What is the IBC?
The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. The world’s largest gathering of blues musicians takes place on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Over 20 clubs host the challengers and fans for the three day competition. In addition to the blues music competition, the IBC event week offers seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.
For more info: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/
MnBS and the iBC
The MnBS participates in the IBC by sending a band, a solo/duo act to the competition. We have often had great success with several of our bands and solo/duos reaching the semifinals. Each act competes the first two nights of the competition in two different locales. The judges select an act from each location to compete against other semi finalists to choose who goes on to the finals on Saturday! The Challenge also features a “Best Self Produced CD” contest and offers a “Youth Showcase” to encourage young up and coming blues artists. MnBS has also been recognized for our “large contingent” of fans at IBC week in Memphis!