September 19, 2020

Doubletree Hilton

8402 University Blvd Moon, PA 15108

Doors 1pm
Music 2pm

$12 BSWPA Members

$15 General Public

$20 Dinner buffet


due to covid-19


June 9, 2020

Dear Blues family,

The 2020 Blues Society of Western PA’s Blues Challenge is now CANCELLED.

This has proven to be quite a challenging year for live music.

We have no idea what restrictions will be in place in September for the number of attendees and social distancing.  Many of our members and fans have also expressed their concerns about attending and their safety.  A virtual show was contemplated. The fact is that people have grown weary of those shows. There is no vitality and energy for the act and for the fan.  The Blues Foundation at this point is not even sure if they will hold the International Blues Challenge in the winter of 2021. They are currently polling all of the societies, many of which have already cancelled their local blues challenges.

After much consideration and weighing all the factors involved, The Blues Society of Western PA has chosen that the best option is to cancel. We are devastated by this. Many hours have already gone into the acts preparing for the competition and the BSWPA board members readying things behind the scenes.

The Blues Society of Western PA did not make this decision lightly and are upset that the current situation has made this necessary.  It is the BSWPA’s hope that we can bring to you a vibrant Blues Challenge in the spring of 2021.

For those who purchased tickets or the dinner/show package, you should have received a refund.  If not, please contact us at webmaster@bswpa.org.  Those who have made room reservations, please contact the hotel to make adjustments to your booking.

Yours in Blues,
Jonnye Weber

The 2020 Blues Challenge will feature 14 of the area's best blues bands and solo/duo acts competing for cash prizes and a chance to represent Western Pennsylvania at the 2021 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN!

  • $1000 for best band

  • $500 for best solo/duo

  • Jim Weber memorial best guitarist award ($100)

  • $500 Gift Certificate to Music Garden Studios for the band & solo/duo winners (donated by Albert Torrance)

Check back next year!
Many bands that signed up in 2020 are still planning on joining us next year, but there may be a few spots open up.

For additional information and a mail-in application, please click below.


Will be posted here once finalized!

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