Chilifest Battle of the Bands

Over the years, Chilifest Inc has assembled an untarnished resume of success. Every year a crowd of 35,000 strong descends on Snook, Texas for food, fun and country music.  With all proceeds benefiting the community to aid in many worthy causes, Chilifest remains in a class of music festivals of it’s own.

To give you an idea of how spectacular of lineup Chilifest often presents here’s last year’s bill: 

This year, the Chilifest committee is looking for an act to kick off Friday night’s lineup, and it could be you! That’s right, “The Chilifest Battle of the Bands” will provide one band the opportunity to join the 2018 lineup and perform in front of thousands!  

To enter:  submit a YouTube video of a live performance of an original song.  Artists may submit a solo acoustic video, a full-band video, or anything in-between. While video quality is not important, we must be able to clearly hear the vocals and music.  The contestant must currently reside, originally be from, or play a high percentage of shows in Texas and our contest will be geared towards country, Americana, roots, folk, southern rock, or any other genre you would see on the Texas music charts.  Along with the YouTube Video, contestants will be asked to submit their contact information, performance date preferences, a $20 entry fee, and their supplemental information if they have it (please refer to the “Submission Information” section located at the bottom for full entry details).

We will select 25 contestants for the BOB.  The submission deadline is 09/03/2017 at Midnight and contestants will be notified within 72 hours of their acceptance in to the BOB.   Failure to submit entry fee will result in forfeiture of their spot, and another contest will be placed in their spot.  Payment can be made through Paypal to the email address or contestants can send a check in the mail to:

Texas Music Pickers

1715 11th Street

Huntsville, TX 77340


There will a total of 5 preliminary BOB rounds, plus 1 final round all at The Tap in College Station, Texas.  The 25 contestants will be sorted equally among the 5 preliminary round (5 each) and will perform 15 minute solo acoustic sets (ALL ORIGINAL SONGS). There will be one winner selected from each of the 5 preliminary rounds, and all 5 of them will then compete in the final round.   Each show will be closed out by a full-band (not in the contest).  Bands will be announced soon.

Day of Show Schedule (x5)

9:00 – 9:15 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 1

9:20 – 9:35 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 2

9:40 – 9:55 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 3

10:00 – 10:15 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 4

10:20- 10:35 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 5

10:45 – 12:15 Full-Band (not a contestant)

12:20 – Winner is announced

*The show on 10/24 will start an hour earlier


Sept 12th (preliminary) – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – 1 act advances to the final round

Sept 26th(preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – 1 act advances to the final round

Oct 10th (preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – 1 act advances to the final round

Oct 24th (preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – 1 act advances to the final round

Nov 7th (preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – 1 act advances to the final round

November 30th (final) – the 5 winners from the previous rounds – the winner is chosen


  • All performances are solo acoustic
  • All songs played during the Battle of the Bands must be original
  • If artists exceed their 15 minute time-slot, it may result in disqualification
  • The winning artist, must be able to perform as full band at Chilifest

Judging Criteria

Contestants will be judged on:

  • Vocals
  • Songwriting
  • Musicianship
  • Stage Presence 
  • Crowd Engagement

Submission Information

The submission deadline for all entries is 09/03/2017 at Midnight.  Please submit your information to with the title “Chilifest Battle of the Bands Entry” and include following information:

Band/Artist Name:

Email address:

Phone number:

YouTube link to performance video:

Supplemental Information (Social Media, iTunes/Spotify, website, links):

*Preliminary Round dates that DO NOT work:

*If you leave this section blank, we will assume that all dates will work!

**Don’t forget to send your entry fee 


Author: Chris Fox

Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I'am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.

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