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101 Things To Do In Memphis #62: The Midtown Opera Festival

by Melissa Thompson


Opera Memphis’ annual MIDTOWN OPERA FESTIVAL takes place over ten days at Playhouse on the Square. The 2019 Festival will feature the regional premiere of The Falling and The Rising, a new American opera co-commissioned with the U.S. Department of Defense. The opera celebrates the stories of service men and women, and our Festival will do so as well. Add a concert by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, aerial performers, panel discussions, cabaret and cocktails, and we have the makings of an incredible seventh year in the heart of Memphis! 

04/05/2019 - 04/14/2019

Location: Playhouse on the Square map

Contact: Opera Memphis info@operamemphis.org - 901.202.4533

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #61: 901 Popper Throwdown

by Melissa Thompson


The free, family-friendly event will feature jalapeño popper cook-offs, a jalapeño eating competition, live music, and High Cotton brews.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 (rain or shine)

Noon – 6 pm

High Cotton Brewing Co., 598 Monroe Avenue  38103

Admission: FREE
VIP: $50 (in advance)

Concessions: Food will be for sale. No coolers or outside beverages are permitted and are subject to forfeit the event entrances. Everyone buying beer will be carded.

Want to be a judge? Sign up here.  

Want to enter the eating competition? Apply here.

**The festival is Pet Friendly, but please use good judgement. Remember this is also a beer festival. We trust your dog to behave more than we trust people that are drinking. You are responsible for your dog at all times.

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The 46th Annual Silky O’Sullivan Beale Street St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12pm on historic Beale Street! Wear your green and bring the family for the city’s largest parade with bands, cars, dancers, floats and more! 

This event is free and open to the public.  Attendees must stay behind the barricades.  Presented by the Beale Street Merchants Association.

When you’re looking for a great place for excellent food, live music and great fun Silky O’Sullivans is your place. Stop in after the parade! It is like St. Patrick’s Day all year round. Located at 183 Beale St. in Memphis, TN with live entertainment and an excellent menu – the kitchen is always open.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #59: Time Warp Drive-In Season 6

by Melissa Thompson


The Time Warp Drive-In is making a comeback and it’s giving us adventure with a dash of sci-fi, a sprinkle of action, and a sprig of just about everything in between.

For six consecutive seasons, Black Lodge, Malco Theatres, Guerilla Monster Films, & Holtermonster have curated a selection of films that’ll have you reminiscing on the good times. Each night has a theme with movies to match, so pile in the car, pack some snacks, and prepare for some cinema magic.

Schedule:

  • Saturday, March 16th – Back to the Future: The Complete Journey
  • Back to the Future 1,2, and 3
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Weird Science
  • Jumanji
  • Hook
  • Small Soldiers
  • Heavy Metal
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Paprika
  • Odd Anthology Weird Animated Short Films
  • Howard the Duck
  • Mac and Me
  • Showgirls
  • Samurai Cop
  • They Saved Hitler’s Brain
  • Flash Gordon
  • Star Trek 2: the Wrath of Khan
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Terminator 2
  • Tank Girl
  • Scream
  • Ghostbusters
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • The Moster Squad
  • Clue
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Jason & The Argonauts
  • Elf
  • Scrooged
  • Holiday Short Films Meltdown
     
  • Saturday, April 20th – Don’t Your Forget About Me: The Teen Film Universe of John Hughes
     
  • Saturday, May 18th –  Dreams and Magic Forever: The 1990’s Fantasy Film
     
  • Saturday, June 22nd – Strange Vibes: A Mind-Melting World of Disturbed Animation
     
  • Saturday, July 20th – Return of the Worst Movies Ever: Studies In Deliciously Awful Cinema
     
  • Saturday, August 17th – Futurecool: The Campy, Outrageous Charm of the 1980’s Space Operas
     
  • Saturday, September 21st – Women in Arms!
     
