International Blues Challenge

2018 IBC band representative Tony Holiday & the Velvetones 2018 IBC band representative Tony Holiday & the Velvetones

Sending a Utah band/solo-duo act to Memphis to compete against bands from all over the world.

The International Blues Challenge (IBC) is a truly international showcase of about 250 of the best unsigned blues acts from around the world, held each January at clubs and venues in Memphis.  As a Blues Foundation affiliate, the UBS is entitled to send an act in the “Band” division and/or the “Solo/Duo” division. In 2018, we did just that by sending the winners of our local challenge that we held in late 2017.  Both William G. Kidd (Solo/Duo entrant) and Tony Holiday & the Velvetones (Band entrant) made it to the Semi-Finals! They really represented your UBS (and the entire State of Utah) admirably - especially for our first foray to the IBC.