Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition

Note: As of February 23, 2018, the Mid-Atlantic Bluegrass Band Competition has reached its maximum of twelve bands and can longer accept entries. To add your band to the wait list, please email bandcompetition@dcbu.org with your contact information; if a competing band withdraws prior to the festival, bands on the wait list will be contacted in the order their emails were received.


“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.