The 2021 Atlanta Blues Challenge was held on Sunday, the 29th at Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock GA and it was a blast! Solo performers wowed the audience with their skill and focus, and then the bands came out with stunning energy and polished performances. Stay tuned for a complete rundown and review – coming shortly…

The results are in….

Congratulations to our IBC Representatives:

Youth Category – Cece Ellis
Solo/Duo Category – Brandon Reeves
Band Category – The Garrett Collins Project

Additional congratulations to:
2nd Place Band – The Trouble Tones
3rd Place Band – The Zion Stovall Band
People’s Choice – The Garrett Collins Project

Thanks to our judges, volunteers, board members, MadLife staff – especially the production engineers – and all the fans who came out to hear the amazing music from our competing bands.

Pictures and videos coming soon.

There are three categories for the challenge acts: Youth act, Solo/Duo act, and Band act. For the Youth act, all participants must be under the age of 21. While the Youth act is a competition at the Atlanta Challenge, they will not be in competition at the IBC in Memphis, but instead will be in a Youth Showcase which takes place on Friday evening of IBC week. The winning Youth act will need to take off at least one day from school, and possibly two, to allow for travel time to Memphis. The Solo/Duo and Band act winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge must be able to be in Memphis for the entire week of the IBC in order to compete in the various stages of the IBC competition (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, and Finals).  This year’s Memphis IBC will be January 18-22, 2022. 

Line up:

• Youth Act – Cece Ellis
Solo/Duo Act – Brandon Reeves
Band Acts:
• Drew Ashworth Band
• The Trouble Tones
• Frankie’s Blues Mission
• Let it Rip Band
• Zion Stovall Band
• The Garrett Collins Band