2018 SPONSORS

​GOLD SPONSORS
Baby Blue Arts
Wild Sound Recording Studio
​The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University

SILVER SPONSORS
LaPlant Instruments
Hoffman Guitars
Homestead Pickin’ Parlor
Tim Reede Guitars
The Guitar Shop (Rosemount)
Willie’s American Guitars

2017
Contest Results

2017 DUET CHAMPIONS
First Place: 
Mike Cramer & Brian Wicklund
Second Place: 
Green Bouzard & Michael Morris
Third Place: 
Seth Gamble & Kayla Zoltak

2017 BAND CHAMPIONS
First Place: 
The Big Dixie Swingers
Second Place: 
Tony Rook Band
Third Place: 
Mother Banjo


Competition History 2003-2017


2018 Americana-Roots Duet & Band Contests at the Minnesota State Fair

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The 2018 Minnesota Americana-Roots Music Contests take place on August 31 with a vocal duo contest and on September 1st with a band contest, 11:30 to 2:15 pm each day. Both contests are limited to acoustic groups playing Americana "Roots" music, including bluegrass, old-time, newgrass, and related music.

The contest winners will receive ribbons, cash prizes, feature articles in Minnesota Bluegrass magazine, and other valuable prizes. All participating duos and bands will receive a one-year band membership in Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association, and all participants will receive an official contest t-shirt.

Professionals from the music industry will judge the groups on material selection and arrangement, instrumental and vocal performance, stage presence, and entertainment value.

Americana-Roots Duet Contest

Limit 11 Duets
Friday, August 31, 2018, 11:30 am to 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair

Duos must consist of two people performing arrangements for two voices and acoustic instruments, at least one of which must be a stringed instrument. All duos perform two songs in the preliminary round, and the top five duos perform one additional song in the final round.

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

Limit 8 Bands
Saturday, September 1, 2018, 11:30 am to 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair

The Americana-Roots Band Contest is limited to 8 bands, each with three to six members. Individuals can participate in only one band and may not also participate in the 2017 Americana-Roots Duet Contest. Electric instruments are not permitted, with the exception of the bass.

There are four 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 the Stage Plot and Tech Request document (PDF).

3. Click the button below to register and pay.

4. Complete the Stage Plot and return as indicated on the instructions.

REGISTER FOR THE BAND CONTEST


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

info@minnesotabluegrass.org

651-456-8919     

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