Welch, WV


 Pickin’ on the Porch” has been a tradition in the mountains of West Virginia for generations.  WV Coalfields Cookoff hopes to bring our musical roots to each attendee and showcase the musicians that makes WV, Wild and Wonderful!  Live music in a variety of genres will be available all day at the WV Coalfields Cookoff!

Battle of the Bands 

The Band competition begins at 1:30pm. If there are still spaces available on the festival day, you may register on site at least 30 minutes before the contest starts.  Advanced Registration is $20 per band and your space is guaranteed.  Onsite registration is $25 and will be available on a first come first serve basis.


Awards include an invitation to play a set at the 2023 (pending it occurring) Festival, a $300 cash prize and bragging rights!


Band Competition Rules 

  • Bands may play music from any genre but will be judged as one class based on the criteria below.

  • Each Band will play two songs and will not exceed 15 minutes in their total state time.

  • Different bands may have no more than one common member.


Bands Score in These Categories

  • 30% Material Selection (taste, difficulty, authenticity/originality...)

  • 20% Instrumental Performance (includes ability of soloists and overall instrumental blend)

  • 20% Vocal Performance (lead and harmony)

  • 30% Stage Presence


Band Competition Prizes

  • 1st Place: $300

  • 2nd Place: $200

  • 3rd Place: $100


Registration ends 30 minutes before the beginning of the contest. Contest begins at 1:30pm, sound will be provided. Contestants must be present no less then 30 minutes before the beginning of the contest to be eligible. The order of contestants will be decided randomly before the competition. No less then three judges will decide the winner and judges’ names will be made public.  


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