Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (Sa)
- The Hot Flashes (F)
Beyond the Music
Song Writers Competition - The annual song writing competition is over by the time the festival arrives. Information about entering and judging is contained here. The winning song from the previous year is presented to each band in the band contest. They must each arrange the song and present it as part of their half hour show. Among the judging criteria is an assessment of their success in achieving this. Meanwhile, composers of the top three songs win tickets to the next year's Podunk Bluegrass Festival and a cash award.
The Voice of Podunk Kids provides an opportunity for young people ages 7 to 17 to sing in a vocal contest for a cash award. Singing can be done in any genre with accompaniment by only one instrument. There's a $5.00 entry fee with a limit of ten contestants. There's more information here.
Podunk Bluegrass Kids' Academy has been a valued adjunct to this festival since the beginning. Young musicians, ages 7 - 17 can get individual and group instruction while preparing for the Kids' Academy performance on Sunday morning. Kids' Academy provides young musicians with a structured activity under the direction of experienced bluegrass musicians while also keeping them busy for a couple of hours a day. Kids programs at festivals across the country provide an entry level experience for many future bluegrass enthusiasts. The instructional staff is drawn from members of the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance.
Podunk Bluegrass University under the leadership of Dean Tony Watt, has been offering classes in playing bluegrass instruments calling upon of some of New England's best known and most accomplished musicians. The classes last 2 1/2 hours on Saturday afternoon, meeting in small groups (maximum of nine people) usually the teacher's camp-site. The level of expertise is between beginner and intermediate picker. You can get further information, see the answers to questions you might have and access an application form here.
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