In the Fall of the year, PBPS hosts Blues Challenges to find the area’s best Blues Band and Solo/Duo act to advance to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. This year, we are adding a Youth Challenge for those who are under 21 years old as of January 30, 2016. We will have 6 openings for Youth Challenge competitors who may compete as a band or solo/duo act. We will provide the entrants 15 minutes to play on Blind Tiger’s music stage and be judged under the International Blues Challenge rules.
The top three winners in each challenge will receive cash prizes, and the 1st place winners in the Band and Solo/Duo competitions will get to represent the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 26 through 30. Over 250 acts from around the world vie for top honors during this week in Memphis, TN.
This year, the challenges take place at the fabulous Blind Tiger during 17 Days Greensboro. We will hold the Band Challenge and Youth Showcase, September 20. The Solo/Duo challenge will be held September 27.
PBPS will provide professional backline equipment for competitors for ease of transition between acts and to assure a level playing field for all performers and Blind Tiger will provide overall sound through their concert PA system.
If you’re interested in competing, make yourself acquainted with the IBC rules and the PBPS Rules, then click the link below for the entry form of the challenge you’d like to enter. We’ve made it easy, when you click the option below, you’ll get the entry form. Fill it out and hit ‘Submit’ it’ll take to to the paypal checkout for your entry fee! Good Luck! We’re eager to see your act! Entry Fees are $25.00 for solo/duo and Youth(any configuration) and $40 for Bands
Band Entry Form – entries close 9/15 for Sept 20 Competition
Youth Challenge Entry – entries close 9/15 for Sept 20 Competition
Solo/Duo Entry Form – entries close 9/22 for Sept 27 Competition
Questions or Concerns? Contact our Blues Challenge Coordinators by clicking this.