Memphis-bound: Mary Bridget Davies, the Grand Marquis and Jason Vivone at Knuckleheads tonight

Next weekend, the biggest blues explosion in the world will go down in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street. More than 100 bands from Australia to Croatia will represent in this competition that is sponsored by the Blues Foundation, an American nonprofit that provides medical and dental care and funeral expenses for blues musicians and their families.

I caught up with three local musicians who will make the 450-mile trip for the competition and showcase: Bryan Redmond (lead singer and saxophonist from the swing-jump-blues band the Grand Marquis), Mary Bridget Davies (frontwoman of the Mary Bridget Davies Group) and Jason Vivone (solo entrant, member of the Billy Bats).

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