Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition

“Being a band that’s not based directly in DC, doing the Mid Atlantic Band Competition really opened up a lot of opportunities to play gigs in the DC area.” – Buddy Dunlap of Bud’s Collective

You can put your band on stage at the DC Bluegrass Festival by entering the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition! Competing bands will perform two-song sets on Saturday, March 10, 2018, with the first-place winner receiving a prize of $800, a 20 minute set later in the day, and two free hotel rooms for Saturday night! All competing band members receive festival admission for for the full Saturday schedule.

First Prize – $800, a Saturday set on the main stage, and two free hotel rooms at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel for Saturday night night
Second Prize – $500
Third Prize – $300

Please contact bandcompetition@dcbu.org with any questions.


Rules and Entry


Entry fee: $50
Click here to download the complete rules and entry form.

To enter:
To enter and pay by mail, download, print, and complete the form above, and mail it along with a $50 check to:
DCBU Band Competition c/o Regina Derzon
1429 Martha Custis Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302

To enter online and pay via PayPal, complete the form below.

Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition

  • Price: $50.00
  • Enter the name of your band as you would like it to appear in the festival program.
  • Enter the names of your band's members along with the instruments they play.
  • Enter your band's contact address.
  • Enter your band's contact phone number.
  • Enter your band's contact email.
  • If your band has a web site, Facebook page, or other online presence that you would like the band name linked to, enter it.
  • When you click "Submit", your browser will transfer you to PayPal to complete payment of the $50 entry fee. If your browser blocks popups or redirects, you may need to allow a one-time blocking exception and resubmit the form.

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