Band Competition

Thank you for your interest in entering the Band Competition. We will open the application beginning the the fall until the last week of April 2020. Please check back soon for the application. Everyone who entered will be notified one way or the other. Finalists will be drawn by the second week of May 2019.

Participation in NWSS Band Competition has become a highly regarded showcase for up-and-coming and well established bands alike. Nearly all of our competitors have gone on to successful national touring careers. We encourage everyone who has song writing and instrumental talents to consider entering the NWSS Band Competition, whether or not you have tour history in the PNW market/region. While we encourage you to enter, we take all entries very seriously and ask that you enter with intention to participate. We understand touring artists life and schedules, we also understand that bookings happen well in advance, yet one of the first qualifications we impart is to determine if you are free on the weekend of the event. If you are booked we will likely disqualify your entry. Our selections do not occur until early May, which should provide time to book the date if you are not selected as one of the four or five finalists. If selected there are likely more playing opportunities at the event, possibly for pay as well although nothing is promised. We appreciate all the hard work and heart that is put into making music and it shows through very vividly!

Our 2019 Finalists are- Please help congratulate:

Varelse – Portland, OR

Band of Comerados – Portland, OR

Good Morning Bedlam – Minneapolis, MN

Julie & The Wayves – Portland, OR

One Way Traffic – St. Louis, MOCONGRATULATIONS – Our 2019 Band Competition Winner!

And our VOTE IN artists (one to be chosen by fans to come to NWSS):

Never Come Down – Portland, OR

The Pine Hearts – Olympia, WA

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band – Alameda, CA

One Way Traffic – St. Louis, MO

 

Previous Winners Include:

2019 Winner: One Way Traffic
2018 Winner: Five Letter Word
2017 Winner: Talbott Brothers

2016 Winner: Ginstrings
2015 Winner:John Craigie
2014 Winner: Left Coast Country
2013 Winner: The Lil Smokies
2012 Winner: Betty & The Boy
2011 Winner: Windy Hill
2010 Winner: Pert Near Sandstone
2009 Winner: Jessica Kilroy
2008 Winner: Head For The Hills
2007 Winner: Flat Mountain Girls