The Delaware Friends of Folk
has crafted an innovative way to showcase local talent,
leveraging both their monthly Coffeehouse series as
well as the Annual Delmarva Folk Festival (now in
its 20th year!). They’re calling it the Delmarva
Folk Hero contest.
Here’s how it works.
Candidates must perform in one of the two upcoming
Delaware Friends of Folk’s Open Mic Coffeehouses,
held on July 16, 2011 and August 20, 2011. At those
coffeehouses, ballots will be distributed to the audience
(performers are encouraged to bring friends!). The
top performers from those 2 Open Mics will be Finalists
and will be asked to perform on the Main Stage of
the Delmarva Folk Festival on Friday evening, October
At that Friday evening Festival performance, ballots
will again be distributed to the audience (again,
get those fans and friends to come out and vote for
you!). The best performer will be dubbed the 2011
Delmarva Folk Hero, and will be awarded a prize package
which will include:
- $100 cash
- a longer performance slot on the Main Stage on
Saturday (the following day)
- an invitation to appear with Mark Rogers live
on the air on WSTW
93.7's Hometown Heroes show
- Recording Studio time with Digital Street Studio includes 2 hours for recording and 2 hours for mixing, editing, and mastering.
- Photo shoot with professional photographer Eric
- More prizes may be added still!
There are a few “rules and guidelines”
to be mentioned:
- Candidates should present a genre similar to
the ones typically presented by the Delaware Friends
of Folk – Folk (traditional, new, or “singer
songwriter”), Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Jazz,
New Age, World, Old-Time, Roots, Story-telling.
- Candidates should be solo through 5 performers,
with a strong preference toward fewer performers
in any act, to simplify changeovers. No drum kits,
- Ballots will be distributed for the audience to
vote for their favorite performer. No proxy, delayed,
or internet voting will be allowed – you must
be present to vote.
- The Board will review the ballots, and will use
them to help make the final programming decision
on the finalists, as well as the final winner. The
Board does not anticipate overruling the audience
vote, but reserves the right to do so.
- The Finalists will each get a performance slot
on the Friday night of the Festival. Each slot is
anticipated to be 25 minutes long, but this may
change depending on the number of Finalists chosen.
- The Finalists must be available to perform at
the designated time on Saturday in the event that
they win, or will forfeit the entire prize package.
- The Finalists will be announced here on the website & by the press in September.
So plan to get to the Delaware Friend of Folk Coffeehouse
on July 16 or August 20, and bring your friends! You
need to be there by 7pm to sign up for a performance
slot. The Coffeehouses are held at Wesley Chapel,
at Bradford & Division Streets in Dover Delaware.
The coffeehouse cost is $3 for members and $5 for