April 12-14, 2019

Competitions

Band Contest

Date: April 14th, 2018
Check-in/Registration: 2:00 PM
Location: Junior’s Restaurant & Tap House
Contest: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

1st PLACE
$300 + Recording Studio Session (Brickhouse Music)

2nd PLACE
$200 

3rd PLACE
$100

  • Contestants are required to use one stage mike (large capsule) for the preliminary and final rounds of the band contest.
  • No more than 6 bands will be registered for the band contest.
  • Bands may consist of 3-6 members. The music should be “Bluegrass,” “Old Time,” “Western Swing,” or “New Acoustic/Newgrass.”
  • No electric instruments or pickups allowed, with exception of electric bass Only one mic will be provided for each band.
  • Each band plays 3 songs in the preliminaries and 3 songs in the finals.
  • A repeat of songs played in the preliminary round is not allowed in the finals.
  • Bands entering the contest may have no common members.
  • Bands Score in These Categories

Material Selection (taste, authenticity / originality). More points for playing a simple tune well than a difficult tune poorly) 1 2 3 4 5

Performance (overall instrumental blend, tuning, originality) 1 2 3 4 5

Stage Presence (energetic, engaged, playing to the audience) 1 2 3 4 5

Songwriting Contest

Date: April 14th, 2018
Check-in/Registration: 10:30 AM
Location: Junior’s Restaurant & Tap House
Contest: 11:00 – 1:30 PM

1st PLACE
$300

2nd PLACE
$200

3rd PLACE
$100

Trophies for the top 3 places

  • Sorry, no co-writes. Songwriting entries must be entirely written and performed by the entering songwriter.
  • Contestants cannot be signed to a third-party record label or publishing deal.
  • This competition is meant for emerging and independent performing songwriters.
  • The competition with be limited to 12 contestants.
  • Contestants will play 1 original song in the preliminary round and the top five finalists will play 2 original songs in the final round.
  • Contestants may introduce themselves and the song title only.
  • Finalists may not repeat songs from preliminaries in the finals.
  • Recommended time limit: 5 minutes per song.
  • Acoustic instruments with pickups are permitted as well as EQ devices but no effects.
  • Instruments allowed are those that can be carried out to the mics with the performer. A keyboard will be provided if necessary.
  • No backup musicians allowed. This is a solo competition.
  • Advanced registration is encouraged. Please follow the registration link on the left side of this page. Walk up registrations will be accepted until the 12 spots are filled.
  • Contestants are encouraged to perform upbeat rather than sad or introspective songs. Past winners have followed this formula.

Schedule

Review the line-up for a detailed listing of the bands preforming throughout this foot stompin’ Roots and Bluegrass music weekend!

Stay & Play

River Falls is located just 30 minutes east of St. Paul Minnesota and about 45 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Travel by car will probably be most convenient as public transportation is not available directly to River Falls.

Beer & Wine Tasting

Don’t miss our 5th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting. Sample the best beers and wines in the area and enjoy live bluegrass music by the Good Intentions. Advance tickets will be available at Brickhouse Music, Junior’s Restaurant & Tap House, and the River Falls Chamber office.

Schedule

Review the line-up for a detailed listing of the bands preforming throughout this foot stompin’ Roots and Bluegrass music weekend!

Stay & Play

River Falls is located just 30 minutes east of St. Paul Minnesota and about 45 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Travel by car will probably be most convenient as public transportation is not available directly to River Falls.

Beer & Wine Tasting

Don't miss our 5th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting. Sample the best beers and wines in the area and enjoy live bluegrass music by the Good Intentions. Advance tickets will be available at Brickhouse Music, Junior's Restaurant & Tap House, and the River Falls Chamber office.

River Falls Area
Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
215 West Maple Street River Falls, WI 54022
(715) 425-2533
info@rfchamber.com

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