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


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2019
Contest Results

2019 DUET CHAMPIONS

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

2019 BAND CHAMPIONS

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

Competition History 2003-2019


2019 Americana-Roots Duet & Band Contests at the Minnesota State Fair

Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31, 2019
11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair

NOTE: As of 7/26/19, both contests are full!  However, we are keeping wait lists in case cancellations occur. Please sign up using the link below and we will contact you should an opening become available.

Our competitions at the Minnesota State Fair are back and it's easier than ever to participate! This year, we are offering backstage parking passes to every band that registers – no need to lug that bass onto the shuttle or across the Fair grounds!

The Minnesota 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, gate passes to the fair, and discount coupons to an event at The O’Shaughnessy!

Americana-Roots Duet Contest

NOTE: As of 7/26/19, the duet contest is full with a total of 11 duets registered. However, we are accepting duets for the wait list. Please sign up using the link below and we will contact you should an opening become available.

Friday, August 30, 11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Brian Wickland, MC
Limit 11 Duets, Entry Fee $20
Deadline to Register: August 12, 2019

On Friday, August 30th, the Americana-Roots Duet Contest will award cash prizes ($500/$250/$100), ribbons, and pairs of O’Shaughnessy tickets 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. Entry Fee $20. Please review the complete Contest Guidelines (download PDF) before you register.

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.

SIGN UP FOR THE DUET CONTEST WAIT LIST

Americana-Roots Band Contest

Saturday, August 31, 11:30 am – 2:15 pm
West End Market Stage, Minnesota State Fair
Adam Kiesling, MC
Limit 8 Bands, Entry Fee $50
Deadline to Register: August 12, 2019

NOTE: As of 7/13, the band contest is full with a total of 9 bands registered. However, we are accepting bands for the wait list. Please sign up using the link below and we will contact you should an opening become available.

The Americana-Roots Battle of the Bands will award ribbons, cash prizes ($1,000/$750/$250), and pairs of O’Shaughnessy tickets to the top three bands. The first-place band also will receive a paid set at MBOTMA’s 2020 August Festival, a feature article in Minnesota Bluegrass, five hours of studio time at the Wild Sound Recording Studio, and a video session at Baby Blue Arts.

The contest will consist of two rounds. The eight 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. Limit 8 bands, each with 3 to 6 members. Individuals may participate in only one band and may not also participate in the 2019 Americana-Roots Duet Contest. Entry fee $50. Please review Contest Guidelines (download PDF) before you register. Download the Stage Plot/Tech Request PDF and turn it in by the registration deadline (August 12, 2019).

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 the Stage Plot and Tech Request Form (PDF), fill it out, and return as indicated on the instructions.

3. Click the button below to register and pay.

SIGN UP FOR THE BAND CONTEST WAIT LIST



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