The Atlanta Blues Society is now taking entries for the 2022 Atlanta Blues Challenge. This competition will decide who will represent us in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN which is tentatively scheduled for the week of January 28 to February 4 and will take place on Beale St in in Memphis. This year’s ABS competition will be as follows:
What: Atlanta Blues Challenge
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Time: 1pm-9pm@ 
Place: MadLife Stage & Studios
Address: 8722 Main St.,
        Woodstock, GA 30188

We will be selling advanced tickets to this event. This event could sell out so make sure you secure your tickets in advance for your chance to see the best up and coming blues acts in action. The tickets for regular admission are each $15+ a small processing fee & taxes. There are three categories of acts for the challenge: Youth, Solo/Duo, and Band. Here are the acts that will compete: 

Youth Act – Mongo Pretty

Solo Act – Drew Ashworth

Band Acts (order to determined) –
                  Cannonball Red and the Headhunters
                  Trouble Tones
                  Hughes Taylor
                  William ‘Bluesman’ Reed and the Juke Joint Dukes
                  Men of SAB
                  Let it Rip 
                  Wasted Potential

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 registration and the entire week of the IBC in order to participate in the various stages of the IBC competition (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, and Finals).  This year’s IBC is tentatively scheduled for January 28 to Feb 4.

For more information, please go to our Challenge Page.