100 Beale St
Memphis, TN 38103
It’s IBC 2018 Semifinals !!! Book your flight! Reserve your rooms! Save the date! The Kingdom Brothers Unplugged Duo of Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd return to Memphis in January to compete in the 34th International Blues Challenge. Festivities begin on Beale Street, Tuesday, January 16th. Competition rounds start on Wednesday with the finals Saturday at noon in the historic Orpheum Theater. $100 buys a pass to the entire week of events. See the hottest new blues acts from around the world, and be sure to cheer Ron and Chris in the duo competition, and St. Louis’ own Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, in the bands competition. Go STL!
With 4000 members, 200 affiliated local blues societies, and over 50,000 fans and professionals, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has made its mission to “preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.”
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 Affilated 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.