BIG HORN MOUNTAIN
Americana, Folk, Old-Timey,
& Traditional Music
July 20, 21 & 22,
2017 Band Scramble Rules & Information
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
learn new tunes, and entertain the fans. It’s also a ton of fun for
that get to hear great music while gaining a greater appreciation of
really good these pickers are.
We want to make it fun and keep it simple so there are only a few rules
should cover pretty much everything, but if not, Bill Bradshaw is
designated the arbiter of all controversy (he’s of loose moral
how it'll work.
- The Band Scramble is
again FREE this year!
- An electric bass is OK,
but otherwise only acoustic
can be used (the usual suspects like guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin,
dobro, spoons, washboard, zither, bones, kazoo, etc.).
- Contestants must have a
for the day of the contest. We’ll post the winners on our
so they will be famous.
- The contest will be
held on Stage #2 in the Community
starts at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 13th and has to end by 5:15 pm.
Names of contestants will be drawn from John’s big old-timey hat in
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
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 mike that
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
are. Bluegrass, old-timey, folk, or other related genres are
(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
or three songs. Everyone wants to know who you are, so try to
in an introduction of everybody.
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
there’s no accounting for taste anyway.
We are no longer holding our contests as in years past.