International Blues Challenge 2018!

The 2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) will be the 34th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 34th Annual IBC January 16th through 20th, 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.  Hundreds of bands and solo/duo acts fill 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 34th year of the International Blues Challenge will once again include a youth showcase for those under the age of 21, with an afternoon of talented young people showcasing their talents for record labels, media, festivals, managers, talent buyers and the fans.


Topeka Blues Society Blues Challenge!

The Topeka Blues Society will select representatives to the IBC 2018 during the Annual Topeka Blues Society (TBS) Membership Meeting, Election of the Board, and Blues Challenge on Sunday, Aug. 20th at Uncle Bo’s, located on the lower level of the Ramada Inn Downtown in Topeka.  Doors open at noon, music (the Blues Challenge) begins at 1:00 p.m.  The TBS Membership meeting and Election of the Board will begin following the first two Blues Challenge acts, approx. 2:00 p.m.  Cover charge is $5.00 for TBS members ($7.00 for non-members).

During the Blues Challenge, there will be a Silent Auction, merchandise and new & slightly used blues CD’s for sale, AND $20 raffle tickets will continue to be sold for “Sammy Jean”, a unique guitar creation by Joel Edison.  (Sammy Jean raffle drawing will be held during the IBC Kick-Off party, Friday, Jan. 12th, 2018 at Uncle Bo’s.)

Interested in entering your band or solo/duo act in the TBS competition for a chance to go to Memphis?  Fill out the application form:


Regarding Election of the Board: If you are interested in helping keep the blues alive, you can help by serving on the TBS Board.  Please email if you’d like to be on the ballot.  Elections will be during the Membership Meeting on August 20th.

Mark your calendars, and plan on joining us on August 20th for lots of fun, great music and blues fellowship!