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Event Dates Singer Song Writer 2016:

June 13-Thunderbird Cafe

June 27-James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy

July 11-Excuses Bar & Grill

July 25-The Abbey on Butler St.

August 8-Nied’s Hotel Bar (outdoor show)

August 22-Hambone’s Pub

Finals – September 12-Elks Lodge North Side

To Register:

Email with your name, phone number, and preferred performance date. It is not necessary to send a demo of your song; and although priority will be given to your preferred performance date, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis – so sign up today! *Must be 21 years old to enter contest.

Event Description:

During the events listed above, performers will have 5 minutes to play 1 original song in front of a live audience. Three winners from each preliminary event will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of two members from WYEP; and will advance to a final competition on September 12, 2016.

Songs must be original, written by the performer, and performed live. No recorded tracks will be accepted for use during the competition. Each venue will have all the equipment necessary for you to perform – all you need to bring is your preferred instrument. If you do not play an instrument, you may bring 1 person to accompany you. However, this competition is intended to be for solo performances, so if you bring an accompanying artist, she/he is expected to be the only instrumentalist and not providing back-up vocals. With that being said, songs sung a capella are absolutely welcomed!


Songs will be judged on the basis of originality, overall performance, style, and crowd engagement. The two judges at each event will choose the artist that she/he best fits the criteria stated above. A third finalist, the “crowd favorite” will be selected by popular vote by the audience. The more votes you have, the better your chances of moving on to the final round: so bring your friends!