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International Blues Challenge

2013

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It is only fitting that the Home of the Blues is also home to the annual International Blues Challenge. Presented by The Blues Foundation, the International Blues Challenge is the world's largest gathering of blues bands. The event began in 1984 and strives to advance the careers of up and coming blues artists by showcasing their talents and bestowing upon them awards that are recognized industry-wide.

Information for the 2013 International Blues Challenge
The Blues Foundation will host the 29th annual International Blues Challenge January 27-February 3, 2013. This year, nearly 200 blues acts from around the world are expected to compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The world's largest gathering of blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. The preliminary round of competition features acts performing in clubs up and down Beale Street. In addition to performances, there will also be seminars and workshops pertaining to the blues.

Some of the blues artists whose careers were launched at the IBC over the years include: Susan Tedeschi, Michelle Wilson, Michael Burks, Tommy Castro, Albert Cummings, Larry Garner, Richard Johnston, Zac Harmon and Matthew Skoller.

Tickets:
Ticket packages for the event start at $100.

Schedule of Events:

  • Sunday, January 27
    5:00pm New Orleans Hornets v. Memphis Grizzlies NBA action (FedEx Forum)
  • Tuesday, January 29
    5:30pm FedEx International Showcase hosted by the Beale Street Merchants Association. Performances by a dozen international acts (New Daisy Theater) IBC Pass or $10 at door, if available
  • Wednesday, January 30
    -2:30pm IBC Act Registration (Club 152)
    -2:00pm Silent Auction at future site of Blues Hall of Fame (421 South Main)
    12:00-10:00pm Will Call, IBC Merchandise and CD Sales (Ugly Juanita's)
    2:00-4:00pm Barbara Blue Silky O'Sullivan's
    IBC Act Orientation Meeting (Club 152)
    3:30pm Beale Street Note Unveiling for Andrew "Sunbeam" Mitchell (A. Schwab
    4:00/5:00/5:35pm First Night of 29th IBC Quarterfinals (Beale Street) IBC Pass or $10
    International Jam Club 152
  • Thursday, January 31
    10:00am Blues Foundation Board of Directors meeting (Doubletree Hotel-DeSoto Room)
    10:30am Blues Stories w/ 2013 KBA Recipient (Education) Nat Dove, The Blues Renaissance Man (Band Box @ Blues City Cafe)
    10:30am Harmonica Workshop with Lee Oskar (Hard Rock Cafe)
    10:00am-1:00pm Silent Auction at future site of Blues Hall of Fame (421 South Main)
    11:30am to 4:45pm The Galaxie Agency/Nashville Blues Society 3rd Annual Showcase (B.B. King's)
    11:30am-3:00pm Canadian Polar Bear Blues Showcase & Raise the Roof! Fundraiser (Kooky Canuck)
    12:00-10:00pm Will Call, IBC Merchandise and CD Sales (Ugly Juanita's)
    12:00-5:00pm 2013 Blind Raccoon Roots & Blues Showcase featuring Jason Vivone and the Billy Bats, Jake Lear, John Fries, The Mississippi Twins (Vasti Jackson & Billy Gibson), Kirsten Thien & Friends and Too Slim and the Taildraggers (Purple Haze)
    1:30pm Raise the Roof! Rally with special musical guest Keb' Mo'(Hard Rock Cafe)
    2:00-4:00pm Barbara Blue (Silky O'Sullivan's)
    4:25/5:00/5:35pm Second Night of 29th IBC Quarterfinals (Beale Street) IBC Pass or $10
    (When the scores have been tabulated, the semi-finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs.)
    11:00pm International Jam (Superior Bar)
  • Friday, February 1
    9:00am Blues in the Schools with Tas Cru (Downtown Elementary. 10 North 4th St)
    10:30am Your Band's Marketing Sucks Workshop with Mary Beth Weaver & James Czar (Cincy Blues Society) Dancing Jimmy's 2nd Floor
    11:00am-2:00pm Silent Auction at future site of Blues Hall of Fame (421 South Main)
    11:00am Blues Camp & Blues Ensemble with Fernando Jones (Club 152)
    11:00am The 2013 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (Doubletree Hotel, Tennessee Ballroom)
    12:00-10:00pm Will Call, IBC Merchandise and CD Sales (Ugly Juanita's)
    2:00pm Mail Box Money with Elizabeth Montgomery (Dancing Jimmy's 2nd Floor)
    2:00-4:00pm Barbara Blue (Silky O'Sullivan's)
    4:20/5:00/5:40pm Youth Showcases (Beale Street Clubs) IBC Pass or $15 (includes Semi-finals)
    5:20/5:40/7:00pm 29th IBC Semi-Finals Begin (Beale Street Clubs) IBC Pass or $15
    (When the scores have been tabulated Friday, the finalists will be announced at various Beale Street clubs.)
    11:00pm Youth Jam (B.B. Kings)
  • Saturday, February 2
    11:00am Doors Open for Finals (Orpheum Theatre) IBC Pass or $42.50 at door, if available
    11:00am IBC Silent Auction (Orpheum Theatre)
    12:00pm 29th IBC Finals & Best Self-Produced CD Winner Announcement(Orpheum Theatre)
  • Sunday, February 3
    11:00am Blues Brunch (The Majestic Grille)

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.blues.org or call (901) 527-2583.

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