The 29th International Blues Challenge will begin Tuesday Night (Jan 29) with the FedEx International Showcase. Wednesday and Thursday night (January 30-31) quarter finals will be conducted. Youth Showcase and Semi Finals will be held Friday night (Feb 1). Saturday (Feb 2) IBC will conclude with Finals in the beautiful Orpheum Theater.
The 2013 International Blues Challenge will be the 29th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 29th International Blues Challenge January 29-February 2, 2013 in Memphis, TN. 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 take their act to the international stage.
In 2012, 119 bands and 86 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday. We will have at least that many in 2013.
We at A.Schwab are excited to announce that during the International Blues Challenge (January 29 – February 2), A.Schwab’s former hardware department will be open during store hours to blues travellers for coffee, donuts, storytelling, and old fashioned hospitality. Please come share your favorite stories with fellow blues lovers from all over the world.
We are also considering showing blues films and inviting scholars and authors on the blues to come and share their stories during this week of professional competition, if we see it would be well received. Please contact us if you have suggestions or requests.
For more information about the International Blues Challenge, please click here.