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The contest submission period ends August 15 at 11:59 p.m. The judges will review each entry and announce a winner on August 25. THE JUDGES Joseph Kwon is a South

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The contest submission period ends August 15 at 11:59 p.m. The judges will review each entry and announce a winner on August 25. THE JUDGES Joseph Kwon is a South

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The contest submission period ends August 15 at 11:59 p.m. The judges will review each entry and announce a winner on August 25.


joe kwon image Joseph Kwon is a South Korean-born cellist from High Point, North Carolina who currently resides in Raleigh, NC and is the active, pacing, screaming cellist for NC-based touring band, The Avett Brothers. Joe has been playing the cello for 25 years and has had extensive training in classical music as well as being a touring cellist for over a decade. Joe’s passions run deep, not only in music, but also in food, and the culture that surrounds it. He documents his tour life and food finds on his blog tasteontour.com.

kate mcgarry image With 5 critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. McGarry has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz Baltica. Kate currently lives in Durham North Carolina with her husband, guitarist Keith Ganz. The couple are celebrating 10 years of musical partnership with their first live duo recording, Genevieve and Ferdinand, which was released by Sunnyside Records in February 2014.

dave rose image Dave Rose is the president of DSE Music Group International, parent company for Deep South Entertainment, Rose & Rose Business Management, Oak City 7, and Tennessee East Artist Management. Rose has been guiding and developing the careers of multi-platinum artists for more than 20 years. Rose is the author of Everything I Know About the Music Business I Learned from my Cousin Rick: The Musician’s Practical Guide to Success, which appeared on several Amazon charts and was met with critical acclaim. He currently resides and works in Raleigh, N.C.


One winner will receive:

  • Two VIP passes to either Hopscotch Music Festival or PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival (see details below)
  • Three-night stay (hotel TBD)
  • $150 meal/travel card
  • $100 shopping gift card to a Greater Raleigh Guitar & Music Store or Vinyl Record Store of the winner’s choice (winner will shop for equipment or music when attending either festival)



GRCVBOurStateContest1Discover for yourself why North Carolina’s capital city is the state’s hottest live music destination. From big-budget touring productions to free, weekly music festivals, Greater Raleigh’s got the most live music of any destination in North Carolina.

So much live music, in fact, that you can experience a whole summer of Music Mania! Check out visitRaleigh.com/musicmania, your one-stop source for great information, calendars showing the hottest live music events, including Hopscotch Music Festival and Wide Open Bluegrass, and more in Greater Raleigh this summer.

Enter to win the singer/songwriter contest—if you win, you can choose to receive two VIP tickets to one of our state’s biggest music festivals, held in Raleigh:GRCVBOurStateContest2

Hopscotch Music Festival (Sept. 4-6): Recently racking up accolades from The Huffington Post and Rolling Stone, this three-day festival features more than 160 bands and music in almost every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic and more. “Hop” around to popular music venues around downtown Raleigh to check out bands and take in the whimsical and wild festival atmosphere. Headliners this year include Spoon, St. Vincent, Mastadon, De La Soul and more.

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass (Oct. 3-4): If bluegrass moves you, experience the event that moves bluegrass music. Part of International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass week, the annual bluegrass music homecoming and conference, GRCVBOurStateContest3Wide Open Bluegrass is a two-day festival, open to the public, that includes a free street festival with multiple stages and two ticketed Fri. and Sat. night shows at Red Hat Amphitheater. Headliners at the ticketed concerts include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with Bruce Hornsby, Del McCoury Band with special guests, Hot Rize, Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Wide Open Jam featuring Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan and more!

This story was published on Jun 25, 2014

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