  • Saturday, October 19th – Shocktober 6
     
  • Saturday, November 9th – Monsters, Gods, And Mortals: The Genius of FX Master Ray Harryhausen
     
  • Saturday, December 14th – Strange Christmas 6
  • Where: Summer Drive-In (5310 Summer Ave)
  • When: Dusk to Dawn
  • Cost: $10/person, Free/kids 10 and under

Follow Time-Warp on their Facebook page for updates.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #58: Grind City Coffee Expo

by Melissa Thompson


From beer to burgers, and wings to margaritas, Memphis has a range of events that showcase the best local takes on our favorite food and drinks. Now, with the announcement of the inaugural Grind City Coffee Expo, the city’s coffee community is about to have its day in the sun.

Grind City Coffee Expo is set for Saturday, March 9th, at Memphis College of Art. The event is centered on celebrating the Bluff City’s burgeoning coffee scene and will feature samples and demos by local roasters and shops. Proceeds will benefit Protect Our Aquifer.

Organizers Daniel Lynn and Rachel Williams are not in the coffee business but are avid fans who say they’ve been hooked by the consistently outstanding experiences they’ve had, and have taken note of the growth in quality coffee options in Memphis.

“My love for coffee has evolved over the last couple of years starting with the first time I tasted Dr. Bean’s Cold Brew at Bedrock Eats & Sweets,” said Daniel. “I immediately reached out to them to find out more about it, and there I went. Off into the coffee ether.”

His curiosity about processes led him to build more relationships within the Memphis Coffee Community. Daniel says his goal with GCCE is to share his enthusiasm and connect more Memphians to the great roasters and shops the city has to offer.

“Over the past 2 to 3 years, the coffee culture in this city has grown exponentially with the addition of amazing roasters & shops,” said Daniel. “The people behind these great additions are amazing and so passionate about what they do, that I want to make sure they have their spotlight in the city.”

Daniel says his inspiration for creating an event came from attending The Science of Beer at the Pink Palace last year.

“It hit me. Let’s do this, but with coffee. From there, I took a look around the country and saw that there were a fair amount of events out there centered around coffee, and thought, why not Memphis. I reached out to a few roasters in town to judge interest, and they were all very into it. Shortly after that, I met Rachel, and everything clicked. We started figuring out what we would need to do logistically to make this happen, and here we are.”

Grind City Coffee Expo will feature 8 different coffee roasters and shops from Memphis. Vendors will explain their process from roasting beans to their preferred method of brewing their coffee. Expo attendees will be able to taste samples from each vendor’s chosen brewing method and decide for themselves what they prefer. Whether it’s a traditional pour over or through a Chemex, from espresso to cold brew, the various methods will be demoed at designated tables throughout the Expo.

GCCE is designed to be approachable and informative. “The goal is to provide the guest with the opportunity to discover which method they like the best and then learn how to brew it themselves at home,” said Lynn. “Coffee enthusiasts will also be able to “nerd out” with the extremely knowledgeable coffee professionals while enjoying the very best Memphis has to offer in the way of coffee. This will be the first time this many badass coffee professionals will be in the same place at the same time in the city of Memphis. It’s a coffee enthusiast’s dream.”

Daniel Lynn is a native Memphian who says he grew up all over the city. He graduated from the University of Memphis in 2007 with a degree in Recording Technology. He’s currently a sound engineer/studio manager for Music+Arts Studio, as well as the label manager for Archer & Blue Barrel Records. “I wear many hats. Music is my #1 passion,” said Daniel.

Dr. Bean’s Coffee & Tea Emporium, Vice & Virtue, Comeback Coffee, and The Avenue are confirmed for Grind City Coffee Expo. More vendors will be announced as the event approaches. Early Bird tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 18th. Stay up-to-date on Grind City Coffee Expo news by following on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #57: Best Detective CluedUpp

by Melissa Thompson


Did Miss Scarlet do it in the FedExForum with a knife or did Professor Plum do it in The Orpheum Theatre with a rope? Only you can determine who dun it and where they did it when CluedUpp calls on you to use your detective skills on February 23rd.

