Ten blues bands competed for spots in the Silver Spring and DC Blues Festivals lineups at the DC Blues Society Festival Auditions held at the Surf Club Live in Hyattsville, MD on Saturday, April 18, 2009
This is a special year for the DCBS Festival Auditions since the winner not only gets to perform at the 21st Annual DC Blues Festival in Washington, DC on September 5, but also at the First Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival in Downtown Silver Spring on May 9. Visit http://www.dcblues.org/ often for updates about both events.
The following is a list of the some of the region’s best blues bands who performed at the Festival Auditions:
Kimiesha & Company
Hugh Feeley & Talk Is Cheap
Jenn & The Tonics
Rose Between Thorns
Ida Campbell & the Blues Men
The Sherwood Blues Band
Capitol Blues Ensemble
The bands performed twenty minutes sets and were scored on the basis of four categories: Blues Content, Talent, Originality, and Stage Presence.
Alan Bowser, President of the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. was selected as one of the Festival Audition judges.