Triangle Blues Society 2022 Blues Challenge: Call For Musicians

The Triangle Blues Society (TBS) Blues Challenge is a regional competition to select acts that will represent TBS in the Blues Foundation’s 38th International Blues Challenge (IBC) January 24-29, 2023 in Memphis, TN. Over 250 acts from around the world converge on Beale Street to perform before the music industry searching for new talent, with the chance to win recognition and prizes that include major festival performances and more.  This year’s TBS Blues Challenge is taking place Sunday, September 25, 2022, 1 PM, at The Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC.

Categories include solo, duo and bands playing any and all kinds of blues (and nothing BUT the blues, please!).   At least half of any performing band (or one, if a band of three), and at least one from a solo or duo act, must be legal residents of North Carolina as of September 25, 2022. At least one member of the act must be a member of the Triangle Blues Society.

If you are under 21 years of age at the time of the International Blues Challenge, Jan. 24, 2023, you may also participate in our Youth Category. Throughout the duration of the IBC, excluding Finals which are held at The Orpheum Theatre, Youth Showcases are in various clubs on Beale Street. (TBS Youth Challenge winners are responsible for their own funding efforts.)

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 10, 2022, so take that first step now and submit your application to:

By Email:                                                         ORBy Mail:
Terri Robbins:

with Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge
in the subject line.
Terri Robbins
Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge
1108 Four Wheel Drive
Wake Forest NC  27587


We are also accepting entries for BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD.  RULES & APPLICATION HERE.

For more questions or details feel free to email Terri Robbins, TBS IBC Liaison, at 

Check the TBS Facebook page ( or
TBS website ( for updates and more information.

Watch our own Jon Shain in his winning Solo performance in the 2019 IBC here!