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oldtone Band & Instrument contests!

Hosted by Tara Linhardt

Individual Instrument Contests will begin promptly at 10 AM. Contestants should be there at 9:45 to sign in. Instrumental contestants of different instruments (guitar, mandolin, dobro, flatpick guitar, banjo, fiddle) will be mixed together on the stage going one after the other and then the Band Contests will begin immediately following the Individual Contests so should be there standing by. 

If there are spaces still available a sign-up sheet will be located at the main ticket booth when the gates open on Thursday. Ticket holders may pre-register by emailing beth@oldtonemusicfestival.com.  You must have a ticket or be a volunteer at the festival in order to participate. There are a limited number of spaces available in each category!


Contest Guidelines

*Each instrument contestant should plan to play for no more than 3 minutes. Please prepare 2 entrees, just in case.

*No electric instruments or drums.

*Instrument contestants may have one person for accompaniment.

*Remember, concepts such as tone, taste, timing, skill, and presentation will be considered in the judging. 

*Anyone participating in the contests agree that their image or music may be used in photo, audio, or video for use in festival promotion. All contestants agree to hold Oldtone Festival and its affiliates free of liability for any and all damages resulting from participation in the contest.

*We encourage contestants for both the instrument and band contests to pre-register by emailing beth@oldtonemusicfestival.com. If space allows, you can sign up when you arrive at Oldtone, but we cannot guarantee there will still be space available! 

*The Band contest will start directly after the Individual contests are finished, so pay attention to what is going on with the contests.

*Contestants should remember that contests are fun and friendly. The contest coordinator has the final say. There will be no disputes, quarrels, or arguments. Have Fun and Good Luck!

*The Oldtone Band Contest includes all band types in the one category. There are limited spaces, and each band will have 5 minutes to play. Please prepare two songs, just in case.

Band 1ST PRIZE- $100 CASH and a Main Stage set at the 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival! with artist passes for your band in 2018!

1st Runner-Up - Oldtone Festival Gift Bag

Instrument 1ST PRIZE-
1 full festival pass to 2018 Oldtone Roots Music Festival and gift bag
1st Runner Up- Oldtone Festival Gift Bag

And here are the 2016 OLDTONE Roots Music Festival contest winners:

2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Band Contest Winner:

GOLD HOPE DUO, an up-and-coming band whose Lara Hope just won the Ameripolitan Award for best Rockabilly Female Artist in 2017. Gold Hope Duo will be on the Oldtone Stage this year on Friday Afternoon.

Ruth Rappaport Band, runner up

2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Instrument Contest Winners:

Fiddle:  Ben Wetherbee (Max Rainwater, runner up)
Flatpick Guitar: Dave Bahssin
Banjo: Rebecca Jones
Dobro:  Gary Beekmann