The Northern Arizona Blues Alliance (NAZBA) is pleased to announce its
FOURTH annual International Blues BAND and SOLO/DUO Competition to be held on Saturday, October 06 in conjunction with the FIFTH annual CLARKTOBERFEST, in downtown Clarkdale.
The free event is open to the public, spans the street for two blocks of downtown and includes kid events in the park. 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 1:00PM sharp and run to 5:00PM, featuring a maximum of 5 band and 5 solo/duo slots for the competition.
Judging will be from a panel of three judges, using Memphis IBC criteria, so again, please become familiar with those criteria. Participants will be provided copies of their scores with judges names redacted so bands can get some idea of their particular strengths and weaknesses after the event.
What do the winners get? First and foremost, the winner of the IBC gets to compete in Memphis, TN at the International Challenge, January 22nd - 26th.
The IBC has become THEE launch pad for many bands and record companies, talent buyers, and promoters will be there. It is an incredible week of music and an experience that is once in a lifetime for many of the participants. NABZA will be providing $1000.00 to help defray travel costs for the band winner and $350 for the solo/duo winner!! Note: winner must go to the IBC to receive funds.
In the event the winner cannot go, the second place band will be the designated replacement. Also, please note, in the event a band member cannot go (for health reasons for example), any replacement or reduction of act personnel must be approved by the NAZBA Board first, and then the Blues Foundation in Memphis – they have the final say on replacements. Therefore, winners must be committed to carry to ball across the finish line!