The 2019 Road to Memphis Blues Challenge
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 and the winner in each category will go on to compete in the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2020.
*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULED DATE
***CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS: THE ST. LOUIS ROAD TO MEMPHIS WINNERS, THE FABULOUS, MS HY-C AND FRESH START!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S LOCAL CHALLENGE WINNERS:
HY-C AND THE FRESH START BAND AND THE BOTTLESNAKES DUO
These two great acts will be representing St. Louis at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge held by the Blues Foundation January 22-26, 2019.
photos by Reed Radcliffe
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.
The St. Louis Blues Society holds its local preliminary IBC competition, The Road to Memphis, each year in October. Bands or solo/duo acts seeking to participate in the competition must complete and submit an application for admission.
St. Louis "Road to Memphis" Competition Applications
The application window for The St. Louis Blues Society 2019 Road to Memphis Competition is now open. Applications will be available from July 1, 2019 through August 30, 2019.
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 open. Applications will be available from July 1, 2019 through August 30, 2019.
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.