Memphis (Tennessee), USA – One of the historical cradles of blues, Memphis will present 157 blues acts from around the world compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will host the 23rd International Blues Challenge during February 1-3, 2007. The world’s largest gathering of blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Preliminary round of competition features acts performing in clubs up and down the legendary Beale Street.
In 2006, 7,500 people attended the event, with competitors representing 33 states and 7 countries. The list of blues artists whose careers were launched at the IBC over the years includes: Susan Tedeschi, Michelle Wilson, Michael Burks, Tommy Castro, Albert Cummings, Larry Garner, Richard Johnston, Zac Harmon and Matthew Skoller.
The semifinals will be held: Thursday and Friday (February 1-2) at Beale Street club venues. The finals will be Saturday, February 3, 2:00-7:00pm. Band Finals will be at Orpheum Theater (203 South Main Street). The winner will be announced following the competition.
The Solo/Duo Finals will be at 8:30pm at the New Daisy Theater (330 Beale Street). The winner will be announced following the competition.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.blues.org or call 901.527.2583.
The 23rd International Blues Challenge is sponsored by bandvillage, Blues Revue, Budweiser, Fed Ex, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, sonicbids and XM Satellite Radio.
Media Sponsors include XM Satellite Radio, House of Blues Radio Hour, Big City Rhythm and Blues, Blues Festival Guide, Blues Revue, BluesWax, Downtowner magazine and Living Blues.