6 String Showdown

June 23, 2019 · Doors open at 6:00 pm

6 String Showdown

The 6 String Showdown is a blues guitar competition developed for musicians, by musicians. The goals of this competition are threefold, the final result being the crowning of The Best Blues Guitarist in Southern California. In 2018 the New Blues Festival introduced the biggest blues guitar event of the summer. A successful series of regional head-to-head competitions to crown Southern California’s best all-around blues guitar player on the Main Stage of the New Blues Festival in Long Beach. Now, the guitar celebration of the year is back!

Presenting 6 String Showdown Season Two

Always keeping sight on the event’s primary mission “to promote the future of the blues in all its forms by showcasing, supporting and providing a platform for the finest blues players on the scene,” Season One laid a solid foundation. “I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a learning curve,” said Media Director Rick Snyder. “But we had a great team who never lost sight of what we did well and what we could do even better the next time. After the event last year we reached out to all of the participants and asked how we could improve their experience. We’ve implemented changes based on that feedback.”

The dream starts here!

On April 27 this year the NBF comes to Huntington Beach! On Sunday April 7, sixteen guitarists will face off at Campus Jax in Newport Beach to determine two regional finalists who will play for the right to move on to NBF Huntington Beach. There on the Big Top Stage they will go head to head to determine who will represent Orange County in the semi-finals at New Blues Festival Long Beach.

On May 26 the Los Angeles County Regionals will take place at Joe’s American Grill in Burbank. Hosted by noted promoter Grandstand Jam it’s filling up quickly so reserve your spot now.

The Kern County Regional Event is scheduled for Sunday June 9 at Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield. Thanks to new sponsor Notorious Entertainment, as an added bonus, the winner of that Regional will be provide with a slot at the Kern River Bud-Light Rock and Blues Fest in Kernville.

Our final regional competition, the combined San Diego County/Inland Empire event with take place on the Ramona MainStage on Sunday June 23. If you have not been to this excellent new venue, you’re in for a great blues experience.

The Competition

This is a head-to-head, elimination style competition. Contestants will be judged on three categories: Technical Merit, Presentation, and Audience Response. While the competition takes center stage, promoting the blues, in all of its forms is also a primary goal. That is why the competition is structured so that all competitors must be well-versed in the various styles of the blues, as they won’t know which they will be called upon to play until they are actually on-stage. Playing the blues is more important than shredding! Want to get the best marks from the judges? Play the blues!

After the four Regional Finalists are chosen, they will meet face-to-face on the stages of the New Blues Festival in Long Beach. The festival, which takes place on Labor Day weekend, will be our host for the Semi-finals and Finals. The semi-finals will take place on the first day, on the Golden Groove Stage. Then, on the following day, the last two players standing will face off on the Main Stage, where a winner will be crowned!

The Rewards

Each Regional contestant will receive professional photographs provided by our staff photographers, a professional video provided by Casey Reagan of musicUcansee.com. The Long Beach Blues Society will provide one year of free membership.

The winners of the Regionals will each receive a guitar ring from Jewelry by Designer Darren Simonian, a G7th Performance 2 capo with the 6 String Showdown logo laser etched into it.

The grand prize winner of the 6 String Showdown will be crowned the Best Overall Blues Guitar Player in Southern California and receive a $5000 prize package similar to that given in Season One.

It is also a primary goal of 6 String Showdown to act as a showcase for ALL of our competitors. 6 String Showdown is committed to promoting all contestants and events across all social media platforms, not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and, when available, radio, podcasts, webcasts, e-blasts and streaming media. Our Media Team is available to help provide PR, publicity and other events to maximize contestants’ exposure.

Created by musicians, for musicians! We understand that musicians are not rolling in the dough. The nominal fees entry fees ($50) go to covering operating expenses. We pay our house bands. We pay our judges. We give our volunteers and interns a small stipend. We pay our guitar players to showcase in the Cavalcade. Then, we search far and wide to offer our contestants generous prizes and the best Media Coverage in the business!

Please contact us for more information.

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