The talent was through the roof at Pittsburgh's 2017 Acoustic Challenge

held at the Crafthouse Stage & Grill!  

What an event for original music!  

Results at the finals on Tuesday, September 5th

Grand Prize Winners, Chris Hannigan & Freddy Bashor
 2nd place winner, Jay Wiley

3rd place winner, Jackson Gardner 

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​​​​​Pittsburgh's Acoustic Challenge 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Winners:

Chris Hannigan & Freddy Bashor Duo!


Thank you to event sponsors:

Red Caiman Studios for donating generous amounts of studio time

Sign Creators, Inc.for donating the Acoustic Challenge banners

Shiner Bock, for donating the Epiphone acoustic guitar (3rd prize)

Also, a big thanks to our music stores, each sponsoring

a night of the preliminary rounds by donating gift cards, guitar gear, t-shirts and other goodies to the finalist of each round!

Thanks to Bob Dellaposta of My Three Kids Music, a full service publishing company with world wide contacts in the recording industry, movies and television, for offering his time to critique the "Best Song of the Event" 


Thanks to our panel of volunteer judges for their dedication to music.  Their time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Thanks to ALL the Acoustic Challenge participants for their willingness to share their amazing music with us! A great effort by The Crafthouse staff and all the sponsors created a fantastic event showcasing original, acoustic music! We will see you again next year!

​​PLUS every participant, receives a free 30-minute consultation with a Red Caiman Producer. 
AND, each preliminary round winner received a package of goodies from a local music store. 

Best Song of the Event 

Winner Receives a Complimentary Song Critique and 1-hr. Consultation

with Bob DellaPosta - Nashville Songwriter/Publisher.  www.my3kidsmusic.com/


​Cliff Eberhardt -  American folk singer-songwriter. Founding member of the Fast Folk Music Cooperative in New York City. Joined Red House Records in 1997 and has recorded five albums for the label.  www.cliffeberhardt.com

Thanks to our Sponsors:

5024 Curry Road

Pittsburgh PA 15236
(412) 653-2695

4th place winners, Day One (Brandon and Tom) 
5th place winner Bucky 

The evening ended with a terrific set by Trinity Wiseman,

the winner of the 2016 Acoustic Challenge. 

Thanks Trinity!

​​And now, here are the results of the 2018:

Grand Prize Winners (Yes, WINNERS!): Gary Prisby and Ben Nicholson

Never before have we had a TIE for the grand prize at the Acoustic Challenge.  This year the tie-breaker was ineffective and the scores were exactly the same!  Gary and Ben graciously agreed to split the cash prize and each will receive 7 hours of studio time at Red Caiman Studios!

Brian Albig received the acoustic guitar and studio time!

Sadie Freund


and Lonesome Bob

are awarded studio time at Red Caiman Studios! 


The 2018 Acoustic Challenge Results Are In!

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​​​​​The 2017 Acoustic Challenge


This year, THREE songs received the highest number of votes. ALL of these great songwriters will be awarded a

Free Song Critique by Bob Dellaposta in Nashville (http://www.my3kidsmusic.com/).

Here are the winners and their songs:
Sam Ambrose - "There, There"

Chris Hannigan - "Go Around"
Bryce Rabideau - "The Beautiful Thing"


Listen to the winning songs:

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Robinson Town Centre Store

Three Rivers Productions

  Home of Pittsburgh's Original Acoustic Challenge!

Acoustic Challenge Rules:  Each participant has 15 minutes to perform all original music.  A panel of judges, all in the music industry, will use an official ballot to select winners.  Judging is based on Song Structure, Originality, Stage Presence and Musicianship.  A small portion of the vote will be “audience response.”  *Acoustic instruments* only!  No electronic enhancements (effects pedals, etc.) permitted.  Drum equipment is limited to congas, bongos or hand drums.  Keyboards may be used on piano setting only.  

Only Acoustic Solos or Duos will be judged.  

Sound equipment (p.a. system, monitors, microphones and speakers) will be provided.   

The 2018 Acoustic Challenge is one for the History Books!

It was an amazing series with tons of excellent talent!

Outstanding songs were performed by these finalists:

Ben Nicholson came to wow everyone with his upbeat songs, distinct vocals and guitar skills

Gary Prisby brought the house down with his vibrant vocals and blues guitar licks 

Brian Albig demonstrated his originality on songs about life, "landscape" and people

Sadie Freund's voice mesmerized everyone in the room with her thoughtful songs

Lonesome Bob's powerful voice and his song's fun, funny and thought-provoking lyrics stood out

Jessa, sounding quite polished, performing her own songs for the very first time in front of an audience 

Congratulations to EVERYONE that participated!

SPECIAL THANKS to our sponsors:

The Crafthouse Stage & Grill

 Red Caiman Studio

 Full Pine Brewing Co.

 Music store sponsors:  From the Top Music, Main Street Music, Pittsburgh Guitars, Guitar Center/Robinson, and Guitar Gallery

​Thanks to our panel of volunteer judges for their dedication to music.  Their time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Without you, this showcase of all original music would not be possible. See you again next year!