Guitar Slinger: The Ultimate Guitar Showdown

Compete for the chance to play Upstream Music Fest 2017.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Whether you shred, strum, slide, or pluck, it’s time to submit your skills for the chance to win cash, scholarships, and guitars at Guitar Slinger: The Ultimate Guitar Showdown, presented by Upstream Music Fest + Summit.

Four amateur guitar virtuosos ages 13 and up will be chosen to compete in front of a crowd and a panel of celebrity judges including Ayron Jones of Ayron Jones and The Way, at MoPOP’s Sky Church.

Slingers can submit to compete in four categories: Acoustic, Jazz, Blues/Slide, and Rock/Metal. Prizes include a slot to play on the main stage at Upstream Music Fest in May 2017, a scholarship to Crown Guitar Workshop, and $2,250 in prize money! The competition will be followed by a rocking show headlined by a surprise Northwest band. Submissions will close February 1, 2017.

Sixteen Guitar Slinger Performances, four slingers in each category. Slingers will be judged on musicianship, technique, improvisation, and style.

• Acoustic 
• Jazz
• Blues/Slide
• Rock/Metal

One Grand Prize slinger will win a fellowship to attend the Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival, a Gibson guitar, and will play on stage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit in May 2017! 

Three runners up will each receive a swag bag compliments of KEXP and MoPOP and a cash prize of $750. 

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Date and Time

March 18, 2017



MoPOP (formerly EMP Museum)
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info

$12 adults; $10 youth

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Presented by Upstream Music Fest + Summit in partnership with MoPOP and KEXP:



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