The WIRED! Blues Band from Seattle, Washington, won the prestigious International Blues Challenge at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, in February 2012, after a four-day competition on Beale Street amongst hundreds of bands from around the world. The band has won numerous Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues awards, including three-time Best Blues Band and the Best Blues Album, and performs in blues festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Baker, Sunbanks, Jazz in the Valley, Winthrop, and the Portland Waterfront Festival, as well as the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in the Caribbean. The band was founded in 2005 at the Wired and Unplugged Coffeehouse, in Snohomish WA, by Rick Jacobson, Kevin Sutton and Keith Bakke.
The WIRED! Blues Band rings in 2014 with a fresh sound, a renewed commitment to its blues roots, and a new album in the works. Accomplished and versatile guitar player, singer/songwriter and bluesman Neal “Virgil” Brown has joined Rick Jacobson and Keith Bakke as a full-time member of the band and its new front man. This is a natural evolution, as Neal, a soulful singer and powerful entertainer, has been part of the band’s family since its coffeehouse beginnings, both as a songwriter and performer. He played often with the band in its early incarnations and for many New Year’s Eve shows.