If You’ve Got What it Takes, It Could Take You to Memphis!


September 2016

The Nashville Blues Society will hold the 6th Annual Nashville BLUES Challenge during the week of October 24 at World Music Nashville, with Finals held at the Hard Rock Café, October 30. This judged showcase and competition of member blues bands and solo/duo blues artists will determine a winning band and/or solo/duo artist(s) to represent the Nashville Blues Society in the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis from January 30 through February 4, 2017. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria, which includes Blues Content, Instrumental Talent, Vocal Talent, Originality and Stage Presence.


The winners will compete against winning entrants from affiliated blues societies worldwide. The IBC is the nation’s biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians, and represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and/or Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage. For more information, click here: Blues Foundation IBC Page

Interested bands or solo/duo acts must apply by October 7, 2016. To apply, click here for an application: 2016 Blues Challenge Entry Form