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. 

By and photo credit: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/ and http://www.bealestreet.com/international-blues-challenge/

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