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The 2024 CTBS Band Challenge-Finals

  • 05/19/2024
  • 3:00 PM
  • Black-Eyed Sally's Hartford CT

May 19th 2024 3pm

CTBS Band Challenge finals

Blackeyed Sally's, Hartford CT

This is our 27th annual event (missed 2 due to COVID)

Round 1 winner

Snake Hill Blues

Vaughn Collins - Vocals, Joe Montalto - Guitar, Tom Knapp - Sax, Rob Martini - Bass, Mark Zarrillo - Drums

Round 2 winner

F & Blues Band-

Timothy Cuff-Harmonica, Rick Stannard-Guitar, Tom Purwinis-Bass,, Joe Presti-Drums

Round 3 winner

Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave.

Johnny Marino - Vocals/Harp, Carl Ricci-Guitar/Vocals , Michael Rush - Bass, Mark Hennessey - Drums

Wildcard winner

Brother Sal Blues Band

Brother Sal - Guitar/Vocals, Chris Ball - Bass/Backups, Don McAulay - Drums

The final band will represent the CTBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN 2025. Band line up will be announces as soon as it is finalized.


The Connecticut Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Hartford CT

Live blues music and blues shows in Connecticut and surrounding areas including (but not limited to): Ansonia, Berlin, Bridgeport, Bristol, Canton, Cheshire, Coventry, Danbury, Derby, Fairfield, Granby, Groton, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, Middletown, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Putnum, Shelton, Simsbury, South Norwalk, Southington, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, West Haven, and Winsted.

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