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!
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.
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!
and Lonesome Bob
are awarded studio time at Red Caiman Studios!
The 2018 Acoustic Challenge Results Are In!
The 2017 Acoustic Challenge
"BEST SONG OF THE EVENT"!!
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:
Robinson Town Centre Store
5024 Curry Road
Pittsburgh PA 15236
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 - The Winner of this Category will be announced in October 2018.
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
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