The Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association

The 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee:

For the nineteenth time the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association will send local talent to compete at th  International Blues Challenge in Memphis January 17-20, 2018.  These are the acts that will represent us:  
Blue Veins – Band competition
Hilger & DeVos – Solo/Duo competition
Out of Favor Boys – Best self produced CD

Steve Hilger and Dave DeVos have been playing music together for over ten years. Steve Hilger is a singer-songwriting guitar player who began in the early 70’s performing acoustic music in local coffee houses and clubs. In 2007, he formed The Steve Hilger Band which performs progressive and traditional electric blues of both originals and covers. He also has a jazz trio and a straight ahead jazz quartet that also performs post-60s jazz fusion. Bassist David DeVos grew up playing in several local rock bands and the fusion band Juniper Bear. He was principal bassist for the Michigan State Jazz band and worked his way through college playing club jazz. Since then, Dave has started the My Thin Place acoustic jazz project, and has extensive sideman experience. Dave plays with the Steve Hilger Band and appears on 3 CD projects with Steve. Together, Steve and Dave have been performing as an acoustic duo in various clubs in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven and Kalamazoo. They perform music written by Steve which extends from traditional to modern blues.

The 2017 Kalamazoo Blues Festival:

Here are a few pictures from the festival, which featured a wonderful lineup and some knock-out performances!  Thanks to everyone who came out this year!!

Bobby Rush – 2017 Grammy Award Winner for Best Traditional Blues Artist

Robben Ford with the Supersonic Blues Machine

Joe Louis Walker


Sugaray Rayford knocking it out of the Event Center

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Dana Fuchs soulful performance

Janice Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 911

Future Blues Aficionados Working on Crafts