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ATTENTION BANDS & MUSICIANS

If you're thinking of joining our IBC (International Blues Challenge) program next year, or have questions regarding it, you may send an email to ibc@tggbs.org for more info. You can also download our Rules and Application PDFs at the end of this paragraph, and/or visit the Blues Foundation's IBC Page.

Please peruse the rest of this page for a look at the talented TGGBS artists who've participated in past years. Many have made great strides in their careers since then, partly because of the IBC, and because of their own hard work of course. The IBC is an excellent way to help get your band on track.


TGGBS IBC Rules

TGGBS IBC Application


2018-2019 TGGBS INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

The Golden Gate Blues Society congratulates our 2019 IBC winners!!!

2 Buck Chuck won our BAND Category this year, and Pete Madsen & Celeste Kopel won the DUO Category and Best Self-Produced CD Category. Both groups will be going to Memphis, TN, to compete in the Blues Foundation's 35th International Blues Challenge, Jan 22-26, 2019. Stay tuned for a fundraiser event and for other opportunities to help finance the trip these talented musicians will be making. Thank you to The Smoking Pig BBQ Company in Fremont,  CA, for hosting our IBC Band Finale on 10-07-2018, and to Mission St. BBQ in Santa Cruz, CA for hosting our IBC Solo-Duo Final on 10-21-2018. And thank you to Richard MacLaury (TGGBS IBC Coordinator), our competing musicians, our esteemed judges, TGGBS board members who helped with staffing, and to everyone else who helped make this event run so smoothly.

More info on the Memphis IBC can be found at the following link...

http://blues.org/international-blues-challenge


2017-2018 TGGBS INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

No TGGBS IBC Events Were Held For The 2017-2018 Season


2016-2017 TGGBS INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

The Golden Gate Blues Society congratulates our 2017 IBC winners!!!

Ryder Green won the BAND Category and Robert Vye & Ilya Portnov won the SOLO/DUO Category. They will be going to Memphis, TN, to compete in the Blues Foundation's 33rd International Blues Challenge, Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2017. Stay tuned for a fundraiser event and for other opportunities to help finance the trip these talented musicians will be making. Thank you to Little Lou's BBQ in Campbell, CA, for hosting our IBC Final on 11-06-2016. And thank you to Richard MacLaury (TGGBS IBC Coordinator), our competing bands, our esteemed judges, photographer Keri Solorio, TGGBS board members who helped with staffing, the Silicon Valley Blues Society who so generously donated IBC travel funds to the winning bands, and to everyone else who helped make the event run so smoothly.

More info on the Memphis IBC can be found at the following link...

http://blues.org/international-blues-challenge


2015-2016 TGGBS INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

The Blues Foundation presented the 32nd International Blues Challenge (IBC) from Jan. 26 to Jan. 30, 2016 in Memphis, TN. Each year, this event features hundreds of blues artists from all over the world, competing in packed venues in front of enthusiastic audiences. TGGBS is very proud of our 2016 IBC entrants. Roharpo the Bluesman and the Real Blues Band in the BAND category, and Big Bones in the SOLO/DUO category, both made it into the semi-finals. And our pick for Best Self Produced CD, John Maxwell's CD 'Blues For Evangeline', made it into the Blues Foundation's Top 5 Best Self Produced CDs for 2016. Congratulations to our team!

In the end, 'The Delgado Brothers' -- who are our friends from Ventura County and who also visit the Bay Area fairly often -- won first place in the BAND category. Here's the list of 2016 Memphis IBC Winners...

BAND 1st Place: The Delgado Brothers - Ventura County Blues Society
BAND 2nd Place: The Paul DesLauriers Band - Montreal Blues Society
BAND 3rd Place: The Norman Jackson Band - Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society

SOLO/DUO 1st Place: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons - Washington Blues Society
SOLO/DUO 2nd Place: InnerVision - Columbus Blues Alliance

BAND GUITAR: The Delgado Brothers - Ventura County Blues Society
SOLO/DUO GUITAR: Bing Futch - Orange Blossom Blues Society
HARP PLAYER: InnerVision - Columbus Blues Alliance

BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD: Rob Lumbard, Blues in a Bottle - Central Iowa Blues Society

We'd like to thank all of our TGGBS members, donors, supporters, and musicians for helping us with another great year of Bay Area IBC events. And many many thanks to our IBC Coordinator, Richard MacLaury, for doing such an outstanding job. TGGBS is proud to have sent stellar Bands and Solo/Duo acts to Memphis for six consecutive years, and we're looking forward to a new IBC season starting this spring.

-Stan Erhart, TGGBS President

2016 TGGBS IBC Band Final Winner!

Congratulations to Roharpo for winning TGGBS' IBC Band Final on Sunday 09/27/15 at the Smoking Pig BBQ Company in Fremont, CA! Thank you also to Kaye Bohler and Ms Taylor P Collins for their band's outstanding performances. This was a very fun day of music presented to an enthusiastic crowd, and we appreciate all the musicians who participated.

Roharpo and his band will represent The Golden Gate Blues Society, and the SF Bay Area, at the Blues Foundation's 32st International Blues Challenge, Jan. 26-30, 2015. They will compete in the BAND Category.

TGGBS would also like to thank the Smoking Pig and their staff, the IBC judges, the fans, and the many volunteers who made this day such a success.






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