15th Annual

Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
Bluegrass & Traditional Music
July 19, 20 & 21, 2019
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Buffalo, Wyoming
e-mail: info@bighornmountainfestival.com
Band Scramble
2018 Band Scramble Rules & Information
Band scrambles are a lot of fun for everyone involved. It’s a great way for amateur and professional musicians alike to have fun playing with new folks, learn new tunes, and entertain the fans. It’s also a ton of fun for fans that get to hear great music while gaining a greater appreciation of just how really good these pickers are.

We want to make it fun and keep it simple so there are only a few rules that should cover pretty much everything, but if not, Bill Bradshaw is hereby designated the arbiter of all controversy (he’s of loose moral character). 

Here's how it'll work.

  • The Band Scramble is again FREE this year!
  • An electric bass is OK, but otherwise only acoustic instruments can be used (the usual suspects like guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, dobro, spoons, washboard, zither, bones, kazoo, etc.).
  • Sign up for the Band Scramble at the hospitality booth located on the south side (back) of the lawn for the Main Stage. Contestants must have a festival ticket for the day of the contest. We’ll try to post the winners on our website so they will be famous.
  • The contest will be held on Stage #2 in the Community Building. It starts at 4:30 pm on Saturday, July 21st and has to end by 5:45 pm.
  • Names of contestants will be drawn from John’s big old-timey hat in time to give the newly created bands at least two hours to practice and come up with really cool names (usually the hardest part). That means we’ll close registration at 1:30 pm on Saturday and draw the names at 2:00 pm.  Gather at the beer wagon for the drawing.  It’s right in front of the main seating area by the merchandise booth.
  • Mr. Bradshaw more or less randomly determines who plays when.
  • Sound equipment will be provided but it may be a single mic that people will have to play around; just like the old time folks did it.
  • Each band will perform two or three tunes depending on how many bands there are. Bluegrass, old-timey, folk, or other related genres are acceptable (please, let’s not argue about this, you know what we mean). Medleys are fine and will count as a single selection, but please be mindful of our time limits and other performers, and don’t drag them out forever. Please include at least one vocal selection regardless if you play two or three songs. Everyone wants to know who you are, so try to work in an introduction of everybody.
  • The audience is the judge and the best audience response (applause, hoots, joyful screaming, fainting, etc.), determines the outcome. Stage presence and overall impressions are critical and the best sounding or fastest band may not necessarily win. What the heck, we all know there’s no accounting for taste anyway.

We are no longer holding our contests as in years past.
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