International Blues Challenge 2017
The 33rd International Blues Challenge will be held from January 31st to February 4th, 2017. The International Showcase will open the event on January 31 with competition rounds on February 1-3 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on February 4th
The International Blues Challenge is a music competition run by the Blues Foundation. It began in 1984, then named the Blues Amateur Talent Contest. The idea was to give amateur or up and coming musicians a chance to be discovered and get a foothold.
In January 2000 the first International Blues Challenge was held with 50 bands competing. As the event has grown in size it was decided to split the acts into two categories, Band and Solo/Duo in 2002. Now each year more than 200 acts from around the world gather on Beale Street in Memphis to compete for the International Blues Challenge.