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ATTENTION BANDS & MUSICIANS
 

If you're thinking of joining our IBC (International Blues Challenge) program this event year (2020-2021), 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

2023 BSPCD WINNER
The Golden Gate Blues Society proudly announces the winning CD in our Best Self-Produced CD category of our regional 2023 IBC competition. Copies are sent to compete in The Blues Foundation's IBC in Memphis.

HOWELL/DEVINE "Strange Time Blues"


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