The goal of the competition is to give bands looking to make the jump from a local or regional band to one of national recognition. It gives groups an opportunity to present to a wider audience and establish themselves as a band to be “watched and heard.” We believe that the winning band will be able to use the title of “Winner Podunk Band Competition” as a marketing tool.
The judges will spend ten minutes with each band at the conclusion of the competition to discuss strengths, weaknesses and areas needing improvement in a frank but supporting manner. We will accept only 4 bands to compete in the competition. Bands will be given an opportunity to perform twice. First as part of the competition, and then on the same day an open set of the bands choice.
All bands will receive a $400 cash prize. In addition to prize money, the Champion band will receive a pair of Telefunken M60 FET acoustic instrument microphones (or similar) valued at $1,200 and a spot on the Main Stage on Friday or Saturday at next year’s Podunk Bluegrass Festival.
Collinsville String Band
The Collinsville String Band is an experienced group of musicians who have played separately in numerous bands of varying styles for years. Based out of its name sake, Collinsville CT, its members started focusing on roots music around 2014. The band has a loyal following and performs at various local venues. Band member Seth Hagymasi’s father, Tom is a member of Last Fair Deal, a popular Ct based bluegrass band. One of the strong points of the band is their three part harmony and performance of original music.
Since 2009 Blackjack Crossing, from Keene NH, has been performing its style of bluegrass music across New England. With a strong emphasis on originals, the band respects the traditions of bluegrass but isn’t stuck in the past. From foot stomping fiddle tunes to ballads, the band incorporates elements of folk and rock to keep their music improvisational while also incorporating the bluegrass style. The band brings years of performing together into an exciting show.
In their own words Pretty Saro is an acoustic roots quartet based in Boston MA, fusing traditional styles with modern ideas to create a unique and exciting musical experience. The band is affiliated with Berklee School of Music and its members include Maxfield Anderson from Oklahoma, Alex Formento, New Jersey, Devon Gardner, Arizona and Joe Everett, Ohio.
The contemporary quartet draws inspiration from traditional bluegrass and blends it with their diverse background to create a sound uniquely theirs.
River Bones Band
The River Bones Band is a collection of musicians from Philadelphia PA, that is rooted in bluegrass, that bring a modern energy to standard Americana tunes as well as exciting original music. Their music has been described as ” old timey sound with a fresh and hip attitude”. In March 2018 they released their debut album ” Billy in the High Ground”. If you’re looking for bluegrass music with an original twist River Bones Band fits the bill.