The St. Louis Blues Society "Road to Memphis" Blues Challenge

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. 

 

2016 Road to Memphis band winners:
Green McDonough Band

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2016 Road to Memphis band winners: Green McDonough Band

photo by Reed Radcliffe

2016 Road to Memphis  solo winner:
Sharon Hazel


photo by Reed Radcliffe

2016 Road to Memphis solo winner: Sharon Hazel

photo by Reed Radcliffe

BLUES CHALLENGE

The application window for The St. Louis Blues Society 2017 Road to Memphis Competition opened on July 1 and closed August 31, 2017. 

Musicians completing and submitting the application timely competed at the St. Louis area competition, The Road to Memphis, on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company.

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

Two winners (one band and one solo/duo act) will be to sent to Memphis, TN January 16 to 20, 2018 to participate in the 34th 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 opened on July 1 and closed August 31, 2017. 

The St. Louis local contest winner was announced at the Road to Memphis on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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

The finalists were announced prior to The International Blues Challenge with the winner revealed during the IBC Finals on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Finalists were 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
 

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