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"Billtown Blues Challenge"
2019 Festival Audition Concert
SATURDAY March 23, 2019
Genetti Hotel Ballroom
200 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA

Doors Open at 3:00 pm
Opening Act: TBA
Solo/Duo Competition - 4pm
Band Competition - 6pm

2018 SOLO/DUO WINNER - Chris LaRose
2018 BAND WINNER - The Gabe Stillman Band
2018 Participants
Click here for Participant Bios
Solo/Duo Competition - 4:00 pm

SOS Blues Duo with Sweeny and Sallows

Gage Avery

Chris LaRose
Band Competition - 6 pm

JP Williams Blues Band

Gabe Stillman Band

The Backyard Ponies

Benjamin Vo Blues Band

Natascha & the Spy Boys
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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.

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.
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Blues Challenge Format
There will be two separate competitions,
one for the Solo/duo catergory, 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 6:00 pm.

In fairness to ALL participating musicians, NO BALLOTS will be given to anyone after the first act has started performing,
for each competiton.
Audition Concert Voting Eligibility Rules
BBA members eligible to vote at the Festival Audition Concert are:
  - Current members with an expiration date of 07/01/19 or later as of January 1, 2019

(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.

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