GOOD NEWS! – the 37th International Blues Challenge (IBC) is back and scheduled to take place January 18- 22, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee along historic Beale Street!
For those of you not familiar with the IBC, it represents the worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers. 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 competing musicians are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.
Each local blues society affiliated with The Blues Foundation (we are!) can stage a live, regional IBC competition using local folks as judges. The winners of that event – 1 band and 1 solo/duo act – will go on to represent their organization in Memphis. Your membership fees help to cover the lodging and travel expenses of our representatives.
Your Suncoast Blues Society (SBS) is pleased to announce we have a date and a venue:
Sunday, July 25th from 2 – 6
at 10th Street Live in Palmetto
Calling all Bands, Solo or Duo (Blues) acts
If you’re ready to take it to the next level and launch your career as a touring Blues musician and want the world to know you’re out there, you should take the first step and compete in our Suncoast Blues Society regional challenge. Musicians must decide whether you want to compete as either a solo/duo or as a band. You can only choose one category.
- There is a $25 registration fee that will go towards paying expenses for that day
- At least one member must be a current SBS member so now is a great time to join or renew.
- Live within a 250-mile radius of the Tampa Bay area
Your performance and instrumentation must be live. Absolutely no using tracks or drum machines or anything but real instruments.
A complete list of rules and regulations will be provided to you when you sign up.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to compete ASAP.