Billtown Blues Challenge
***AUDITION CONCERT POSTPONED***
Due to the growing concerns regarding COVID-19, and the potential health consequences of our patrons, the Billtown Blues Association is postponing its annual Audition Concert which was slated for this Saturday, March 14th at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport. The event will be rescheduled when conditions are indicated.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Genetti Hotel Ballroom: 200 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA
Doors open at 3:00pm
Challenge begins at 4:00pm
Admission: $10 member/ $15 non-member
A Note to Past Judges: The SOLO/DUO & BAND Audition Sets are no longer separated, but rather alternated throughout the evening. To participate as a BBA judge, you MUST obtain your ballot, which will include ALL of the performing musicians, before 4pm. Doors open at 3pm. No ballots will be issued once the first act begins.
ALL BBA MEMBERS WITH CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CAN OBTAIN A BALLOT FOR JUDGING, BUT MUST DO SO BEFORE THE FIRST NOTE OF THE CHALLENGE.
The winning act in each category will have a confirmed spot on the 31st Annual Billtown Blues Festival stage, be eligible for the 37th Annual International Blues Challenge in 2021, and have an opportunity to be a featured performer at Destination Blues in 2021 and The Exchange Listening Room in Bloomsburg during 2020.
2020 Event Lineup Includes
Roar and Jangle (solo/duo)
Kevin Hyatt Band (band)
Noaker-Combs Duo (solo/duo)
INTERMISSION (30 Min)
The Cadillac Cats (band)
Jason P Yoder (solo/duo)
Becky Blue & the Brand New Review (band)
2020 Audition Lineup Gallery
Click each image for details
About The Audition Concert
The Billtown Blues Challenge Festival Audition Concert is held every Spring to determine the opening act of the Billtown Blues Festival. Acts are chosen by the BBA audition committee to compete for the coveted position from applications submitted from top local and regional BLUES performers.
Working blues performers interested in participating should fill out and mail in an Application. The winning acts not only will play our Festival, but are also eligible to submit for acceptance in the International Blues Challenge talent competition sponsored by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN as representatives of the Billtown Blues Association, in addition all winners are invited to perform at Destination Blues and/or the Listening Room in Bloomsburg, projects of The Exchange.
Click here for more details on the IBC and eligibility criteria.
The participants will be judged and the winners determined by all eligible voting BBA members in attendance at the Audition Concert (see below for voting eligibility rules). Eligible BBA members can pick up their ballots at the Audition Concert, at the table at the entrance to the Genetti ballroom.
These concerts began in 1993. Check out our archives for more information on the history of this event and past participants and winners.
Blues Challenge Format
The SOLO/DUO & BAND Audition Sets are no longer separated, but rather alternated throughout the evening. To participate as a BBA judge, you MUST obtain your ballot, which will include ALL of the performing musicians, before 4pm. Doors open at 3pm. No ballots will be issued once the first act begins.
Audition Concert Voting Eligibility Rules
BBA members eligible to vote at the Festival Audition Concert are:
• Members with an expiration date in the current year.
(Reminder: BBA membership year is July 1 to June 30 of the following year, regardless of when you joined or renewed your membership during the calendar year.)
New and renewing memberships will be accepted the day of the audition concert, but you will NOT be eligible to vote at this event.