365 Things to Do in Memphis #32: The International Blues Challenge
This week, several hundred blues musicians from around the world are heading to downtown Memphis for the annual International Blues Challenge. Assignment #32 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to go see them.
The 33rd annual IBC, which is hosted by the Blues Foundation, runs from January 31 – February 4, 2017. This year’s participants have come from more than a dozen countries and almost every state to compete for prize money and gig bookings. They’ll be judged on vocals, instrumentals, originality and stage presence.
The 2017 International Blues Challenge by the numbers:
- 5 days
- 257 acts
- close to 900 musicians
- 13 countries
- more than 40 youth showcase acts
- thousands of people all along Beale Street, here for the music
Click here to see the full schedule including showcases, seminars, and the competition parts. If you want to buy tickets to individual events, go to the 2nd floor of Club 152 on Beale Street, aka the IBC’s headquarters for this week.
January 31 – February 4, 2017
All photos by Andrea Zucker.