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Date(s) - December 9, 2022
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Open Chord Knoxville
8502 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN
United States

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society will be having a concert on Friday, December 9th at Open Chord from 7 PM to 10 PM to help support our winners from our International Blues Challenge (IBC) for their journey to Memphis. 

The winning artists in each category of Band and Solo/Duo will represent East Tennessee at the International Blues Challenge to be held on January 24-28, 2023 on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee! 

Congratulations to our Youth Band winner, Danny Garwood: Solo Winner, Foster Meeks: and Band Winner, Tangled In Blues, they will all be advancing to IBC in Memphis.  





Tangled in Blues


We invite our members and all blues enthusiasts to come to this special concert to hear some great music and to cheer on the winners. It’s a great way to thank local musicians for keeping the blues alive in East Tennessee.

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: 

The cover charge for the competition will be $5.00 for Blues Society members and $10.00 for non-members. Doors open at 6 PM, music starts at 7 PM. Purchase tickets at the door, no advance sales.  Proceeds go towards funding the winning bands’ travel to Memphis.

Open Chord is a non-smoking and family-friendly with a delicious menu and beverage service.   

Foster Meeks performing at Open Chord for the IBC

Danny Garwood performing “Born Under a Bad Sign” at Key Palace Theatre 10-1-22

Tangled in Blues performing  “B&B Rental Blues” at WDVX Big Plate at Barley’s

Check out highlights from the 2020  International Blues Challenge!