35th Annual International Blues Challenge for 2019
Jan 22-26 Held in Memphis

Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC) is participating in this year’s IBC competition. Our competition will begin on Sunday, August 12th at the fabulous Stargazers Theatre here in Colorado Springs.  We will extend the competition to the 19th and 26th of August if we have enough competition. We are having Duo/Single and Band competitions. We are going to subsidize a portion of the cost to the band and/or duo to compete in Memphis.

Competition Rules

We will be using the same criteria and rules as the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Please take the time to review these at: https://blues.org/official-ibc-rules/

Backline and Equipment

The Pikes Peak Blues Community and Stargazers will provide backline and sound. The setup on stage will include a drum kit with snare drums, amps, keyboards and mics. The backline in each venue will be based on the act’s registration information. Drummers should bring their own cymbals and kick pedals. Harmonica players may (but are not required to) bring their own harp amp. Keyboard players are allowed (but are not required) to bring their own keyboard and keyboard amps. Keyboard stands will be provided. Effects racks and other auxiliary equipment are permitted. Musicians must include on the online registration form any additional or special equipment needed.

Competitors are prohibited from bringing their own guitar amplifiers (harp amps and keyboard amps being the only exceptions). Musicians should bring their own DI boxes. Every effort will be made to provide suitable equipment. Exceptions to this prohibition may only be granted pursuant to a formal written petition submitted in writing and received via email by our IBC coordinator, Jim Sesters at (10jsesters@gmail.com), no less than 30 days prior to the competition. Make sure to also include a request in the act’s online registration.




We will notify you of your competition time and date by August 1st.


The International Blues Challenge Competition—August 2016 at Southside Johnny’s