CONTEST: 2014 Telluride Blues Challenge

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 Booking 6 Sonicbids bands

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Play your way to the main stage of the 21st Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival! 

The Opportunity

The Telluride Blues Challenge presented by the Telluride Blues Society seeks talented solo/duo musicians who excel in the Blues genre.

The top 6 entries chosen are invited to play at the festival's "Blues for Breakfast," held at Telluride Elks Lodge from 9 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, September 13th. Each competitor is expected to perform 20 minutes.

Who Can Enter?
Solo/Duo - any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric & acoustic instruments are allowed.

The Band

Please DO NOT submit band demos, as the judges will not know
how you sound as a solo/duo competitor. Instead, please submit 2 clean recordings.

  • Blues musicians only
Open to:
  • Any blues act with 1 or 2 musicians (including vocalists)
  • Electric & acoustic instruments


  • A Martin guitar
  • 20 Min. side stage set to perform at the 2014 Festival
  • 60 Min. set on the Blues Stage at the 2015 Festival
  • $300 cash prize

Runner Up

  • $200 cash prize
  • A performance slot for the 2014 "Blues for Breakfast" event, Sept. 14, 2013.

All 6 competitors will receive a 2014 Festival T-Shirt, a 3-Day Festival Pass, & a $25 gift certificate provided by Telluride Music Company

The Gig


  • 20-minute set
  • No loop machines
  • Contestant order will be randomly assigned
  • Recommended time limit for each song is 5 minutes
  • Musicians are judged on use of instruments, vocals, & overall performance.