Plans are underway for the 2013 " Great 48 Showcase Showdown". Last year was the first year of the event and served as a great opportunity for California bands to play at a CBA sanctioned event. The event was a huge success and a great time was had by all. The bands that performed all did a great job and the level of play was wonderful. The Showcase winner Rocky Neck Bluegrass from Los Angeles did a great job and represented themselves well at their performance on the Pioneer's Stage and the 2012 Grass Valley Festival.

As most bluegrasser's know The “Great 48” Hour Jam is held annually at the Bakersfield Doubletree Hotel on the weekend following the New Year. It has been preceded in past years by a Thursday night concert hosted by a Bakersfield area service club (Kiwanis) and used as a fund raiser for their local charity endeavors. For the 2013 event the Oildale Kiwanis Club will be raising funds to support the local Leukemia/Lymphoma Society chapter. The club has agreed to co-sponsor with the CBA a Thursday night event that will showcase the talents of four California Bluegrass bands each playing a 25 minute set of music. Dubbed the “Great 48 Showcase Showdown”, the evening also promises to be quite festive with lots of nice raffle prizes.

Bluegrass bands from throughout California that do not routinely tour nationally are being asked to submit their promotional materials (bios, photos, CDs, DVDs, links, etc.) to be considered as a showcase band. Three independent judges will evaluate and score the bands using a 1 to 10 point system on the following criteria: Musicianship, Vocals, Material Selection/ Arrangement, and Overall Impression.

The four bands with the highest point totals will be selected to perform at The Great 48 Showcase. Each band will perform a 25 minute set and will receive a performance fee of $500. As an added bonus, the judging panel will be present at the concert and select one band to play a set on the Pioneer Stage at the 2013 Fathers Day Festival in Grass Valley, which includes a band fee of $1000.

IMPORTANT NOTE—The selection process for the Fathers Day Festival California Showcase Bands is separate and apart from the Great 48 Showcase Showdown. The five bands chosen for the 2012 FDF California Showcase will be removed from consideration for the Great 48 Showdown. In this way, the CBA will be able to maximize the number of California bluegrass bands it's able to book in 2012

Applications for the Great 48 Showcase Showdown will close on October 31, 2012. Selections will be made thereafter with results being made available and announced by December 1, 2011. Applicants are being asked to submit three copies of their promotional material to:

Kelvin Gregory
7108 Elias
Bakersfield, CA 93308"
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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