Blues music contest seeks bands

Knoxville, TN – The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is seeking East Tennessee bands and performers that are interested in competing in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) scheduled to take place on Beale Street in Memphis in January, 2018. Those interested are encouraged to contact SMBS Vice President Tom Hurwitz (646) 785-0686 or email for an application package. The Application deadline for local entries is August 5.

The local performers that are chosen as finalists will compete to become the official entry representatives of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. The competition will take place beginning from 4 – 8 pm, Saturday, August 13 at the Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. The winner will be chosen by a panel of local judges and then go on to represent East Tennessee at the 34th International Blues Challenge this January. Winners are chosen in the categories of Band, Solo/Duo or Youth.

The International Blues Challenge represents a worldwide search for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC. Further information can be found at

About the Smoky Mountain Blues Society

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the Greater Knoxville area and providing service throughout East Tennessee. Its mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its heritage, and by so doing, help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds and economic levels.