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Lafayette Hotel is host to the oldest and largest blues talent competition in the Buckeye State this weekend.

The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Ohio hosted the 21st annual River City Blues Competition.

Various local bands took the stage playing the guitar, drums and most importantly showcasing their singing ability.

Chris Shepard of Vinnie and the Lubricators

“It gives our name out there, you know, makes people more aware of what we're doing, what kind of music we're playing and stuff and hopefully it might lead to further shows either in this area or elsewhere.”

The first place winner will receive $1,000 in cash and a chance to compete for sponsorship at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next year.

But for one band, it's not about winning and losing.

“It gives our name out there, you know, makes people more aware of what we're doing, what kind of music we're playing and stuff and hopefully it might lead to further shows either in this area or elsewhere,” says Chris Shepard of Vinnie and the Lubricators Band.

The River City Blues Competition welcomes bands from across the country to take part in the contest.

Reviews

The Marietta Times

“One of the Mid-Ohio Valley's premier musicians”

ACRN News

“With experience comes refined skill, and Vinnie Mele has plenty of experience.”

The Columbus Dispatch

“The ultimate crossover band”

Union Hall Theatre

“Thank you for a great performance. You brought the crowd right out of their seats, exactly how we hoped!”

Brickstreet BBQ Festival

“Your music was great as always! You added a great spirit to the evening and everyone enjoyed your music so much. Thank you and thank you again.”

The Adelphia Music Hall

“Your show is always top notch, energetic and full of variety.”