The Bad Oats are a classic country, bluegrass, and Americana band based out of Nashville. The band formed in early 2019 and since then has performed at festivals and stages around the country. The Bad Oats is a young string band that specializes in fresh and innovative arrangements of contemporary and classic material. Their repertoire includes music from a vast range of genres, covering artists all the way from Bill Monroe to Billy Joel, to Billie Elish, as well as a lovely catalog of original songs.
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 band’s wide taste in music, ability to jam, and impeccable instrumentation will keep you coming back for seconds.
2019 FAN FAVORITE
From the Boston, Mass area, its members bring a diverse musical background including training in classical violin and switching 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.
2018 WINNER & FAN FAVORITE
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 its diverse background to create a sound uniquely theirs.
2017 WINNER & FAN FAVORITE
Mama’s Marmalade Amherst MA. High String Reunion Band- Boston MA. The Kory Brodsky Band- Newtown CT.
2016 Fan Favorite
Colebrook Road, Camp Hill, PA
2015 Fan Favorite
Michele Canning and Rough Edges, Andover, MA
2014 Fan Favorite
The Zolla Boys
2013-No Festival Held
Winner: Three Tall Pines, Boston, MA
Fan favorite: Parsonsfield (Poor Old Shine), Storrs, CT
Other bands who competed in 2012:
Winner: Travers Chandler and Avery County, Nashville, TN
Fan favorite: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys, Albany, NY
Other bands who competed in 2011:
Winner: Katie Wilson and the Two Time String Band, Connecticut
Fan favorite: Chasing Blue, Boston, MA
Other bands who competed in 2010:
Winner: The Packway Handle Band, (Athens, GA)
Fan favorite:Hoe, (CT)
Other bands who competed in 2009:
Broken Blossoms (Boston)
The Liberty Bluegrass Band (Wisconsin)
Mason Porter (PA)
Winners: Gold Heart, Virginia
2008 Fan Favorite Winner: 49 Fingers, CT
Other bands who competed in 2008:
The Dewayn Brothers, KS
Adirondack TrueGrass, NY
Hillbilly Water, NJ
Winner: Joy Kills Sorrow, Boston, MA
Fan Favorite: Blue Trail, CT
Other bands who competed in 2007:
Blue Detour, NY
Jaded Mandolin, MA
Long Ryde, PA
Redstone Ridge, CT
Tripping Lily, MA