International Blues Challenge celebrates 31 years in Memphis in 2015. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

International Blues Challenge

Music & Nightlife
Events
Jan 16, 2018 until Jan 20, 2018
Jan 16, 2018
Jan 20, 2018
203 South Main
Memphis, TN 38103

The Blues Foundation will present the 32nd International Blues Challenge January 16-20 in Memphis, TN. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their music to an international stage.

Solo/duo acts filled the clubs up and down Beale Street as they competed for cash, prizes and industry recognition.The quarter-finals take place throughout the clubs on Beale Street with the finals held at the Orpheum Theatre.

The list of current blues artists that have competed in the IBC over the years is impressive indeed: Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, the late Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, Grady Champion, the late Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, JP Soars, Super Chikan, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Trampled Under Foot and Watermelon Slim. 

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