Save the Date - The International Blues Challenge #37

Save the Date
The International Blues Challenge #37
Live & In-Person!

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for blues bands and solo/duo blues performers who are ready for the international stage and may just need an extra big break.

Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC.  You’ve just read that the CBA is planning to move ahead with the Journey to Memphis competition later this year in anticipation of sending our best to Memphis next January.

IBC #37 is scheduled to take place along Beale Street Jan. 18-22, 2022. Tickets, hotel reservations and more will open this October. Stay tuned for updates as more information is released!

Watch Highlights from the 2020 International Blues Challenge here:

Keb’ Mo’ – Livestream From City Winery New York City – May 5th

Keb’ Mo’s self-titled release under his coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, reached its quarter-century milestone in 2019, and over the years, Keb’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels.

Album after album, 14 in total, he has garnered 5 GRAMMY awards, including his most recent 2019 release, “Oklahoma,” which won in the Best Americana Album category.

Keb’s list of GRAMMY recognitions continues with 12 GRAMMY nominations, in total, including his 2014 self-produced release, BLUESAmericana, earning three nominations on its own as well as a producer/engineer/artist GRAMMY Certificate for his track on the 2001 Country Album of the Year Hank Williams tribute, “Timeless.” In celebration, he will be performing two simulcasts from the City Winery in New York City.

Wednesday, May 5, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. $20 available at

Taj Mahal In Eugene

Legendary blues and roots musician Taj Mahal has announced a series of livestream performances this March, broadcast from The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA. The series will include a full electric set starring The Phantom Blues Band and special guest Jon Cleary (Saturday, March 13; followed by the Roots Rising Showcase featuring some of Taj’s favorite emerging artists including Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Amythyst Kiah, Annie Mack, Leyla McCalla, Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo, Ranky Tanky, Allison Russell and Jontavious Willis (Saturday, March 20); and all-star multi-generational finale duo collaboration with Fantastic Negrito (Saturday, March 27).

Tickets for these streamed performances are available at ranging from $25.00 to $80.00. All shows start at 6:00 pm.

Chris Smither - 3 Nights of Streaming Shows

Chris Smither –
3 Nights of Streaming Shows

Acoustic guitar master Chris Smither fell in love with the sound of folk and blues music after hearing a recording by the legendary Lightnin’ Hopkins at an early age. He decided to make music his life’s career in his twenties in the mid-60s and has since released 18 highly acclaimed albums. A storytelling songwriter who music has been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt (“Love Me Like A Man”), and has recorded and toured alongside people like BB King, Dave Alvin, Dr John, Nanci Griffith and more.

A true road-dog, Smither is normally constantly on the road performing, but as with every other musician he finds himself seeking other ways to showcase his talents. In March, he will be streaming three nights of music, including two performances and one master class. All three will be streamed live from The Parlor in Northampton, MA.

March 13 LEAVE THE LIGHT ON night – Chris will perform songs from the record in its entirety playing favorites like “Seems So Real,” “Origin of Species,” “Leave the Light On,” and other songs.

March 20 MASTER CLASS –  Chris will break down how he plays his song(s) and also provide some commentary on how the songs came about all in conversation with special guest Chris’s good friend songwriter/musician Peter Mulvey.

March 27 NIGHT of the BLUES – Chris will play a solid hour of his own and traditional blues.

Each event has a 48-hour replay window so folks in the Pacific Northwest, Australia, UK and EU you can watch at a time that works best for you and also anyone can re-watch the performances again (and again and again) in that window.

Alberta Rose Theatre is proud to partner with Chris Smither to bring you access to these special livestream performances.  Tickets are $20 and on sale now at  A portion of each ticket sold benefits the Alberta Rose.

A.J. Croce Presents a Pair of Live Stream Shows

A.J. Croce Presents a Pair of Live Stream Shows

Over his ten studio albums, it’s clear that A.J. Croce holds an abiding love for all types of musical genres: blues, soul, pop, jazz and rock. A virtuosic piano player, Croce, the song of the late singer/songer writer Jim Croce, has toured with BB King and Ray Charles before reaching the age of 21, and over his career has performed with a wide range of musicians, from Willie Nelson to The Neville Brothers, Bela Flek to Ry Cooder.

A.J. Will be bringing two live streaming events in March, one in celebration of his latest release, By Request, and the second a retrospective of his thirty year career

Thursday, March 18, 5:30 pm. By Request, album release show featuring the studio band

Thursday, March 25, 5:30. Career Retrospective Show.

Tickets for these online performances are available through or through the website for $15.00 – $25.00.