2012 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition


On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival presents the 12th Annual Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition. The always-popular event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon during the Festival's Blues for Breakfast concert held at Telluride Elks Lodge, 472 W. Pacific Ave. For a nominal fee, take in solo performances by Acoustic Blues Competition finalists while enjoying breakfast, bloody marys, mimosas, and a full cash bar. Sunday's Blues for Breakfast also features Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen.

The Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition seeks talented, aspiring musicians who excel in the blues music genre to participate in the event. The contest is open to any solo acoustic performer who is not currently signed to a record label or publishing deal. The competition invites six finalists to perform two songs (original or blues standard) at the breakfast. The musicians will be judged on presentation, use of instruments, vocals, and overall live performance. In addition, each competitor is asked to perform a third blues standard song selected by the judges.

The winner of the 2012 competition receives a $300 dollar cash prize, and a custom acoustic "Dobrato" resophonic guitar valued at $1,200, courtesy of Castle Creek Guitars in Gunnison, Colorado. And, more importantly, the winner will also be given the opportunity to perform a musical set on the Festival's Main Stage on Saturday evening after the Grand Tasting. The runner-up receives a cash prize and a Godin Guitar. All finalists receive a commemorative tee shirt, a Three-Day Festival pass, and a $25 gift certificate to Telluride Music Company, located at 201 East Colorado Ave.

For more information about Telluride's Acoustic Blues Competition, please click here.

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