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After a two-year Covid induced hiatus the ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge returns in 2022!

8 bands and 3 solo/duo acts will compete at Norwood Live for the opportunity to represent ARBA and South Australia at the 2023 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee! 
Please note these important dates and put them in your diary. 

HEAT ONE Saturday 25th June at Norwood Live (Bands only)
1. Chris Finnen Band
2. Stormhorse
3. The Honey Badgers
4. Mojo Dingo

HEAT TWO Saturday 9th July at Norwood Live (Bands only)
1. Nicolina And The Rituals
2. The Nuts
3. Taking Back June
4. The TinMen 

THE FINAL Saturday 27th of August at Norwood Live
Solo/duo acts:
Ben Ford-Davies
Frankie and Savva
PLUS the winning bands from heats one and two 

FUNDRAISER: Friday 21st October at Semaphore Workers Club
Featuring the winning band and solo/duo acts plus special guests.

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ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge 

The aim of the ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge is to provide the means for acts to compete for the opportunity to represent ARBA, South Australia and Australia in Memphis Tennessee, at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC).

Since the inaugural challenge in 2015, this annual event has captured the imagination and attention of blues lovers in Adelaide and beyond. Capacity crowds are the norm at both the heats and final, ensuring an electric atmosphere as the acts strive for the opportunity to compete at the IBC in Memphis. 
The enormous public support helps generate enough income to pay for the travel and accommodation expenses of the band and solo/duo act that represent ARBA and South Australia at the IBC each year.
The Memphis Blues Challenge helps raise the profile of the local blues scene and provides the opportunity for a money-can't-buy experience at the IBC for local acts.

Memphis Blues Challenge info and rules

MBC Final 2019
MBC Winners

ARBA Memphis Blues Challenge Winners

Lazy Eye / Mick Kidd with Dave Blight
2016: The Associates / Nikko & Snooks
2017: Steve Brown Band / J.J Fields
2018: One More Mile / Ben Ford-Davies
2019: Holler & The Bones / Tin Can Alley

ARBA Honour Board

ARBA Representatives at the International Blues Challenge (Memphis)

Since 2016, ARBA has sent bands and solo/duo acts to 5 consecutive International Blues Challenges. Our acts have made many friends and fans amongst the huge crowds that attend every year. Best placings so far have been: 2016 The Associates and 2019 Ben Ford-Davies, both acts made the Semi-Finals in their respective years.
It is worth noting too that ARBA representatives have twice made the final 5 in the Blues Foundation Best Self-Produced CD Competition (announced at the IBC); 2018
Kings and Associates and 2019 The Streamliners.  
In addition to playing in the challenge, our acts have made the most of the many opportunities; networking, jamming, media interviews, exploring Memphis and other parts of the USA, two of our acts have also recorded albums whilst in the USA for the IBC.

International Blues Challenge Information

ARBA at the IBC