This Thursday night, Oct. 1st, “Bluesland” host Leo Schumaker will be interviewing “Battle Of The Blues Bands” participants from 8:30 to 9:30pm (click on the link for the complete lineup). Sponsored by The Santa Barbara Blues Society, the Battle will occur at SOhO on Saturday Oct. 3rd, from 12-5pm, and it’s free and open to the public. Schumaker will emcee, with nine bands participating, and the winning acoustic and electric bands will go to Memphis, Tennessee in January to participate in the International Blues Challenge along with 160 blues bands from all over the world.

Also on Thursday Leo will be interviewing roller-derby athlete Viva Violence and Coach Cliff “Avery” Butler of Santa Barbara’s Mission City Brawlin’ Betties. They’ll be talking about the roller derby revival here in the US, along with the new movie “Whip It,” debuting Friday.