Fest 2016 Artist Sampler
10 Sep 2016 | Americana, Roots, Blues

Songwriter Open Mic

Win A Chance To Perform

If you are a burgeoning singer/songwriter in Coastal Virginia and want a chance to perform on stage at the festival, keep reading. ..

We have happily partnered with a few of the finest establishments that have active open mic nights to host songwriting contests. Each will be judged by a panel of esteemed area industry professionals who will be looking for YOUR original acoustic songs. One winner will be chosen from each venue to perform a 15-20 minute set of their original music on Saturday, September 24, 2016 between 7:30 and 8 pm, at the Smithfield Little Theater. This contest is a songwriting event, no bands please.

If this sounds like you please visit the following places for when and how they are running their respective contests.


Participating Venues

Monday, August 29, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Sign up time is 5:45-6:45 pm (No exceptions. No phone calls. Plan accordingly!)

Cozzy’s Comedy Club & Tavern – 757-595-2800
9700 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601

WINNER: JERRY SOWERS   ALTERNATE: MICHELLE & RICH

Thursday, September 1 – 7:30 pm

Victorian Station – 757-723-5663
36 North Mallory Street, Hampton, VA 23663

WINNER: TROY BRESLOW   ALTERNATE: JAMES WRIGHT


Open Mic Contest Rules and Guidelines

  1. Open to any singer/songwriter.
  2. Entrants must perform their orignal music.
  3. Entrants must be willing and able to perform up to 20 minutes of original music on stage at Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 between 7:30 – 8 pm in Smithfield, VA.
  4. One winner will be chosen – we need the winner’s name, email and phone number before September 15, 2016 to schedule them. Please submit by email info@aikenandfriendsfest.com or phone Amy at 757-635-0240.
  5. Winner receives a slot to perform at the festival and 2 Weekend Passes to all the festival events concerts Friday and Saturday nights at the Smithfield Little Theatre.
  6. No bands – solos and duos only.
  7. Winners will be selected by the venues who will consider creativity, songwriting ability, crowd response and performance quality.
  8. Questions please reach out to:
    (757) 635-0240
    info@aikenandfriendsfest.com

Thank you. Good luck! We look forward to your participation.