The Regionals

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The New Blues Festival and 6 String Showdown are committed to providing a fair and impartial blues guitar competition.

Bracket Rounds

  • The first 20 fully registered guitar players in each region will be selected to participate in the regional bracket rounds. Each bracket round will pit individual players head to head in one of two regional single elimination faceoffs.

 

  • The house band will play 12 bars of the chosen style in the chosen key to begin. Each competitor will play rhythm and accompany the house band. Each competitor will then have one complete turnaround (12 bars) to solo on their own followed by two complete turnarounds (24 bars) of back and forth head cutting (4 bars each back and forth). Our Judges will then decide upon a winner for that bracket. All decisions of the Judges are Final.  

 

Regionals

  • The bracket round winners will be randomly paired for the second round of competition by having their names pulled from a hat by our Judges.  We will select the pairings for the third round in the same manner.

 

  • Each second and third round competitor will adhere to this format: 
  • The house band will play 12 bars of the chosen style in the chosen key to begin. Each competitor will play rhythm and accompany the house band. Each competitor will then have one complete turnaround (12 bars) to solo on their own followed by two complete turnarounds (24 bars) of back and forth head cutting (4 bars each back and forth). Our Judges will then decide upon a winner for that bracket. All decisions of the Judges are Final.  
  • The last two contestants at the end of the third round are our champions and will move to the Semi-Finals on the Golden Groove Stage at the New Blues Festival.