2019 International Blues Challenge

January 22 - January 26, 2019


The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be held from January 22nd to January 26th, 2019. The International Showcase will open the event on January 22nd with competition rounds on January 23-26 in venues located along historic Beale Street. The International Blues Challenge will conclude with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on January 26th. Tickets sales for the 35th International Blues Challenge are officially open!


Takes place in various clubs on Beale Street

The Blues Foundation, is world-renowned as THE organization dedicated to preserving blues music history and celebrating recording and performance.   The International Blues Challenge is the Blues Foundation's signature event that turns all of Beale Street into a five-day big blues venue for more than 260 blues acts from around the world.


Five days of Blues on Beale

The 2019 International Blues Challenge will be the 35th year of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its  affiliated organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. 


Finals at the Orpheum Theatre

Acts fill the clubs up and down Beale Street for the quarter-finals on Wednesday and Thursday, the semi-finals on Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.