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.



Grain Thief

From the Boston, Mass area, it’s members bring a diverse musical background including training in classical violin and switch to old-time fiddle, a saxophonist who joined the band to play mandolin and even a member who played electric bass in a heavy metal band with a transformation to upright bass.  After working on some acoustic arrangements to prepare for a one-off show the band started showcasing acoustic roots music in folk, bluegrass and old time music.  After adding additional members this five piece band never looked back.



The Plate Scrapers

The Plate Scrapers originated in Western Maryland and are a four piece string band performing traditional bluegrass and old time tunes topped off with a helping or their own original material.  The bands wide taste in music, ability to jam and impeccable instrumentation will keep you coming back for seconds.



Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band is a Connecticut based all acoustic group which plays traditional standards and entertaining classics.  They have performed in various configurations and in their own words “reconstituted in 2017 with several new musicians”.  The band is know for its tight harmonies, heart felt vocals and a positive attitude with the goal to always have fun.



Switch Factory

Switch Factory hails from the Litchfield CT area and its members have found a common musical language.  Bluegrass is the bands foundation but they also have backgrounds in folk, blues and jam band tunes.  They have performed on a regular basis at the Saltwater Grill in Litchfield and have also graced the stage of the Warner Theatre and Infinity Hall.




To find the winners from previous years – Click Here!