CluedUpp, the hit British outdoor detective game, is making its way to downtown Memphis and it’s pretty much a live action version of the Clue board game, starring you and your pals as the master sleuths. Don your best 1920s get up (optional) and put that Nancy Drew mindset to use to solve the mystery before time runs out!

  • When: Saturday, February 23rd (10AM-5PM)
  • Where: Downtown Memphis
  • Cost: $46/team of up to 6 adults (children play free)

It’s 1921 and the bustling industrial town of Millingham, near Memphis, has awoken on a misty morning to find one of its most feared residents has been poisoned. As the smoke lifts, the rumors spread across town as to what could have happened and who could be responsible. Rest assured this isn’t going to be straightforward. With money, crime and power come enemies from all walks of life, but who would be daring enough to do this?

The local police force needs assistance with solving this crime and you have been seconded from the Murder Squad on the recommendation of the commissioner himself!. As the complicated investigation continues, a list of suspects and witnesses emerge and it’s going to take your specialist skills to help catch the culprit!

Think you have what it takes to crack the case? Put your money where your mouth is!

To play you’ll need:

  • A team of detectives (at least 2 but up to 6 players per team)
  • Access to a Smartphone
  • A great team name
  • Awesome Sneaky Finders / 1920’s inspired fancy dress (optional, but fun!)

The average squad of detectives takes just over 2 hours to solve to the mystery, but the event can last anywhere between 1 and 4 hours. The game is completely self-guided, and clues and prizes will be awarded via their downloadable app.

Prizes will be awarded to:

  • Fastest team
  • Best fancy dress (Sneaky Finders / 1920’s inspired)
  • Best team picture
  • Best team name
  • Best little detective (kids prize)
  • Best K-9 detective (dogs prize)

Register your team here.

Learn more about CluedUpp here and follow their Facebook event page for updates.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #56: Pro Football Comes to Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

The Alliance of American Football wants to fill your post-NFL season sportsball needs, and Memphis is one of the cities where they’ve established a team. The Memphis Express start their season on February 10th and have their first home game coming up at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, February 16th. To help get you ready, here’s a look at what the AAF is, who’s involved, and what you can expect in their inaugural season.

What’s the Alliance of American Football?

The Alliance of American Football is an 8-team league:

  • Memphis Express

  • Orlando Apollos

  • Atlanta Legends

  • Salt Lake Stallions

  • Arizona Hotshots

  • San Diego Fleet

  • Birmingham Iron

  • San Antonio Commanders 

The league was founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, and several other notable football figures are involved. The AAF wants to fill a void felt by football fans following the Super Bowl and give players who just barely missed their shot at the NFL a second chance to go pro. It’s called the Alliance to signify a partnership between the fans, the players, and the game. They’ve placed an emphasis on being tech-savvy, allowing live streaming of games on a free Alliance app and integrated fantasy football options with “real rewards.” The league’s culture also prioritizes player safety and wellbeing by using state-of-the-art protective wear and providing players a bonus system, post-football career planning, counseling, and scholarship support for postsecondary education.

The AAF teams will play a 12-week season kicking-off February 9, 2019 on CBS and culminating with the championship game the weekend of April 26-28, 2019.

Who are the Memphis Express?

Team President: Kosha Irby

General Manager: Will Lewis

Coach: Mike Singletary

See more of the staff roster here.

Players
The players for the Memphis Express come mostly from schools in the region. Four of them are either from Memphis or played for the University of Memphis. The Memphis Express 52-player active roster for 2019:

The Memphis Express Game Experience

The AAF will be officiated under slightly different rules and will offer a different game experience from the NFL. They’re working on an official document that covers all the rule differences. A couple of examples:

  • No kickoffs or extra points. Teams must go for two.
  • Onside kicks have been replaced by a 4th & 12.
The AAF is also aiming for shorter game times hoping to entertain fans without you having to commit your full day. Game times in San Antonio during preseason averaged 2.5 hours.
 

