KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest

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
Guthrie, OK

T-2nd Place: Kentucky Just Us
Greensburg, KY

T-2nd Place: Dixie Jubilee
Woodstock, GA

4th Place: That Dalton Gang
Lockwood, MO

5th Place: Southern Strings
Branson, MO

"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

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