(Memphis, TN) – The 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC) is coming up soon and it’s time to tune into Music On The Couch with Vinny Marini and enjoy preview shows and the LIVE web casts. Blues Societies from around the globe hold Local Challenges to select a band and/or one solo/duo act to come to Memphis to compete. Marini began interviewing acts coming to Memphis in 2011 during his normal Monday internet radio shows, finishing with an interview with the Band Winner on the Monday after the competition ended. The following year, he presented a proposal to the Blues Foundation to do his shows from Beale Street, and since 2012, Vinny has been situated upstairs at The Rum Boogie Cafe (Third & Beale) for IBC week doing intereviews. Since then he has spent over 140 show hours specifically focusing on the IBC. Send an email for information on how you can have your band or product sponsor the shows and be in front of the world!
Here’s the 2017 IBC Preview Show #1 artists on Music On The Couch Show #352 – 01/09/17
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons 2016 Solo/Duo Winners:
Ben, Joe and I discussed their getting to Memphis, what they felt were the most important parts of their trip and the opportunities they have received over the last year. We also spoke about their forthcoming album, Black & Tan Ball. Web Site / Facebook Page
Tracy K – 2013 Band Semi-Finalist / 2014 Solo/Duo Semi-Finalist / 2015 Judge:
Tracy was able to bring you her perspective on the IBC from all three situations. She offered some great advice on how you can make your IBC experience even better. Web Site / Facebook Page
Billy Evanochko – 2014 Band Third Place – Billy The Kid & The Regulators:
Listen in as Billy talks about the local challenge and then the national challenge and the obstacles you will encounter along the way. He also gives great advice on how to make allow you to benefit from your IBC experience even more. Web Site / Facebook Page
Lucious Spiller – 2012 Finalist Solo/Duo / 2014 2nd Place Solo/Duo:
Lucious gave us a little insight into the IBC back in the ’90’s when he came as a band member. We also talked about his two visits to Memphis for 2012 and 2014 and what he learned along the way
Web Page / Facebook Page
Upcoming 2017 IBC Show Schedule
01/16/17 – IBC Preview Show # 2 – 9:00pm – Midnight
01/23/17 – IBC Preview Show #3 – 9:00pm – Midnight
01/31/17 – IBC Show # 1 – 8:00pm – 11:30pm – Generation Blues Jam Hosted By Tas Cru Web-Cast From 8:45pm – 11:30pm
02/01/17 – IBC Show # 2 – 11:00 Am – 2:00pm
02/01/17 – IBC Show # 3 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
02/02/17 – IBC Show # 4 – 11:00am – 2:00pm
02/02/17 – IBC Show # 5 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
02/03/17 – IBC Show # 6 – 11:00am – 2:00pm
02/03/17 – IBC Show # 7 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
02/06/17 – IBC Show # 8 – 9:00pm – Midnight – Wrap-Up Show – All Winners and more Call In – It could be you!
The Wrap-Up Show is a Call-In Show, Like the normal Monday Music On The Couch Shows
You can find all of the past IBC Music On The Couch broadcasts linked here. You can also signup to get the current ones each day during IBC week.