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International Blues Challenge 2018




THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUES SOCIETY, as an official Affiliate organization of The Blues Foundation, proudly invites the music loving public to its annual presentation of the East Tennessee Regional portion of the 34th  International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The event will begin at 4pm at the OPEN CHORD (All Things Music) 8502 Kingston Pike in Knoxville on Sunday August 13.

Applications are currently being accepted in all categories.  Participating artists will be judged by a panel of three musical performance experts.  The Smoky Mountain Blues Society holds its regional competition this time of the year so the winning acts have plenty of time to raise much needed funds and prepare for the excitement of Memphis!  CONTACT SMBS Vice President Tom Hurwitz (646) 785-0686 or email smokymountainbluessociety@gmail.com for an application package.

The winning artists in each category of Band, Solo/Duo or Youth will represent East Tennessee at the 34th International Blues Challenge to be January 16-20, 2018 in Memphis, TN. 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 take their act to the international stage.  See more at: https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/

The cover charge for competition will be $8.00 general admission & $5.00 for Blues Society members. All proceeds collected will fund the winning bands’ travel to Memphis.
The Open Chord, a SMBS Blues Cruise Sponsor, is non-smoking and family friendly with a delicious menu and beverage service available throughout the event.