This year, several local bands competed in rounds on Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 at the venue. Each band was allowed to play a 25-minute set and scored in five categories: blues content, vocal performance, instrumental performance, originality, and stage presence.
On Sun. Nov. 6, four finalists — Momma and the Redemption Band, Nate Mills and the Blue Plate Specials, the J. Edwards Band, and the Highway 17 Blues Band — perform in front of a panel of judges, starting around 3:30 p.m. A donation of $5 at the door is appreciated. The top scorer will travel to the Challenge, held from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.