Attention all bands and solo/duo acts. The cloud is lifting, soon we 'll be playing (carefully) in joints across the region. Blow the dust off those guitars and get to rehearsing. The 37th International Blues Challenge is scheduled Jan. 18-22 in Memphis, Tenn., on the blues holy ground called Beale Street.
We are working out details on the local challenge, like where and when, but should have them soon. Watch this space (and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and your e-mails if you're on our mailing list) and we' ll post as soon as we firm it up.
The International Challenge is a blast. Bands from all over the world descend on Memphis for the week. The nights are filled with live Blues from clubs up and down the strip and hordes of people that dig the blues as much as you do roaming the streets and making new friends from all over. If you go once you'll want to go back every year. During the day you ask? Visit Graceland, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, go to Sun Studios, see STAX records, take a day-trip to the Crossroads, yep THE Crossroads, and try to flag a ride. Eat fried catfish, hot chicken, bbq. Its a little slice of heaven.
So musicians, pull together that blues set and let us know you're interested.
For details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll be glad to have you take your shot
Shoutout from the Blues Foundation
The Blues Foundation, hosts of the yearly International Blues Challenge, gave the LIBS and the Hudson Valley Blues Society a nice plug in its recent newsletter, mentioning the inaugural Downstate Bluesfest.
The show was what we hope will be the first of many partnerships with our neighbors in the northern suburbs.
We not only raised some dough, but brought together members and fans from both regions to enjoy some much-needed live music.
Missed the Downstate Virtual Bluesfest? Watch it here.
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