Podunk Band Competition Sponsored by


Our wonderful friends over at Telefunken host this amazing event.

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  “Winner of the 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 will have an open set of the band’s choice.

Audience members can vote for Fan Favorite at the Trading Post!


2024 Contestants in Alphabetical Order:

Bloodroot Gap


J.M. Clifford Band




The Tenderbellies


Click Here for the Band Competition Information and Application Form

For More Information Email Contest Coordinator Jim Perry – HERE


2023 Winners-Cole Quest and the City Pickers

To find the competitors from previous years – Click Here!


 TELEFUNKEN’s Live From The Lab YouTube channel hosts four sets

from the 2021 Podunk Bluegrass Festival.

 Click Here to Watch the Competition