Billtown Blues Challenge
2020 Festival Audition Concert
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - More Details Coming Soon!
Genetti Hotel Ballroom: 200 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA
Doors open at 3:00pm
Solo/Duo Challenge: 4:00pm
Band Challenge: 6:00pm
Admission: $10 member/ $15 non-member
ALL BBA MEMBERS WITH CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CAN OBTAIN A BALLOT FOR JUDGING, BUT MUST DO SO BEFORE THE FIRST NOTE OF THE CHALLENGE.
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.
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Mini Mojo - 2019 Solo/Duo Winner
The Benjamin Vo Blues Band - 2019 Band Winner
2019 Solo/Duo Participants
The Blues Creakers
Jason P. Yoder
2019 Band Participants
The Becky Blue Band
A.C.'s Soul Medicine
JP Williams Blues Band
Blues on the Loose
Benjamin Vo Blues Band
The Cadillac Cats
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
There will be two separate competitions,
one for the Solo/duo category, which begins at 4:00 pm, AND
one for the Band category, which begins at 6:00 pm.
BBA members wanting to vote for BOTH Competitions or ONLY the Solo/Duo Competition must pick up their ballots before 4:00 pm.
BBA members wanting to vote ONLY for the Band competition must pick up their Band Ballots before 6:00pm.
In fairness to ALL participating musicians, NO BALLOTS will be given to anyone after the first act has started performing, for each competition.
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 audition concert, but you will NOT be eligible to vote at this event.