Blues Challenge

PBPS Blues Challenges

In the Fall of the year, PBPS hosts Blues Challenges to find the area’s best Blues Band, Solo/Duo and YOUTH act to advance to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Our Youth Challenge is for those who are under 21 years old as of February 5, 2017. We will have 6 openings for Youth Challenge competitors who may compete as a band or solo/duo act.

  • Youth and Band Challenges will be held October 2, 2016.
    Registration for the Youth and Band Challenges closes on or before 9 p.m. on Sept. 18, 2016.
  • Solo/Duo Challenge will be held October 16, 2016.
    Registration for the Solo/Duo Challenge closes on or before 9 p.m. on October 2, 2016.
  • Both events will be held at After Hours Tavern, 1614 N. Main Street, High Point, NC

We will provide all entrants 15 minutes to play on After Hours Tavern’s music stage and be judged under the International Blues Challenge rules.  Depending on number of entrants, we may have 2 preliminary rounds leading to a final round to determine the winners.

The top three winners in each challenge will receive cash prizes, and the 1st place winners in the Band, Solo/Duo, and Youth competitions will get to represent the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 31-February 4, 2017. Over 250 acts from around the world vie for top honors during this week in Memphis, TN.

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 After Hours Tavern will provide overall sound through their concert PA system. PLEASE, do not ask to use your “signature sound” amplifier, you must use one of the provided amplifiers. (please see the rules for what equipment is allowable)

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 $50 for Bands.

Band Entry Form – entries close 9/18/16 for 10/2/16 Competition

Youth Challenge Entry – entries close 9/18/16 for 10/2/16 Competition

Solo/Duo Entry Form – entries close 10/2 for 10/16/16 Competition

Questions or Concerns?  Contact our Blues Challenge Coordinators by clicking this.