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The Blues Foundation Announces Recipients of 2019 “Keeping The Blues Alive" Award

The Blues Foundation Announces Recipients of 2019 “Keeping The Blues Alive” Award

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MEMPHIS (CelebrityAccess) — The Blues Foundation has this week announced the recipients of its 2019 “Keeping the Blues Alive” Awards.

Decided by a select panel of blues professionals, the annual KBA Awards recognize the writers, disc jockeys, photographers, record labels, blues societies, music clubs, festivals and others in the blues world that have played vital roles in advancing the art and commerce of blues.

The 2019 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are: 

HANS EKESTANG (Photographer)
JESSE FINKELSTEIN (Radio Broadcaster)
SARAH FRENCH (Publicist)
JEAN GUILLERMO (Co-Founder European Blues Union)
TOM HYSLOP (Music Writer)
DON OTTENSMAN (Radio Broadcaster)
BOB TRENCHARD (Musician, Songwriter, Producer)

The KBA Awards are just part of The Blues Foundation’s 35th Annual International Blues Challenge. Held in Memphis, along historic Beale Street, the IBC kicks off Tuesday, January 22, 2019, with international Showcase performances and culminates with the finals at the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, January 26, 2019at 12 noon.

More than 800 musicians from around the globe are anticipated to converge in Memphis to battle for glory — along with prizes and bookings — at the world’s largest and most renowned blues music competition. Showcases and jam sessions will occur daily along Beale Street with more music happening after the Challenge concludes each evening, going well into the night.

International Blues Challenge Pass, final seating upgrades, and tickets to the “Keeping the Blues Alive” Awards Brunch and Ceremony, available HERE.

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