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.

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The world’s largest gathering of blues musicians took place on Beale Street, with over 20 clubs hosting the challengers and fans. In addition to featuring these final rounds of the prestigious blues music competition, the IBC event week offered seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.

1st Place Band
THE WACKY JUGS
(France Blues)

2nd Place Band
CROS
(Phoenix Blues Society)

3rd Place Band
SOUL NITE FEAT. DK HARRELL
(Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola)

1st Place Solo/Duo
ERIC RAMSEY
(Phoenix Blues Society)

2nd Place Solo/Duo
JHETT BLACK
(San Angelo Blues Society)

Memphis Cigar Box Award
ERIC RAMSEY
(Phoenix Blues Society)

Lee Oskar Harmonica Award
JHETT BLACK
(San Angelo Blues Society)

Gibson Guitarist Award
TC CARTER

Best Self-Produced CD Award
BORROWED TIME
by Memphis Lightning
(Suncoast Blues Society)

SAVE THE DATE

IBC #38
January 31 – February 4, 2023

See You On Beale!