2016 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
January 27 – January 30
Don’t miss out on the Biggest and Best Blues Party of the year.
The Blues Foundation will be hosting over 200 blues acts on Beale Street for their 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge.
The 2016 International Blues Challenge will be the 32nd year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 32nd International Blues Challenge January 26-30, 2016 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 act to the international stage. In 2015, 257 acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2016.
The 32nd year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21. The 32nd IBC will include an afternoon (Friday, January 29) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.
The week of events will once again kick off Tuesday night with a Meet & Greet hosted by the Beale Street Merchants Association at the New Daisy Theater, followed by the International Showcase. In addition to the evening Blues competition, the days are filled with seminars and workshops and topped off in a moving Friday afternoon in which the Blues community will honor its own with the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) awards that honor the men and women, who have made significant contributions to the Blues music world, in 20 categories such as journalism, literature and photography and to the best clubs and festivals, as well as managers, promoters and producers.
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.
Don’t Miss out on all the Great Music!
Check the 2016 International Blues Challenge site for more info.
And while you are in Memphis, make sure to visit
THE BLUES HALL OF FAME
421 South Main Street
Memphis, TN 39103