The 2010 International Blues Challenge will be the 26th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 26th International Blues Challenge January 20-23, 2010 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 2009, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2010.
26th International Blues Challenge announces Youth Showcase.
The 26th year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21. Smokin’ Bluz of Charlotte, NC has signed on again as the Presenting Sponsor. The 26th IBC will include an afternoon (Friday, January 22, 2010) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.
Visit www.Blues.org for more information, event schedule, etc.
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On Sunday, November 15th the Windy City Blues Society (WCBS) crowned the winners of the Inaugural Chicago Blues Challenge (CBC) at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Illinois. This was the final event in a series of musical competitions that determined which blues performers will represent Chicago and Blues Foundation affiliate, the Windy City Blues Society at the 2010 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tennessee on January 20th to 23rd.
Please join the Windy City Blues Society in congratulating Band division winner Grana Louise & the Troublemakers, Solo/Duo division winner Matt Hendricks and Bill Curtis, and Youth division winner Will Jacobs and Dirty Deal. These three performers will travel to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge next January. The International Blues Challenge represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for blues artists ready to perform on a national stage. Each participating affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band, solo/duo, and youth act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
A fundraiser to help defer travel expenses for the winning bands will be held on Friday, January 8th at B.L.U.E.S, 2519 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60657. Winners of the solo/duo competition Matt Hendricks and Bill Curtis; and band competition winners Grana Louise will perform. (This event is temporarily on hold pending scheduling issues.)
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For information about the Blues Foundation and the IBC visit http://www.blues.org/ibc/index.php.