The 18th annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest will be held at Silver Dollar City on May 25, 2019.
Come to the park and watch up-and-coming Bluegrass bands from 14 different states — the most ever featured in the event — compete to win a $1,500 top prize.
Band registration for the event is now closed. Here is the list of bands that will be competing this year:
Bazemore Bluegrass Band - Bristow, OK
Blackberry Blossom Farm - Red Bluff, CA
Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass Band - Newport, PA
The Cheng Family - Edmond, OK
Chords of Grace - San Antonio, TX
Dixie Jubilee - Woodstock, GA
The Ellis Family - Pope, MS
Figuring It Out - Bemidji, MN
Hand Picked - New Athens, IL
Kentucky Just Us - Glasgow, KY
The Mahlstedt Family - Cokato, MN
Ozark Highways - Galena, MO
Paul Family Bluegrass - Trout Creek, MI
Pearlgrace & Co. - Ada, OK
Riegle Family Band - Muncie, IN
Roller Family Band - New Richmond, WI
Simple Gifts - Weatherford, TX
Tucumcari Crossroads - Tucumcari, NM
Schedule and performers subject to change without notice.
Congratulations to our 2018 winners!
1st Place: The Russell Clan
T-2nd Place: Kentucky Just Us
T-2nd Place: Dixie Jubilee
4th Place: That Dalton Gang
5th Place: Southern Strings
"Their encouragement and support of young bluegrass musicians is particularly impressive, with the annual Youth in Bluegrass band contest held in conjunction with KSMU-FM. Well done, Silver Dollar City!" — Nancy Cardwell, IBMA Executive Director 2012-14