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Kelly Auty Blues Band

  • The Skylark Room 351 Glenfern Road Upwey, VIC, 3158 Australia (map)
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$15 presale, $20 at the door

In 2017 Kelly was inspired to enter the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's "MBAS Blues Challenge". Kelly brought together her usual 'merry men', the talented artists she regularly works with and dubbed her group "The Kelly Auty Band" for the purposes of the competition. The MBAS run the comp to find the best possible Victorian Blues BAND (and Blues SOLO/DUO) to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in January 2018.

In November 2017 the band competed live in heats to determine a winner. The Heats and Final was scored by independent judges, using the scoring system devised by the IBC. The Kelly Auty Band was the highest scoring Blues artist in the "BAND" category and were awarded the MBAS BAND Blues Performer of the Year for 2017 and were then in line to compete in the USA.

As part of their international competition, The Kelly Auty Band recorded "Kelly's Blues" an all original Blues live album (Kelly's eighth independent recording). The album features Kelly Auty (lead vocals), Boris Conley (pianist), Nick Carrafa (drummer) and Max McIntosh (bassist).

In Memphis, the band played 25 minute sets over two nights of quarterfinals. A nail-biting day later it was announced the band succeeded onto the Semi-Final with 80 other bands/artists. This is as far as the band would go in the 2018 competition. made this time. At this point the Kelly Auty Band is now truly and credibly an International Level Blues Band. 

With family and friends in tow, Kelly and her entourage of 9 hired a 12 seater van and journeyed north east to Nashville, the home of country music, the back down through Memphis and into New Orleans. The band played a number of gigs and jams alomg their blues music history trail. Their journey was documented on Kelly's Facebook Page.