The International Blues Challenge 2015


The International Blues Challenge is this week in Memphis January20 – 24.  Bands, fans, and industry professionals will be gathering to take in some good blues.  Bands from across the country and around the world will be in Memphis.

I left a lot later than usual for Memphis.  Good thing I didn’t need the stress of driving I-91 at 4 am.  By the time I left it was clear sailing.  Leaving the ice behind.

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Leaving the Connecticut cold for some hot Blues.

Planes were packed as canceled flights were being made up.  Ended sitting next to a guy from UTenn Knoxville who did not know of the IBC.  Wondered why hotels were hard to find and pricey.

Thought I would settle in for a quiet night and recover from travel.  BUT, the fire alarm went off, the place was hot and the blues hadn’t started.  Had to evacuate.  Meet some of the IBCers outside.

The Memphis Fire Department responded in full force.  No problem and the firefighters had time to talk with us.

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Of course we ran out with our prized possessions, me with my cameras and the musicians with their instruments.

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The rest of the night was uneventful.

The econoLodge has a breakfast area and it is a good place to meet up with Connecticut people as well as band members and fans from other states.  More on that in the next Blog as the IBC begins with the International bands and a Beale St meet and greet.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

2 responses to “The International Blues Challenge 2015

  1. Ed Stack

    Those firemen look like they are ready for a terrorist attack.

  2. Joey Dom's sister

    Did you get any phone numbers of those firemen for me? LOL!! Great pics!! The ones from the balcony really on Day 2 really look good, too!!

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