Memphis Bound

22nd Annual Memphis Bound Competition

was held

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the

Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo, NY


BAND - The Jeremy Keyes Band

Solo - Michael DeLano

Youth Showcase - Michael DeLano

The International Blues Challenge is Jan 28, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020 in Memphis, TN!

The WNY Blues Society will host our annual competition for Blues acts to compete to represent WNY internationally at the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN.  The competition is open to solo, duo, band and youth acts that reflect the vision of the Blues throughout their performance.  

Applications and information is available via request sent to

A special thank you to all the musicians, sponsors, volunteers and supporters who make 

each year's Memphis Bound Competition a success!


 IBC Youth Showcase

In an effort to keep one of America’s oldest genres not just alive but thriving, we encourage our youth to grow their musicianship by exploring the Blues genre through composition and performance.  The Blues Foundation also values our youth who chose the Blues as a vehicle to express their talent and art by providing opportunity for education and performance.  Each year during the IBC, the Youth Showcase highlights youth Blues performers from all over the world giving them an outlet to perform and grow professionally.  If you are a youth in a Blues solo, duo or band act interested in representing WNY as part of the IBC’s Youth Showcase, please send a letter of interest describing your Blues act and one video link to

The Blues Foundation’s Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Each year, during the IBCs, the Blues Foundation holds an international competition to highlight independent Blues recording artists through the Best Self-Produced CD Competition.  Affiliates world-wide submit their local winners to be judged by industry professionals in Memphis.  The Winners are announced during the IBC and their recording gets international exposure. If you are looking to have your Blues album recognized internationally and taken to the next level, please email memphisbound@wnybluesorg for an the application. DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2019

Questions? Email


The Blues Foundation

The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but world-renowned as THE organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 200 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world. Its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the international center of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose new generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.

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International Blues Challenge (IBC)

The IBC is a five-day event that includes both band and solo/duo blues music competition, youth and international showcases and seminars.  Typically, over 250 (band, solo/duo and youth) acts from 40 states and two dozen countries participate in the four rounds in Memphis.  Significantly, the acts cannot enter directly, but are sponsored by one of our 200 affiliated organizations that are so critical to nurturing Blues culture in their own region.  These events and awards are a culmination of activities undertaken by our affiliates and serve our mission by providing a vehicle through which they can promote, preserve and ensure the future of Blues music in their region via their own competitions to determine which up-and-coming act they will send to Memphis for a once-in-a-lifetime artistic and educational opportunity.  The top acts receive cash prizes, professional services and career-changing gigs, and each year, competitors other than those judged as “winners” are “discovered” and as a result, doors open for their future musical endeavors.

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Our 2019 IBC Competitors:

The winners of the 21st Annual Memphis Bound Competition are:

Hanna & Alex


Hanna PK and Alex Disljenkovic 

Hanna & Alex - Photo Credit: Aaron Winters 

Winner of the Best Self Produced CD:

New County Blues by Willie May

Our 2018 IBC Competitors:


Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian - Duo IBC Participant

Jordan A James & Serious Trouble - IBC Youth Showcase


Our 2017 IBC Competitors:

Band - The Jeremy Keyes Band

Duo - Biphonic Tonic (Vinnie DeRosa and Hayden Fogle)

2017 IBC Semi Finalists!

This event would not be possible without the 

participation of all the amazing area musicians, our sponsors, volunteers and Blues fans!