All area Blues Bands, Solo or Duos, or Youth Category musicians (<21 yrs. Old) are being encouraged to step up to the CHALLENGE! The IBC is the world's largest gathering of Blues acts ready to take their act to the international stage. The 2017 International Blues Challenge will be January 31-February 4, 2017. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds February 1-4 in venues located on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. More at: http://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/
To enter the competition, at least one member of the entering act must be a member of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society and that they agree to the rules and regulations of the IBC. Basic backline will be provided, (two guitar amps, a drum set, and a bass amp). P.A. system and sound engineer will also be provided.
The entry fee for bands, duos/solos and Youth Acts (all under the age of 21) is $25. All entry fee money will go into the fund that helps the winning artists’ travel to Memphis.
Applications are available by clicking here.
The audience cover charge for competition day will be $8.00, $5.00 for Blues Society members. Admissions collected will also go into the fund to help the winning artists’ travel to the IBC in Memphis.
The OPEN CHORD is non-smoking and family friendly
with a full food and beverage menu available.