Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

MINNESOTA AMERICANA-ROOTS MUSIC CONTESTS

This year MBOTMA’s competitions at the Minnesota State Fair will be bigger and better than ever. The 2016 Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests will feature a vocal duet contest again this year as well as a brand-new competition – a Battle of the Bands! Both contests are limited to acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music. Professional musicians will judge the duos and bands on material selection and arrangement, instrumental and vocal performance, stage presence, and audience response. 

Congratulations to our 2017 winners!

Duet Contest:
First Place: Sherri and Chuck Leyda (Singleton Street)
Second Place: Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart (The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers )
Third Place: Bill & Kate Isles

Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks
Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks
Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks

Band Champions
First Place: New Riverside Ramblers
Second Place: Porcupine Creek
Third Place: The Lost Tracks

 

Americana-Roots Duet Contest
Friday, September 2, 3:00–5:45
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
 

On Friday, September 2nd, the Americana-Roots Duet Contest will award ribbons and cash prizes ($500/$250/$100) to the top three duos. All duos will perform two songs in the preliminary round, and the top five duos will perform one additional song in the final round.

The duet contest will consist of vocal musical performances presented by two individuals for two voices and one or two acoustic stringed instruments.

FIRST PLACE: $500 cash prize, 5 hours of studio time at the Wild Sound Recording Studio, a feature article in Minnesota Bluegrass, and a short paid set at the 2017 Americana-Roots Duet Contest, State Fair Ribbons

SECOND PLACE: $250 cash prize, State Fair Ribbons

THIRD PLACE: $100 cash prize, State Fair Ribbons

All the duos will receive a one-year band membership in MBOTMA,  and all performers will receive a contest t-shirt!

DOWNLOAD DUET CONTEST RULES (PDF)

 

Americana-Roots Band Contest
Saturday, September 3, 3:00-5:45
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
 

On Saturday, September 3rd, the Americana-Roots Band Contest, emceed by Adam Granger, will award ribbons and cash prizes to the top three bands ($1,000/$500/$250).The contest is limited to 8 bands, each with three to six members. Individuals may participate in only one band. Electric instruments are not permitted, with the exception of the bass.

The contest will consist of two rounds. Bands will perform two songs in the preliminary round. The three bands earning the highest scores in the preliminary round will perform one or two songs in the final round, depending on the time remaining for the competition.

FIRST PLACE: $1000 cash prize, a set at the 2017 Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival, a cover article in Minnesota Bluegrass, five hours of studio time at the Wild Sound Recording Studio, and a video session at Baby Blue Arts, State Fair Ribbons

SECOND PLACE: $500 cash prize, main stage set at the 2017 Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff festival, State Fair Ribbons

THIRD PLACE: $250 cash prize, State Fair Ribbons

 All the bands will receive a one-year band membership in MBOTMA, and all performers will receive a contest t-shirt!

DOWNLOAD STAGE PLOT (PDF)

 

Please Thank our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors:

Baby Blue Arts

David Vincent Guitars & Mandolins

Grant Frashier Photography

Nechville Banjos

The Podium

Wild Sound Recording Studio

Silver Sponsors

G. Edward Lutherie

Hoffman Guitars

LaPlant Instruments

Willie's American Guitars