SEASON SCHEDULE

2/10 Memphis at Birmingham
2/16 Arizona at Memphis
2/23 Memphis at Orlando
3/2 San Diego at Memphis
3/10 Memphis at Atlanta
3/16 Memphis at Salt Lake
3/24 Birmingham at Memphis
3/30 Orlando at Memphis
4/6 Memphis San Antonio
4/13 Atlanta at Memphis

Three Memphis Express games will be televised thanks to a partnership with CW30/Local 24:

  • Saturday, March 16 at Salt Lake, 3 pm
  • Saturday, March 30 vs. Orlando, 1 pm
  • Saturday, April 6 at San Antonio, 3 pm

Get tickets at aaf.com/memphis-express and follow them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #55: Valentine’s Day 2019

by Melissa Thompson


Everybody loves to hate on Valentine’s Day, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve all got somebody to love, even if it’s yourself. So, why not make it just another day to show it? Stupid cupid is making his rounds again and he’s brought sweet pairings, dinner, dancing, trivia, games, and art making and more to enjoy whether or not you’re boo’d up.

Share some laughter (and sugar!) with friends. Join City & State for cookie decorating with Sweet LaLa’s. The Crybaby Club will also be hosting a pop-up. In addition to Cookie + Crybaby, February 1 is First Friday on Broad. After you’ve picked up some Crybaby Club treats and decorated (and eaten) your sweets, travel down Broad Ave for an entire evening of shopping and festivities.

Join Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum for “Timeless Romance” and relive one of the most complex rituals of the gilded age, Courtship.

Beautiful gowns, lace, and a romantic atmosphere take you back to a time when courting rituals were strictly followed and marriage was a career move. Spend the evening with Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum as they celebrate proper courting etiquette, secret languages of love, and beautiful pieces from their collection. Refreshments will be served and APTA Members always receive free admission. $20 per admission

Grab your gal pals and celebrate your girlfriends at Pitter Potter Studio’s Galentine’s Party Night. There will be lots of fun things to paint, great food and even a “Death by Chocolate” bar. If you are feeling up to it, the project class will even teach you how to paint your very own chocolate tray! This is all included in your ticket price. Just $8 in advance or $12 at the door. Pottery and canvas priced separately.

Show yourself some love at QTA’s second annual Galentine’s Day Party! They will have yummy treats + a signature cocktail (they’re celebrating Brit’s birthday, too!), a giveaway & something for each and every one of your Valentines (most importantly, yourself)! They’ll also help you make a wishlist to pass on to *your* special someone if you’d like.  10% of sales during the Galentine’s Day Party will be donated to Choices. Choices strives to set the standard for excellence in reproductive health care in the Memphis community.

Grab your boo or your bestie for this Valentine Truffle Tasting. Each ticket admits one participant. Ticket includes a flight of 4 Chocolate Truffles. Flavors include Nutella, Salted Caramel, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Complimentary wine available for guests 21 and up.

Sit back and enjoy the show as these Heartbreakers and Knockouts compete for your heart! Prepare to be dazzled by a stunning display of Memphis performers in burlesque, belly dance, ballet, opera, aerial, comedy, hooping, and so much more! Music from Crown Vox to open the night.

The Stax Museum will be celebrating both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day with activities and crafts that will celebrate the love and power of some of the greatest names in Black History. Family friendly so be sure to bring the kids! Free with museum admission.

Drink-N-Draw host Eric C is bringing a romantic evening of consensual drawing games with some lovely prizes for you and/or your honey(s). Bring a date or mingle with other singles at Atomic Tiki.

