International Blues Challenge -The Start

January means the annual trip to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. Between the weather and a misfiring computer my IBC blog is little late in the making and a little less complete.  I just wanted to make sure I was able to give the IBC some coverage.

You never know who you might see.  Chris Barnes and I shared the plane ride.


This is the first sign of Winter in Memphis as I left the airport.


Arrival at my hotel/apartment. While the weather was cold, I think I own more snow shovels than the population of Memphis.


Tuesday started the IBC with an international concert at the Clayborn Temple, where the Memphis Sanitation Workers met during their historic strike.  It was a good time to meet up and also talk with new people.

Joe starts the night. DSC_0199

A few band pics and some Temple shots.



Scott and EllenDSC_0170


More to come

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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.

One response to “International Blues Challenge -The Start

  1. Ed Stack

    The cold weather dominated the week in Memphis. Great chance to see old friends and new talent in the Blues genre. The IBC is a unique event.

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