International Blues Challenge

The IBC will be held January 7-11, 2025 on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee! Tickets will go on sale on October 1, 2024.

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo 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. In addition to featuring these final rounds of the prestigious blues music competition, the IBC event week will offer seminars, showcases, master classes, film screenings, networking events, book signings, and receptions for blues societies, fans, and professionals.

IMPORTANT!   To participate in the International Blues Challenge, you must enter & win the Local Regional Challenge first.  To enter the Local Regional Challenge, please click here to go to the LOCAL REGIONAL CHALLENGE APPLICATION.  Bands and Solo/Duo musician(s) will be selected to compete.  Youth musician(s) will be selected to perform during the Youth Showcase but will not compete.  A challenger must never have received a Blues Music Award nomination, and a band or solo/duo may not participate in the IBC in three consecutive years.


You MUST ALSO be an Individual or Band Member of the Treasure Coast Blues Society for entry. Join Today

The TCBS REGIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE is the event of the year and will be taking place at Hop Life Brewery in St Lucie West, Sunday September 22, 2024, time ‘TBA’.  All musicians are invited. Two categories involved with this year’s IBC, Singles/duos challenge, and Band challenge (groups consisting of three or more members).  Winning nominees earn a financially supported trip to Memphis to compete in the 2024/2025 IBC on January 7-11, 2025.   So get your registrations in for a chance to compete in Memphis Tennessee for the IBC in January! 
Registering and Rules are extremely important. So don’t hesitate and check out these important links for details below.
And for Blues fans and friend’s… come-on out on September 22, 2024 at Hop Life Brewery to show your support for your local blues scene and enjoy the competition at this event!
Great Music!!  Great Food!!  At Hop Life Brewery!
_______________ABOUT LAST YEARS REGIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE___________________

Congratulations to the winner of our 2023/2024 Regional Blues Challenge: The Kevin McLoughlin Band.

The Treasure Coast Blues Society will be hosting a few fundraisers in the next few months to assist Kevin & The Band to get to Memphis to compete in the INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE!  In the meantime… feel free to go to the bands website: and help start supporting Kevin & The Band!

Also thank you to all the other competitors in the competition that made this possible!  We had some great blues bands such as Artache , Hurricane Hawk and the Invaders, and Single/duo act Ronny Hill.

Our featured youth musicians Miles Hoyt was on the pedal steel guitar. It was a great event at East Ocean Pub.

AND… a big thank you to the judges, and all members & volunteers who helped make this event happen!