Our stage will be setup at 10th and Main on the North side of the street.
The Northern Arizona Blues Alliance (NAZBA) is pleased to announce its FOURTH annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) band and solo/duo competition to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 in conjunction with the FIFTH annual CLARKTOBERFEST, in downtown Clarkdale. The FREE event is open to the public, spans the streets for two blocks of downtown Clarkdale and includes kid events in the park.
Winners of the band and solo/duo receive $350 and $1000 to compete in Memphis at the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in January 2019! Just getting to Memphis is a journey by itself! Acts must win their local competition, such as this one, to qualify for the Memphis event where they are judged on the basis of Blues Content, Originality, Vocal Ability, Musicianship, and Stage Presence in the scoring. Once in Memphis, acts then compete against 125 of the top blues solo/duo acts and 125 top bands from around the country and 20 other nations as far away as the Philippines.
There will be food from Clarkdale restaurants, many different craft breweries represented along with the three wineries of Clarkdale! Main Street will be loaded with artists, arts & crafts, local businesses and community organizations, plus activities for all ages. Competitors are scheduled to begin 12:30PM sharp and run to 5:00PM, with a GREAT local band, POTENT MOTION finishing out the night until 9PM!
International Blues Challenge Lineup: