21st Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis
Link - The 21st IBC will be held Thursday-Saturday, February 3-5, 2005.
$10 wristbands will be for sale Thursday and Friday at the Beale Street venues and will get you into all participating IBC clubs. Tickets can be purchased at the door for other events including the Friday night jam with Deborah Coleman at the Cadre Bldg ($10), Solo/Duo Finals at the Center for Southern Folklore ($10) and the Band Finals at the New Daisy Theater ($15).
Larry Garner, Tommy Castro, Susan Tedeschi, Michael Burks, Michelle Wilson and Sean Costello have all come through the IBC over the years and everyone is familiar with the most recent winners, Richard Johnston, Delta Moon and Zac Harmon and the Mid South Blues Revue.
Over 90 acts compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes and the title of “Best Unsigned Blues Band” and “Best Unsigned Acoustic Act.” The judges also present the Albert King Award to the most promising guitarist. In addition to the long-standing live performance component of IBC, The Blues Foundation is for the first time presenting an award for the Best Self-Produced CD.
A list of all of the IBC participants is here.