From Joe Whitmer at the Blues Foundation office in today's e-mail:
|The 2011 International Blues Challenge will have a new format. |
1. There will be four nights of competition. The contest will begin with all acts competing in the first night of the quarterfinal on Wednesday, February 2 and continue with a second night of quarterfinals on Thursday February 3. Some acts will then advance to the semifinal on Friday night. The number of acts advancing on Friday will depend on the number of acts and venues. The finals will once again be on Saturday.
The purpose of this expanded format is to accommodate increasing numbers of participating acts. The IBC is like a funnel. In theory, we can handle as many acts as there are when we start, but by Saturday, they have to be narrowed to about 10 bands and 8 solo/duo acts. This is the purpose of the added step. I would note that an increasing number of acts will now get to play 3 times (if they advance to the semifinals) and 4 times (if they advance to the finals) instead of the current 2 and 3 times.
In addition, the FedEx International Showcase will likely be held on Tuesday, February 1. Act registration and orientation would be during the day Wednesday February 2.
2. Deadline for act registration will be midnight November 14, 2010.
3. Stay tuned for further changes as we adjust to the increasing size of the event.