• T. Ballard Lesemann
  • Sarah Cole, a veteran of the Lowcountry Blues Challenge, and musical guests jam at the West Ashley Home Team stage

It’s almost time for the annual Lowcountry Blues Challenge, a four-round series of battles-of-the-bands that starts this month at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley.

The competition starts on Sun. Oct. 9 and leads up to a grand finale on Nov. 6. The winner of the challenge will be sent to Memphis this winter to represent Charleston and compete in the 2012 International Blues Challenge, presented by the Blues Foundation.

Organized by members of the Lowcountry Blues Club, these late-afternoon events showcase some of the top blues and roots musicians in town — many of whom are regular performers during the club’s weekly jam sessions at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ.

Visit myspace.com/lowcountrybluesclub and blues.org for more.