Youth Blues Band Competition

Pikes Peak Blues Community and A Music Company Inc. are holding a competition, seeking a youth band to perform at Blues on The Mesa, a music festival.

What are we doing?

The Pikes Peak Blues Community has again partnered with A Music Company Inc. to bring Blues on The Mesa music festival to Colorado Springs. Last year’s event was a great success and this October 1st will return to Gold Hill Mesa once again. It will take place from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM and feature both national and local Colorado blues artists, food and beverage vendors, as well as a variety of artisan’s from around the Pikes Peak Region.

Pikes Peak Blues Community is holding a competition, seeking a youth band to perform during the intermissions between headlining performers. This is a unique opportunity for youth bands between 12-18 yrs of age to perform on stage to a festival audience. We are seeking your help getting the word out to our young future artists about this event.
Bands should be able to or have the potential to perform 3-4 ten minute sets of music. The PA and mics will be provided. All other instruments and equipment will be the band’s responsibility.

How are we doing it?

Bands will submit their application. (See Below) They will compete at a location to be determined where they will play a set of assorted Blues Songs not to exceed 15 minutes in length. A panel of judges will determine the winner based on criteria used in the International Blues Competition. (Judging criteria is listed at the bottom of this page.)

What will we need for the competition?

The backline, (guitar amps, drums, microphones, PA) on the day of the competition will be provided. Bring your instruments, pedal boards and extra cables etc. as needed.

For the festival the winner will need to provide their own amplifiers, cables etc. as needed. Microphones, stands and PA will be provided.

Have more questions? Call John Stoesser 847-910-7599, or you may email us at:

How do we enter?

Complete the following application and submit it by May 31st, 2022.

How will we be judged?

Rules and Judging Criteria
Courtesy of The Blues Foundation



Blues Content: The sound and feel of the music should be true to any of blues' sub-categories: traditional blues, country blues, soul blues, blues rock and/or contemporary blues. Judges will be listening for inspired and original song selections or new takes on blues standards. Creative reach is encouraged.

Originality: Original work is encouraged. Cover tunes are allowed but playing the recorded rendition lick by lick is discouraged, will not be looked upon favorably by the judges, and will be reflected in scoring.

Acts must indicate if their songs are their own original material (this can be done at the start of the set or before each song as appropriate) and/or identify the covers that they are playing and acknowledge the originator.

Vocals: The act's vocal skills to include concepts of tone, musicality, meaning, and expression.

Instrumental Talent: Ability level on all instruments featured within the act.

Stage Presence: The ability to command the attention of the audience by the impressiveness of one's manner and appearance on stage. Judges will consider how an act connects with and engages the audience in the music. Proper use of microphones and amplification will be considered.


Judges will score acts on a 10 point scale, with 10 points being the highest score received and 1 point being the lowest. The following weights will be used in calculating final scores:

  • Raw scores for Blues Content will be multiplied by four
  • Raw scores for Originality will be multiplied by three
  • Raw scores for Talent and for Vocals will be multiplied by two
  • Raw scores for Stage Presence will be multiplied by two

The maximum Total Weighted Score/judge that an act may receive is 130.