SPONSORS

​GOLD SPONSORS
Wild Sound Recording Studio

SILVER SPONSORS
Silver Cranes Lutherie


2019 WINNERS

DUET CHAMPIONS

First Place: Fellow Pynins
Second Place: The UkuLadies
Third Place: Brady Perl and Toyin

BAND CHAMPIONS

First Place: Bernie King and the
Guilty Pleasures
Second Place: Harper's Chord
Third Place: Lady Spruce

Competition History 2003-2019


`<img alt="One Duet and One Band receiving their awards"`>Americana-Roots Duet & Band Contests at the Minnesota State Fair

Friday, September 3rd & Saturday, September 4, 2021
11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair


 Bigger cash prizes in 2021!

 Backstage parking passes for bands—no need to lug that bass across the Fair!

 Testimonials: see what previous contestants had to say! 

The Minnesota Bluegrass Americana-Roots Music Contests at the Minnesota State Fair once again will feature a Vocal Duet contest and a Battle of the Bands. Both contests are limited to acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music. Music professionals will judge the duos and bands on material selection and arrangement, instrumental and vocal performance, stage presence, and entertainment value.

All the participating duos and bands will receive a one-year band membership to MBOTMA and gate passes to the fair!

Americana-Roots Duet Contest

Friday, September 3, 11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Brian Wickland, emcee

Limit: 11 Duets

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline to Register: August 16, 2021

On Friday, September 3, the Americana-Roots Duet Contest will award prize money ($600/$300/$150) and ribbons to the top three duos. The first-place duo also will receive five hours of studio time at the Wild Sound Recording Studio and a feature article in Minnesota Bluegrass.

The duet contest will consist of performances by two individuals for two voices and acoustic instruments, including at least one stringed instrument. Electric instruments are not permitted, with the exception of the bass. All duos will perform two songs in the preliminary round, and the top five duos will perform one additional song in the final round. Limit 11 duos. 

There are two steps to the registration process:

1. Read the Duet Contest Guidelines (PDF). By registering, you agree that you have read and agree to the contest rules.

2. Click the button below to register and pay.


Register for the Duet Contest 

Americana-Roots Band Contest

Saturday, September 4, 11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Adam Kiesling, emcee

Limit: 9 Bands

Entry Fee: $50
Deadline to Register: August 16, 2021


The Americana-Roots Battle of the Bands will award ribbons and prize money ($1,200/$750/$500) to the top three bands. The first-place band will also receive a paid set at MBOTMA’s 2022 August Festival, a feature article in the Minnesota Bluegrass monthly magazine, and five hours of studio time at Wild Sound Recording Studio.

The contest will consist of two rounds. The nine bands will perform two songs in the preliminary round. The three bands earning the highest scores in the preliminary round will perform two or three songs in the final round, depending on the time remaining for the competition. Bands are limited to 3 to 6 members each. Individuals may participate in only one band and may not also participate in the 2021 Americana-Roots Duet Contest. 

There are three steps to the registration process:

1. Read the Band Contest Guidelines (PDF). By registering, you agree that you have read and agree to the contest rules.

2. Download and complete the Stage Plot and Tech Request Form (PDF) and return as indicated on the instructions.

3. Click the button below to register and pay.



Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416

info@minnesotabluegrass.org

651-456-8919     

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Our Mission: To preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software