In conjunction with the International Blues Challenge, the Beale Street Merchants Association awarded one band this past weekend with the title of Beale Street Blues Kings.
Bands and solo/duo acts came from all over the world to compete on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. As this world-class challenge hosted by the Blues Foundation came to a close, each venue chose a band to represent them in Beale Street’s own competition.
Eight bands competed at The New Daisy Theatre, resulting in Levee Town, the Dustin Pittsley Band, Selwyn Birchwood, and The Sugar Thieves as the top four. Ultimately the Dustin Pittsley Band was the winner.
The Dustin Pittsley Band is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has won several other blues awards. Being named the Beale Street Blues Kings is, of course, the most prestigious.
For more information on this event, visit the Beale Street Merchants website.