Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Bands compete around a single microphone for fame and glory, as well as cash and a spot on next year’s Main Stage lineup!

How To Enter the 2024 Band Contest

2024 Schedule

Preliminary Round (12 Bands) - Saturday, July 27th

Wildflower Pavilion (Within Festival Grounds)

Final Round (Top 3 Bands) - Sunday, July 28th

Wildflower Pavilion (Within Festival Grounds)


1st Place:

$750, strings and a 2025 RockyGrass Main Stage Performance

2nd Place:

$500 & strings

3rd Place:

$300 & strings

  • Prizes awarded immediately following final rounds

Rules & Guidelines


2023 Band Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 RockyGrass band contest: The Fretliners from Lyons, CO! The Fretliners pulled a double win at RockyGrass and Telluride. They’ll be performing a full main stage set at the 52th Annual RockyGrass (July 26-28, 2024).

A hearty congratulations to all 3 of the finalists who competed on the main stage at the 2023 RockyGrass Festival:

  1. The Fretliners (Lyons, CO)
  2. Pretend Friend (Wichita, KS)
  3. ALBAND (Denver, CO)

Past Winners