Hampton Acoustic Blues Revival bullet Blues At The Beach Festival bullet Bayou Volunteer
International Blues Challenge bullet NBN Holiday Party & Membership Meeting bullet Blues Jams Fundraisers bullet Blues News Bluesletters
Natchel’ Blues Network & the Blues Foundation presents
NBN's 2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
Local Blues Band competition to represent the Natchel' Blues Network at the IBC in Memphis, TN 2015.

July 27, 2014 •  Shaka's, 2014 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
For an application, to ask any questions, have items to donate (for raffle),
or if you wish to volunteer to assist in making the Blues Challenge a success, email NBNIBC COORDINATOR


Are You Ready for one the
BIGGEST BLUES EVENTS of the Summer?

Do you have a Blues or a solo/duo Blues act who'd like to get some real exposure and a chance to compete against some of the best Blues artists in the 757? Are you a youth Blues act who would like the chance to show off your skills and receive the recognition of Blues lovers and fellow Blues musicians alike? Would you like the opportunity to travel to Memphis, TN to perform on the world famous Beale Street at the International Blues Challenge next year? Do you think you have what it takes to be next Blues band or solo/duo act to break out?

Here's you're chance!

The Natchel' Blues Network is sponsoring the local International Blues Challenge this summer! We are now accepting applications for all Blues bands, solo/duo performers, and youth acts to show what they have and we'll select the best to represent the Natchel' Blues Network and Hampton Roads at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015.

The NBN Blues Challenge will be held at Shaka's Nightclub in Virginia Beach on 27 July, 2014. The competition will begin at 2 PM and each competing act will be expected to perform for no more than 30 minutes. At the end of the competition, Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos will perform and host a Blues Jam! Anthony and the Conqueroos are previous NBN Blues Challenge winners (2012), Roanoke Blues Ridge Blues Society Blues Challenge winners (2013), and the Memphis International Blues Challenge (IBC) Semi-Finalists (2013) and IBC Quarter-finalists (2014). This is going to be a day not to be missed!

Blues lovers are invited to attend and support their favorite bands in the Blues Challenge! For a $10 donation, you will be helping to begin raising funds to send the winning band, solo/duo, and youth bands to Memphis in Jan, 2015! We also plan on holding raffles throughout the day! More details on how to donate and reserve your spot in the audience to follow!

WHO CAN ENTER?
A Blues act cannot enter the International Blues Challenge (IBC) directly. Only the Blues Foundation affiliates (Natchel' Blues Network) may sponsor an act. The act is eligible as long as it has not ever received a Blues Music Award nomination. An act may not participate in the IBC in three consecutive years. An act may be a band, solo/duo or youth.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?
An act is limited to two consecutive appearances at the IBC and must then sit out at least one year before being eligible to compete again. An act under the same name will not be allowed to compete three consecutive years. An individual may not compete in more than one act in any capacity. A musician cannot compete in the Band Division and the Solo/Duo Division, even if that musician represents a different Blues Network in each.

THREE DIVISIONS FOR COMPETITION
The IBC adheres to the following criteria for what constitutes a band, what constitutes a solo/duo act, and what constitutes as a youth act.

Band – any act with three or more musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.
Solo/Duo – any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.
Youth – any act that all members are under the age of 21 at the time of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The youth act will not "compete" against other competing bands, but will perform at several showcases in Memphis.

Applications must be accepted by the NBN no later than 1 July, 2013. For more information, rules, and regulations, go to www.Blues.org.

THREE DIVISIONS TO COMPETE
The order of performance is random and will be determined just before show time!
YOUTH SHOWCASE
Any act that all members are under the age of 21 at the time of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The youth act will not "compete" against other competing bands, but will perform at several showcases in Memphis.

SOLO/DUO
Any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.

BAND
Any act with three or more musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.
DOWNLOAD THE
IBC APPLICATION HERE
AdBtm
Dirt Cheap Blues
AdTop

AdBtm
AdTop

AdBtm
AdTop