Contest information and Rules

April 14th, 2018
Check-in/Registration, 2:00 p.m.
Location - Junior's Bar and Restaurant
Lower Level of The Campus Inn, 100 Spring St. River Falls, WI
Contest 2:30 - 4:30

River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Music Festival – Band Contest

  • Contestants are required to use one stage mike (large capsule)  for the preliminary and final rounds of the band contest.
  • No more than 6 bands will be registered for the band contest.
  • Bands may consist of 3-6 members.  The music should be “Bluegrass,” “Old Time,” “Western Swing,” or “New Acoustic/Newgrass.”
  • No electric instruments or pickups allowed, with exception of electric bass Only one mic will be provided for each band.
  • Each band plays 3 songs in the preliminaries and 3 songs in the finals.  
  • A repeat of songs played in the preliminary round is not allowed in the finals.
  • Bands entering the contest may have no common members.

Bands Score in These Categories

  • Material Selection (taste, authenticity/originality). More points for playing a simple tune well than a difficult tune poorly) 1 2 3 4 5 
  • Performance (overall instrumental blend, tuning, originality) 1 2 3 4 5 
  • Stage Presence (energetic, engaged, playing to the audience) 1 2 3 4 5 


1st 300.00 + Recording Session at Velvet Brick Studios at Brickhouse Music

2nd 200.00 + strings

3rd 100.00