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 has established itself as one of Texas’ top music festivals.

To give you an idea of how killer Chilifest is, here’s last year’s promo video:

You can find more info on Chilifest here:

This year, the Chilifest committee is looking for an act to add to Friday’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 2020 lineup and perform in front of thousands!

To enter:  submit a YouTube video of one live full-band performance of an original song. While video quality is not important, we must be able to clearly hear the vocals and music.  The 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 videos, contestants will be asked to submit their contact information, performance date preferences, a $20 entry fee, and their supplemental information if they have it. In order to enter you’ll need to fill out the form below.

We will select 20 contestants for the BOB.  We will pick bands to compete the week before each round, but the sooner you submit your video the better!  *In order to be eligible to compete in the first week’s competition, please submit your video by the Saturday(9/7) at Midnight  Failure to submit entry fee will result in forfeiture of their spot, and another contestant will be placed in their spot.


There will a total of 4 preliminary BOB rounds, 1 semifinal round, and 1 final round all at The Tap in College Station, Texas.  In the the preliminary rounds and semi-final round artists will be allowed to have a side-player and an additional microphone, or can choose to play solo/acoustic; how each act chooses to use (or not to use) the two microphones and two instrument inputs is completely up to them.  The final round will be full band. The 20 contestants will be sorted equally among the 4 preliminary round (5 each) and will perform sets consisting of 3 songs (2 originals and one cover). There will be one winner selected from each of the 4 preliminary rounds, and those 4 artists, plus 1 wild card will compete in the semifinal where they will once again perform 2 originals and a cover with a side-player (side-player is optional).  Two artists will then be selected to advance to the final round where they will play a 30 minute full band set .   Each show will be closed out by a headlining act (not in the contest). The headlining bands will be announced after each round.

Day of Show Schedule for Preliminary Rounds and Semifinal Rounds

9:00 – 9:15 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 1

9:15 – 9:30 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 2

9:30 – 9:45 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 3

9:45 – 10:00 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 4

10:00- 10:15 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 5

10:30 – 12:15 Full-Band (not a contestant)

The winner will be announced the following day on Chilifest’s social media pages.

Day of Show Schedule for Final Round

9:00 – 9:30 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 1

9:45 – 10:15 Chilifest Songwriter Contestant 2

10:30 – 12:15 Full-Band (not a contestant)

12:30 – Winner is announced


Sept 12th (preliminary) – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – with choice of side-player and/or additional microphone – 1 act advances to the semifinal round – Deadline to enter 9/7

Sept 24th(preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – with choice of side-player and/or additional microphone- 1 act advances to the semifinal round – Deadline to enter 9/14

Oct 8th (preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants – with choice of side-player and/or additional microphone -1 act advances to the semifinal round – Deadline to enter 9/28

Oct 17th (preliminary)  – 5 Chilifest BOB contestants –with choice of side-player and/or additional microphone – 1 act advances to the semifinal round –Deadline to enter 10/5

Nov 5th (semifinal)  – 4 preliminary winners and 1 wild card – with choice of side-player and/or additional microphone – 2 acts advance to the final round

November 21st (final) – the 2 winners from the semifinal rounds – full band – the winner is chosen

Judging Criteria

Contestants will be judged on:

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

Submission Information

Bands will be notified the week before of their acceptance into that particular round.

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.

1 thought on “Chilifest Battle of the Bands

  1. Thank You for keeping Chilifest in the news..I’m the “Chilifest Mom” — a nickname I gained 20 some odd years ago.. I have helped run this great event for 27-28ish years now.. There is now a picture of me transformed onto the wall at Chimmy’s in College Station.. They dedicated their update to this fabulous event.. Volunteering is a MUST in everybody’s life.. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment — well — other than your family and dear friends!!

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