January 24th through 28th, The Blues Foundation will host its annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. The world’s largest gathering of blues musicians will take place on Beale Street, with over 20 clubs hosting the challengers and fans.
The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance board members and many Nashville musicians will be in Memphis, participating in various events. Board member Gina Hughes's Galaxie Agency is hosting several showcases during the week, with a residency at BB Kings in the heart of Beale Street. These showcases will feature several accomplished artists along with some up and comers. Another board member, Meg Williams, will play at one such showcase on January 26th. Valerie Tuttle and AU Promotions will provide live streaming of all the showcases, so you can still enjoy the shows even if you can't get down to the home of the blues. Groovy Hoovy (David Hoover), board member and roving Radio DJ, will be out scouting for new airplay talent and gathering intel for his upcoming radio shows.
We can't wait to support all our friends in the blues community at this epic event!