This night features 20 jokes about love from your favorite Memphis comics, rated by the audience! Hosted by Katrina Coleman and Richard Douglas Jones. The top two contenders and the bottom contender from the voting will return to the stage for an additional set. 21+, $5

Put your sense of taste to the test and explore 8 sparkling wines from around the world paired with 8 designer chocolates by Phillip Ashley Chocolates; BLINDFOLDED! This makes the perfect date night or outing with besties.

Celebrate the love of family this Valentine’s Day at Trolley Stop Market. Decorate cupcakes, cookies, and make valentines for loved ones. There will be face painting, prizes, and Valentine’s Day movies.

A Night of Ecstasy at Canvas of Memphis features ChampionBeatz and performances by Jai Musiq, Adubb, Iconic Keith and more.

Rec Room is hosting Memphis’ first Drunk Love Game Show. Contestants compete live in three rounds. Free to participate with the purchase of food and drink. Sign up on site or guarantee your spot by registering in advance.

J.buck and Courtney Little, along with other guest performers will deliver a show that will make anyone’s Valentine’s Day better. This is a great show to either bring your crew or your boo. Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7.

A night of live music featuring Goldie Dee & Friends, Dixie Dicks, Nots, and Broke Hearted Boys.

Enjoy a flight of four Valentine’s Day pastries from Primas Bakery and Boutique expertly paired with a flight of four Ghost River beers at the Ghost River Taproom. A special sushi dinner provided by Fam will be available for purchase separately.

Join Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio on Valentine’s Day for a seductive Rumba, Tango or Salsa 45-minute dance, timed just right for you – so you can set the mood and still make it to your dinner reservation.

Reserve your Sweetheart table for 2 and enjoy an evening of live music featuring Gerald Richardson & KemUStry Band, DJ & Dancing, PhotoBooth, Open Bar, complimentary bottle of champagne at each table and a delectable dinner buffet consisting of soups, salads, entrees, sides, and desserts.

The Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip includes instructor lead painting class, complimentary gift box with a mini bottle of wine & a gourmet cupcake!

Enjoy a little romance with your favorite Valentine aboard the Memphis Riverboats! The cruise includes 2 hours on the Mighty Mississippi, music from our House Jazz Band and a buffet consisting of Pork Tenderloin, Alfredo, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, House Salad, Rolls and Dessert. Cash bar available.

Valentine’s Day Beginner class & practice party begins at 7:15. $30 per person for both the class and the practice party, or $20 for either the class or party. No partner necessary, BYOB.

5 Course Prix Fixe Menu with multiple items to choose from. Reservations are not required but strongly suggested for your choice of Server and Seating. Beer menu available and BYOB for a corkage fee. Small wine list available by the glass or bottle. Menu TBA. Live Acoustic Music.

Celebrate the day of love by playing Romantic Comedy Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Valentine’s Day:  @ Pimentos Kitchen + Market, 6:30-8:30, @ Maciel’s Highland, 7-9, @ Memphis Made Brewing, 7-9. Guarantee your team’s spot by making a free reservation.

The “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” is an interactive event where you could possibly be dining with a murderer. Your package will include a theatrical experience, live music, poetry, comedy, and some amazing cuisine. Who Died?! Who Killed Him/Her?! Why?! If you love riddles, games, escape rooms, etc.. You will love this experience. Runs for multiple dates through February 17.

Join OUTMemphis for another year of fun, romance, and speed dating! Music, activities, sweets, and free HIV testing. Find your new bae on Valentines’ Day!

The Second Annual Crimson Inferno: A Valentine’s Day Experience will be a magical evening of love and romance to benefit The Second Chance Agency. The experience includes Live Entertainment, Hors D’Oeuvres, Giveaways and Cash Bar.

Once isn’t enough. Sock It To Me Burlesque presents a rematch of their annual Valentine’s show featuring Heartbreakers and Knockouts competing for your heart! Prepare to be dazzled by a stunning display of Memphis performers in burlesque, drag, belly dance, ballet, opera, aerial, comedy, hooping, and so much more! Join Twen Peeks and her sexy Ring Hunks for Fight Night, Sock It To Me Style! Keep the party going after the show with dance music from DJ Buddy!

