The 2020 International Blues Challenge

The 2020 International Blues Challenge

Congratulations to the 2019 Road to Memphis local challenge winners who will be representing St. Louis at the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 28 to February 1, 2020.

The Jake Curtis Blues Band

The Jake Curtis Blues Band

Brother Jeff Chapman and Rich McDonough Duo

Brother Jeff Chapman and Rich McDonough Duo

photos by Reed Radcliffe

Winners of the local St. Louis challenge event will represent St. Louis at the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN – January 28 – February 1, 2020

Winners of the local St. Louis challenge event will represent St. Louis at the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN – January 28 – February 1, 2020

The International Blues Challenge (IBC) represents a worldwide search for the Blues Band 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.

blues.org/international-blues-challenge/

The St. Louis Blues Society holds its local preliminary IBC competition, The Road to Memphis, each year in the fall. Bands or solo/duo acts seeking to participate in the competition must complete and submit an application for admission. 

 

***CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS: THE ST. LOUIS ROAD TO MEMPHIS WINNERS, THE FABULOUS,

MS HY-C AND FRESH START

2018 Road to Memphis band winners: Hy-C and Fresh Start who went on to win the entire ICB competition in Memphis in January 2019! 

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2018 Road to Memphis band winners: Hy-C and Fresh Start who went on to win the entire ICB competition in Memphis in January 2019!

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2017 Road to Memphis solo/duo winners:
Nick Pence and Ethan Leinwand.

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2017 Road to Memphis solo/duo winners: Nick Pence and Ethan Leinwand.

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2017 Road to Memphis band winners:
Torrey Casey and the Southside Hustle

photo by Lisa Danko

2017 Road to Memphis band winners: Torrey Casey and the Southside Hustle

photo by Lisa Danko

2016 Road to Memphis  solo/duo winner:
The Kingdom Brothers Duo

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2016 Road to Memphis solo/duo winner: The Kingdom Brothers Duo

photo by Reed Radcliffe

St. Louis "Road to Memphis" Competition Applications

BLUES CHALLENGE

The application window for The St. Louis Blues Society 2019 Road to Memphis Competition is now closed. 

Musicians completing and submitting the application timely will compete at the St. Louis area competition, The Road to Memphis, on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups, St. Louis.

Please visit the IBC website and read the International Blues Challenge Rules and Scoring System to see how musicians are judged.

Two winners (one band and one solo/duo act) will be to sent to Memphis, TN January 28 to February 1, 2020 to participate in the 36th Annual Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge as representatives of the St. Louis Blues Society, a Blues Foundation Affiliate. Local Blues Challenge winners must be available to attend this event.

 

BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD CHALLENGE

The application window for the Best Self-Produced CD is now closed. 

The St. Louis local contest winner will be announced at the Road to Memphis  Winners Showcase and Fundraiser on Sunday, December 8, 2019. 

Please visit the IBC website and read the International Blues Challenge Best Self-Produced CD Rules and Scoring System to see how CDs are judged.

The final results will be announced at the finals of the International Blues Challenge on Saturday, February 1, 2020 held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN. Finalists are not required to attend International Blues Challenge.

 

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jerry Minchey jminchey@stlouisbluessociety.org 
or Jeremy Segel-Moss jsegelmoss@stlouisbluessociety.org