"So we too can make creative contributions, even though the door of freedom is not fully opened. We need not wait until oppression ceases before we seek to make creative contribution to our nation’s life." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Bands and DJs

Did you know that our DJs spend hours and hours in advance of bluesSHOUT! weekend choosing the perfect songs for competitions? They also are constantly curating their collections of thousands of blues songs in order to choose the perfect blend for the social floor. Our DJ staff is made up of some of the most experienced and knowledge blues music experts in the country. We are so proud of their scholarship and their true love for blues music. Expect to hear old favorites, hidden gems, and new finds!

DJ Bios are up!

Visit the DJ page for more information.


It is absolutely thrilling to see the amount of talent that comes to the bluesSHOUT! competition floor every year, from our shining Newcomers to our stalwart All Stars.

In order to reflect the changes we are seeing in our national and international blues dance community values, we have made a significant change to the competition and judging criteria. Please make sure to read the Competition page from beginning to end!

Visit the Competitions page for more information on rules and eligibility.


This year, we have chosen a theme for performances at bluesSHOUT! 2018. For your performance submission, please ponder the question, "What Is Blues?" You can ask the question, answer the question, or meditate on the question. We hope that this will inspire your creativity, and look forward to your interpretations.

The deadline for performance submissions is Friday, February 16th, 2018. Acceptance notifications will go out by Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Visit the Performance page for more details.