Guitar Slinger

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Whether you shred, strum, slide or pluck, it’s time to submit your skills for the chance to win cash, scholarships and guitars at Guitar Slinger: The Ultimate Guitar Showdown, presented by Upstream Music Fest + Summit.

Four amateur guitar virtuosos ages 13 and up will be chosen to compete in front of a crowd and a panel of celebrity judges including Ayron Jones of Ayron Jones and The Way, at MoPOP’s Sky Church.

Slingers can submit to compete in four categories; Acoustic, Jazz, Blues/Slide, and Rock/Metal. Prizes include a slot to play on the mainstage at Upstream Music Fest in May 2017, a scholarship to Crown Guitar Workshop and $2,250 in prize money! The competition will be followed by a rocking show headlined by a surprise Northwest band. Submissions will close February 1, 2017.

Sixteen Guitar Slinger Performances, four slingers in each category. Slingers will be judged on musicianship, technique, improvisation and style.

Acoustic If you’re playing on an acoustic guitar, you should submit here. Styles range from the fingerstyle techniques of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel to the rich complexity of Michael Hedges. Jazz From old school jazz legends to modern If you’re playing on an acoustic guitar, you should submit here. Styles range from the fingerstyle techniques of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel to the rich complexity of Michael Hedges.

Jazz From old school jazz legends to modern fusion, if you take inspiration from Al Di Meola, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Bill Frisell or Snarky Puppy you should submit here.

Blues/Slide Down and dirty blues, the kind you perfect in a smoke-filled back alley bar. You’re a little bit Joe Bonamassa and a little bit B.B. King, with a side of Bonnie Raitt. Definitely submit here.

Rock/Metal You came to rock, and we salute you. You love whammy bars, screaming bends and Marshall stack feedback. You honed chops listening to Steve Vai, Orianthi, Jimmy Page and Slash. Go to 11, then submit here.

Grand Prize One (1) Grand Prize slinger will win a fellowship to attend in the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival, a Gibson guitar and will play on stage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit in May 2017!

Runners Up Three (3) runners up will each receive a swag bag compliments of KEXP and MoPOP and a cash prize of $750. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be a legal U.S. resident; age 13+. Ends 2/1/17 at 11:59:59pm PT.

To be selected as a finalist, must be available to perform in Seattle, WA on 3/18/17. 1 grand prize winner will get a fellowship for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival 2017, a Gibson guitar, and the opportunity to show off their skills by playing at the Upstream Music Fest + Summit in May 2017 (Total ARV: $11,500). Three runner-up winners will each receive an upstream branded swag bag (ARV: $200) and $750 cash prize.  

Find out complete list of rules over at www.guitarslingershowdown.com