The Ultimate Cincinnati Band Competition

Cincinnati’s Next Big Band is for Cincinnati’s up-and-coming bands. Every Thursday – all summer long – the bands go head-to-head competing to be “Cincinnati’s Next Big Band”.

Created & hosted by:

Rick's Tavern & Grille

What is CNBB?

Learn all about this one-of-a-kind band contest at Rick’s Tavern & Grille.

Who Can Compete?

Read the rules and requirements to see if your band is eligible to compete.

How to Sign Up?

Submit the CNBB Sing Up form to have your application reviewed by the contest admins.

Where & When?

List of all upcoming events for this year’s competition – including weekly winners as they happen.

It’s just you, the music, and the crowd.  What can you do?

What It Is

Cincinnati’s Next Big Band begins June 6th, 2019 and will run every Thursday evening after that for 8 weeks. (Including a semi-final & finals week) The contest is set up to allow 3 different bands play each night of the competition and are then critiqued by a 3 judge panel that will ultimately choose a winner each week. The winners are allowed to move into a semi-final/final playoff at the end of the competition.

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Who Can Compete

The Cincinnati’s Next Big Band contest is open to anyone who is in a band, owns their own equipment, is not currently under contract, and has the desire to make it. There are no music genre restrictions, no age restrictions, and no geographical restrictions.

Read the Rules

Think you got what it takes?  Get up on stage and prove it.

Get Signed Up

Give us some info and we will review and qualify your band for stage time- be sure to give us as much information as possible

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Where & When

Ricks Tavern & Grille is the locations and it begins on June 6, 2019.  It will run every week (Thursdays) until the final competition.

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It’s not just about the music, it’s also about the friends, family, and fans who cheer you on.