A! Magazine for the Arts

Gathering In the Gap Announces Instrument/Band Competition

March 14, 2023

The “Gathering in the Gap” Music Festival offers an opportunity for area musicians to test their skills in a variety of musical competitions. Performers can compete in old-time and bluegrass divisions and on multiple instruments. Competition categories include mandolin, guitar, bluegrass banjo, old time banjo, bluegrass fiddle and old-time fiddle. There will also be a category for a band competition, for which there must at least be three members and at least two different types of instruments. For each of the categories, participants are divided into age groups, 17 and under and 18 and up, except for the band competition. Cash prizes and certificates will be presented to the top three participants in each individual category (firstplace - $100, secondplace - $50 and thirdplace $25) and to the top participant in the band competition category ($500). Additionally, all participants under the age of 18 will be awarded a certificate for participation.

Each contestant must fill out a registration form on the day of the festival. Registration fee is $10 for the first instrument and $5 for the second. Bands will pay a $15 registration fee. Payment will be taken at the registration booth. For more details and rules/criteria for any of the competitions, call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322 or emailswvamuseum@dcr.virginia.gov.

Tickets for the Gathering in the Gap Music Festival are available through the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. Festival admission for adults ages 13 and over is$15 Early Bird rate (available through March 31), or $18 Advanced Sale rate (if purchased after March 31) and $20 if purchased the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission. To purchase tickets, call the park at 276-523-1322. You may also purchase tickets in person at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park during regular operating hours or online atwww.gatheringinthegap.org.