Battle of the Bands

We are now accepting applications for the 1st Annual Poke Salat Festival Battle of the Bands.

Please note: the deadline to apply has been extended. Voting will take place April 22 - May 4.

The 1st Annual Poke Salat Battle of the Bands is now open for registration! The top three bands will win cash prizes and perform at the Poke Salat Festival on Friday, May 17, 2019.

The details:

  • Any band can register and participate in the contest IF the performance is family friendly, and IF the band can commit to performing at the Festival on May 17, 2019.

  • Musical performance can be from any genre: Jazz, Country, Pop, Cover band, Rock, Classical, Gospel, etc… as long as it is family friendly.

  • Bands will perform a one hour set at the Festival. Third place winner will perform at 4:30 pm, 2nd place at 6 pm and the winner will perform at 7:30 pm.

  • The Festival will provide the sound system and lights for the performances.

  • Cash Prizes are $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd. In the event of a tie, the cash prizes for the two places tied will be combined and then halved between the two bands and order of performance will be drawn at random.

  • Registration is open March 16, 2019 through midnight April 20, 2019.

  • Applicants will provide a link to an online video of a current performance by the band. The video must be at least 1 minute in duration.

  • Online voting will take place Monday, April 22 - May 4th.


  • Beginning April 22nd, the public may vote for the band of their choice by clicking “like” on that band's video link. A vote will be counted each time a person “likes” the video of a band. A “like” must be on the original post on the Poke Salat Festival Facebook page. No other “likes” on any other post will be counted.

  • Voting will end at 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time, on May 4th, 2019.

  • Because of inconsistencies that could occur on different views of Facebook, the official count will be what shows on the computer of the Poke Salat Planning Committee at midnight, May 4th.  No exceptions.

  • The winning bands will be announced on May 5, 2019 and contacted to confirm performance information for the Festival.

  • No preaching, political statements or profanity are allowed during a performance. Performances are required to be family friendly. Violations could result in the band being removed from the stage.

After the contest is open for voting, please share as much as possible. The more people you get to vote for your band, the better chance of winning!!

To register your band, or if you have questions please email or call 256-200-5270.


34th Annual 

Poke Salat Festival

May 18-19, 2018

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