Paradox Underground is an exclusive dining club, a sort of culinary speakeasy in Memphis that offers dining experiences of a lifetime. For just one night we transform a seemingly obscure location in the city into a unique event venue where Chef Jimmy Gentry along with his Paradox team, serve five masterfully created courses that are paired with the perfect libations, an all-around experience sure to excite all the senses.

Each event promises the chance to eat, drink, and mingle at a place where no one has dined before and may never get the chance to again.

Throw it back to the 90s with Bell Biv DeVoe, Monica, and Dru Hill in concert at the Landers Center in Southaven.

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don’t they? Join us for a tour of the cemetery and we’ll take you to the sites of those who have loved deeply…and lost. These sometimes tragic tales of love gone wrong might leave you scratching your head and laughing out loud.

Grab your girl gang, come ready to have fun, shop to support local #bossbabes & sip some great drinks at the Propcellar. All ticket sales go to help support Thistle & Bee Enterprises and all the incredible things they are doing to help support women who have survived prostitution & trafficking.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #54: Wine for Wishes

by Melissa Thompson


Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s 9th Annual Wine for Wishes is coming up on February 8th at The Cadre Building.

Wine for Wishes is hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s Associates Board, a group of local young professionals who support Make-A-Wish Mid-South’s mission through development centric events.  Each year, they host the wine tasting event to engage more young professionals to let them know about the work that Make-A-Wish does in and around Memphis to inspire kids and families. This year’s party at the beautiful Cadre Building includes live music, a wine pull, a silent auction, catering from Chef Kelly English’s Iris Etc. Catering, & a plethora of wines for your enjoyment.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $50 until January 15th. Don’t forget, tickets are only available in advance and won’t be sold at the door. Get tickets here

What You’re Supporting When You Party

You may already know that Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses all over the country — making their dreams to go, to meet, to be, or to have — a reality. The average cost of a wish is $8,392.98. All expenses associated with a wish are covered by Make-A-Wish, and in the Mid-South specifically, Make-A-Wish will grant more than 280 unique wishes this year.

Every wish carries transformative power. Per Make-A-Wish, a recent study has confirmed that wish experiences are more than just a nice gift, they play a key role in a child’s journey back to health. Wishes create positive emotions and hope for their future, equipping children to better fight against their critical illnesses. When you give to wishes, you’re giving to something that’s making a huge difference for kids in our community.

There are multiple ways you can help Make-A-Wish Mid-South deliver for kids:

Referrals

You can refer a child for a wish! If you know a child with a critical illness, referring them for a wish takes just a few minutes. Call the Make-A-Wish Mid-South office at 901.680.9474 or email midsouth.wish.org to start the process.

Volunteering

Make-A-Wish has five kinds of volunteers. Pretty much anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer in any of these capacities:

  1. Event volunteers: Help at various Make-A-Wish events, including the next Wine for Wishes.
  2. Wish granter: These are the volunteers that are actually meeting wish kids, hearing about their wishes and helping to craft special wish reveals for them!
  3. Translator: Help Make-A-Wish in translating materials from English to Spanish.
  4. Airport greeter: Meet wish families at the airport and escort them to their flight to be sure they’re all set. Many wish families have never flown before.
  5. Fundraising volunteer: These are people who host events, and rally groups to fundraise to grant wishes.

Donating Miles

Make-A-Wish Mid-South also needs more than 10 million air miles each year for wishes involving travel. You can donate Delta, United, American or JetBlue miles at midsouth.wish.org.

Keep up with Make-A-Wish Mid-South on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #53: 2019 International Blues Challenge

by Melissa Thompson


The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affiliated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be held from January 22-26th. The International Showcase will open the event on January 22nd with competition rounds on January 23-26 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on January 26th. 

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