(Memphis, TN) – Memphis’ claim as the “Home of the Blues” will be indisputably evident the first week of February when thousands of blues fans from across the country will attend the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) hosted by The Blues Foundation.
2017 International Blues Challenge will be January 31-February 4. 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.
Tickets are $100 for the basic pass which grants general admission to: Tuesday Night International Showcases, Wednesday – Friday Beale Street Competition Venues, Youth Showcases – Friday on Beale Street, all daytime seminars and workshops, and IBC Orpheum Finals on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Tickets can be purchased in advance on www.blues.org or on Beale Street at various locations.
Musicians from around the globe will convene in Memphis to compete for cash, prizes, and bookings as they are judged the best in IBC categories, among them Band, Solo/Duo, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica Player, and Self-Produced CD. The Challenge’s alumni include such acclaimed musicians as Susan Tedeschi, Tommy Castro, Delta Moon, Trampled Under Foot, Sean Costello and Grady Champion.
Besides the amazing live blues performances, the five-day-long IBC will also present a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, film, networking events, silent auction, and affiliated blues society receptions that will appeal to blues professionals and fans alike.
The International Blues Challenge is sponsored in significant part by ArtsMemphis, AutoZone, Beale Street Merchants Association, BMI, First Tennessee Foundation, Gibson, Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Saint Blues Guitar Workshop, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Tennessee Arts Commission, and VividPix & Design.
For tickets and information, contact The Blues Foundation, 421 South Main Street, Memphis TN 38103 901.527.2583, www.Blues.org