2024 CRBN IBC Blues Challenge


Get Ready for the 2024 Capital Region Blues Network IBC Blues Challenge!

CRBN IBC Challenges For 2024 IBC:

  • Band Challenge – The Diego Mongue Band are our winners!
  • Solo/Duo Challenge – September 17, 2023 @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs featuring:
    • LeFever
    • The Zarvis Brothers
    • Trevor Collins


  1. Nomination to the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, January/February 2024 (Dates TBD)
  2. Cash prizes to be used only towards expenses for the trip to Memphis:
  • Band - $1,500 cash
  • Solo-Duo - $750 cash

To Enter:

  • Submit your entry to Richard Green: [email protected]
  • To enter performers should submit a recording of their material.  Most formats accepted e.g. MP3, YouTube link, SoundCloud link, CD (please ask for mailing address) etc.
  • Submit a minimum of 2 but no more than 4 songs (at least one song must be an original composition)
  • Submit a brief bio listing the performers and their instruments (and/or vocals)
  • The CRBN Board of Directors will select up to 4 contestants to compete

Deadline For Entries:

  • Band Challenge Deadline: CLOSED
  • Solo-Duo Challenge Deadline: CLOSED


  • A band is considered to be any combination of 3 or more performers whereas a solo-duo act is one or two performers
  • At least one performer must be a current CRBN member. (Go to www.crbn.org/membership)
  • Must have at least one original song
  • Must play primarily blues music (the definition of what qualifies as “blues” is broad and we do not have a strict definition).
  • Must be available for the challenge:
    • The challenges will be in the afternoon, approx. 2 – 6 pm.
    • Performers may be required to be at the venue for sound check as early as 11am.
  • Must be available to travel to the IBC in Memphis (dates TBD but typically late January/early February)
  • Must be prepared to abide by IBC competition rules
  • Must live in the area served by CRBN
  • No performer can have been nominated for a Blues Music or WC Handy Award

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