California Showcase Band Procedure
The California Showcase (CS) is an opportunity for California-based, non-fulltime, and non-professional Bluegrass, Old-time, and gospel bands to play on the Pioneer and Main Stages at the CBA Grass Valley Father’s Day Festival.
BAND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
- All bands submitting to CS must be California-based, non-touring bands, who have not been a CS band for the previous 3 years.
- Bands should send submissions in mp3 format to the California Showcase Coordinator at [email protected].
- Each submission shall contain three songs, at least one of which is a slower number.
- To preserve judging neutrality, video and CD submissions will not be accepted.
- Submissions must be received by no later than September 1.
- A volunteer panel of CBA members will evaluate “blind” the entries and the coordinator will submit the compiled results to the CBA board for selection.
- Bands may simultaneously submit to both Vern’s Stage and CS, according to the guidelines of each stage.
JUDGING PANEL GUIDELINES
- Volunteer panel members will listen to and score “blind” the submissions.
- Panel members should be literate in both Bluegrass, Old-time, and gospel music and not be members of any submitting band.
- Coordinator will play submissions in random order for the panel.
- Panel will rate each band numerically on their individual evaluation sheets according to the Coordinator’s instructions.
- Coordinator may not vote.
- Coordinator will collect all evaluation sheets and compile results; results will not be shared with the judging panel.
- Board selects five bands and two “backup” bands at September meeting.
- Panel scoring is presented to CBA board at the September meeting – the board will make the final selection of the bands.
- CBA Entertainment Coordinator alerts the five bands.
- Allow one week for bands to commit.
- If a backup band(s) is necessary, allow another week.
- Immediately notify Vern’s Stage coordinator and all Area VPs which bands were not confirmed.
- This schedule will afford Vern’s coordinator a minimum of 30 days to consider the bands not confirmed, should they decide to apply for Vern’s Stage.