709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

2017 TBS Blues Challenge & FREE Open All-Star Blues Jam hosted by Charlley Ward

September 16, 2017  ·  Saturday * 2-8pm *$10 / $8 for members / 8-11PM NO COVER!

On the Road Again….to the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis!

Come watch some of the best bands in the area compete to represent TBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. PLUS join in an All-Star Jam after hosted by Charlley Ward!

The TBS Blues Challenge takes place Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2pm at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC. Tickets are $10 for non-TBS members, $8 for TBS members, and are available at the door.

About the Challenge

The TBS Blues Challenge is a local competition in two categories – solo/duo and band.  Winners earn the right to travel to Memphis, TN to further compete in the 33rd International Blues Challenge (IBC), which is sponsored by The Blues Foundation (BF), consisting of winners from affiliate societies all over the world.

Our challengers this year are:

The Dillonaires
Gene O’Neill
Frank Greathouse
Jason Damico
Lorenzo Logie Meachum
Near-Blind James & Harmonica Bob
Rory Jagdeo
Smart Alec Blues

Bull City Beatniks
Bull City Blues Band
Full Circle Band
Tad Walters Blues Band

More than half (at least 51%) of any performing group must be legal residents of North Carolina and members of the Triangle Blues Society as of September 1, 2017.

TBS sponsors the annual Blues Challenge and works with winners throughout the process to raise the money to support their travel to the IBC.