships in the group which date back a decade or more. Their style has a heart of soul and a soul of BLUES! They come to play!

MOVERS

Left to right: Andy Webber, vocals; Scott Sessions, trumpet; Kyle Borthick, drums; Nick Pauly, bass; Ken Johnston, sax (baritone and alto); Eddie Silk, tenor sax and keyboards; Ryan Borthick, guitar

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The Hustle Kings—Solo/Duo Category Winners

The Hustle Kings are a big duo featuring Dan’s funky and soulful harp, beatboxing; looping and vocals mixed with Bruce’s funky drumming, hand percussion and soulful vocals. Together, they create a fresh and powerful sound. A BIG DUO!

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Left to right: Dan Treanor, vocals/guitar/harmonica/khalam and Bruce Collins, vocals/djembe/drums

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Alfonzo and The Red Army - Youth Showcase Winners

Alfonzo and The Red Army are a newly formed blues trio from Longmont, CO. This talented group is sure to make PPBC proud as they represent the Pikes Peak area in the Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. The Youth Showcase is a one day event held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Hard Rock Cafe. Congratulations to Alfonzo and The Red Army. This is a great opportunity to showcase their talent as “up and coming” blues musicians…the next generation of great blues. The multi-instrumentalists that make up the band have one rule: “to play the music real.” PPBC looks to this young, talented group to take the torch and keep the blues alive.

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Left to right: Alfonzo (Alfred Dvorak), age 15; Jeremiah Schofield, age 18; Elizabeth Bastunskiy, age 14