365 Things to Do in Memphis #32: The International Blues Challenge

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 1st 2012 1789 6

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.

Photo by Andrea Zucker

Photo by Andrea Zucker

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.

Go There:

International Blues Challenge

January 31 – February 4, 2017

Beale Street
Memphis, Tenn.

All photos by Andrea Zucker.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. […]  For another local’s view on the IBC check out the I Love Memphis Blog “365 Things to Do in Memphis #32: The International Blues Challenge” […]

  2. Katie says:

    So I know you totally don't have time for it, but it would be fan-freaking-tastic if you had things for highschoolers to do in this ever so interesting city of Memphis. We are quite the bored crowd. 

  3. […]  For another local’s view on the IBC check out the I Love Memphis Blog “365 Things to Do in Memphis #32: The International Blues Challenge” […]

  4. Cheryl says:

    Looking for coupons, discounts for the week of Jan. 20, 2015

    and specific important places not to miss

    are there special things that can be emailed?

     

    thank you

    cheryl

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