IBCWinners2017.inddTopeka Blues Society Blues Challenge!

The 2016 Topeka Blues Society Blues Challenge was conducted August 21 at Uncle Bo’s.  Congratulations to the winners!

“Band category”:  Frank Ace Blues Band

“Solo/Duo” category:  Dan Bliss

Winners will represent the Topeka Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, to be held Jan. 31 – Feb. 4, 2017.  Our winners are also awarded a booking at the 2017 Spirit of Kansas Blues Festival, a booking at a 2017 Summertime Blues in Gage Park, and some cash to help with travel expenses to Memphis.


The Blues Foundation will present the 2017 IBC January 31st – Feb. 4th on Beale St. in Memphis, TN. This will be the 33rd year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The world’s largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (like TBS!) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage.  The past several years, approximately 125 bands and 80 solo/duo acts have entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.

The list of current blues artists that have competed in the International Blues Challenge over the years is impressive indeed: Barbara Blue, Fiona Boyes, Eden Brent, the late Michael Burks, Sean Carney, Albert Castiglia, Tommy Castro, Grady Champion, the late Sean Costello, Albert Cummings, Delta Moon, Larry Garner, Joey Gilmore, Diunna Greenleaf, Zac Harmon, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Richard Johnston, Robin Rogers, Matthew Skoller, JP Soars, Super Chikan, Susan Tedeschi, Teeny Tucker, Trampled Under Foot and Watermelon Slim.

The 33rd year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21, by including an afternoon (Friday, February 3) of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and fans.