IBC 2023 Winners Announced
Blues Foundation
by Candace Dickerson
1M ago
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE’S TOP SELECTIONS FOR 2023! BAND DIVISION Winner: Mathias Lattin 2nd Place Band: The Cinelli Brothers 3rd Place Band: Dick Earl’s Electric Witness SOLO/DUO DIVISION Winner: Frank Sultana 2nd Place: The Sugar Thieves BEST GUITAR AWARD ( BEST BAND GUITARIST) Winner: Mathias Lattin MEMPHIS CIGAR BOX GUITAR AWARD (BEST SOLO/DUO GUITARIST) Winner: Adam Karch LEE OSKAR HARMONICA AWARD (BEST HARMONICA PLAYER) Winner: Deuce ‘n a Quarter BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD Winner: Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – Green Light # # # The post IBC 2023 Winne ..read more
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IBC 2022 Winner’s Announced
Blues Foundation
by Addison
11M ago
French Band The Wacky Jugs Win the IBCs Band Division Phoenix Artist Eric Ramsey Triumphs in the Solo/Duo Division THE WACKY JUGS©Roger Stephenson MEMPHIS, Tenn. — One act came from France and the other from Phoenix, but they both proved to be outstanding at this year’s International Blues Challenge finals, which took place May 9th in Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre. The Wacky Jugs, representing France Blues, left Memphis with a first-place finish in the Band Division, while T.C. Carter took home the Gibson Guitar Award for Best Band Guitarist (Piedmont Blues Preservation Society ..read more
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2022 Blues Music Awards Winners
Blues Foundation
by Addison
11M ago
BLUES MUSIC AWARDS 2022 WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT FIRST IN-PERSON BMA EVENT SINCE 2019 Tommy Castro is the big winner with three awards with multiple honors going to Sue Foley & Christone “Kingfish” Ingram MEMPHIS, Tenn. —The Renasant Convention Center was packed with blues musicians, fans, and music-world luminaries on May 5th, anxious to see who would be the winners at the 43rd Annual Blues Music Awards. Besides awarding honors in 25 categories, the BMAs, as is its tradition, featured performances from many nominees, with the gala ending in a jubilant all-star jam. Tommy Castro ..read more
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2022 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2022 LUCILLE BOGAN, LITTLE WILLIE JOHN, JOHNNIE TAYLOR, OTIS BLACKWELL, AND MARY KATHERINE ALDIN WILL BE CELEBRATED  AS NEW BLUES HALL OF FAMERS ON MAY 4, 2022 Landmark recordings by:  Bobby “Blue” Bland, Roy Brown, Bo Diddley, B.B. King,Baby Face Leroy Trio, and Sonny Boy Williamson II To receive Hall of Fame recognition at The Blues Foundation’s ceremony in Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 12 honorees of The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame’s 42nd class encompass over 70 years of music, spanning from Lucille Bogan in the 1 ..read more
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The Blues Foundation Announces the 43rd BMA Nominees
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
Click here to purchase BMA and BHOF tickets CLICK HERE TO BOOK HOTEL ROOM KEB’ MO’, TOMMY CASTRO, TOM HAMBRIDGE, CHRIS CAIN, SUGARAY RAYFORD, ERIC GALES, ARE AMONG THE  DISTINGUISHED, DIVERSE GROUP OF NOMINEES  TO BE CELEBRATED AT THE 43RD ANNUAL BLUES MUSIC AWARDS  The Blues Foundation will reveal the winners at its Gala Ceremony in Memphis on May 5 Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony May 4 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An impressive assembly of blues music masters, ranging from Blues Hall of Famers to rising stars, will gather in Memphis on Thursday, May 5th, for th ..read more
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Important Update: Blues Hall of Fame Museum
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
Dear Blues Foundation Members, Passion. Devotion. Welcoming. Embracing. This is what I feel as I get to know everyone here. As the newcomer to the family, I thank you for the tremendous opportunity to serve as The Blues Foundation’s CEO. In my short time here, I have learned your love for The Foundation stems from its history of extraordinary experiences. From amazing events to the Blues Hall of Fame – you support us because of the wonderful ways your membership allows you to celebrate and pay homage to the blues. The Blues Foundation membership experience is so amazing, that you ..read more
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IBC 2022: NEW DATES
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
The Blues Foundation is excited to announce the new dates for the International Blues Challenge: May 6 – 9, 2022  It will be a full week of blues this May in Memphis as we celebrate the Blues Music Award nominees and winners on Thursday, May 5 and are Back On Beale with IBC beginning Friday, May 6.  IBC Important Dates  Friday, May 6: Quarterfinals Night 1  Saturday, May 7: Quarterfinals Night 2  Sunday, May 8: KBA Ceremony, Youth Showcases, & Semifinals  Monday, May 9: IBC Finals at The Orpheum  Stay tuned for the updated IBC event schedule that incl ..read more
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URGENT UPDATE: IBC 2022 Postponed
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
The Blues Foundation Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 37th International Blues Challenge that was to take place January 18-22, 2022. While this decision is coming at a late stage, it was not made lightly. As recently as mid-December, the COVID-19 pandemic and Omicron variant seemed under control, as vaccination rates were growing and large events were taking place successfully with safety protocols in place. The past couple of weeks, however, have shown a significant increase in positive cases not only in the US but globally. Memphis has seen its highes ..read more
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2022 KBA Award Recipients
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
The Blues Foundation will celebrate the Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients during IBC week at a ceremony and brunch on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11:00am at the DoubleTree Hotel. Click to purchase KBA and IBC passes Get to know the 2022 KBA Award Recipients Big Blues Bender’s HART Party  The Big Blues Bender is a 4-day music festival held annually in Las Vegas, NV. Each year the opening night is a fundraiser that supports the HART (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund. The Bender graciously donates all of the door proceeds towards the HART Party, as well as donating ..read more
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News: Judith Black named new President & CEO of The Blues Foundation
Blues Foundation
by Addison
1y ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2021 Memphis, TN — The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Judith Black as its new President and CEO effective January 1, 2022. Black is co-founder and previously served as President of the Tarik Black Foundation; a foundation focused on delivering youth life skills education. The foundation’s mission is to provide young people access to practical information and exposure through real world experiences. She was also responsible for all operations, grants, fundraising, and programs and spearheaded the brand launch of ‘Taking Back the ..read more
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