Blues challenge returns to Memphis and Beale Street

January 13, 2014 by  

The 30th International Blues Challenge, a presentation of The Blues Foundation, is returning to Memphis for five days this January.

Throughout the competition, bands and solo artists from all over the world will be competing for prizes, cash awards and recognition from the industry. Last year, over 125 groups and 80 solo performers competed.

Performances will take place at various clubs and venues along Beale Street. In addition to great music the challenge also features seminars, a health fair, silent auctions, several social events and the Keeping the Blues Alive awards. The awards are given in 20 categories to those who promote the genre. This includes journalists, photographers, promoters and local clubs.

The event will kick off with a “Meet and Greet” with the Beale Street Merchants Association at the New Daisy Theatre; the evening will also feature the FEDEX International Showcase. The Challenge will end with the finals which will be held at the Orpheum Theatre.

Memphis is known by many as the home of the blues and it’s likely this event is widely publicized all over the region. Local printing companies are often asked to help promote events such as this by providing marketing materials such as brochures or flyers.

The International Blues Challenge is taking place on Beale Street from January 21 to 25. A pass which covers all performances and seminars is $100. The Keeping the Blues Alive awards will take place at the Downtown Doubletree Hotel on January 24 beginning at 11:00 AM. Tickets are $50. For more information visit The Blues Foundation website.