Masters of Music series highlights local talent

Sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum. Masters of Music, now in its third year, is open to rockers of all genres, soloists, electronic artists and everything in between.

(The Big E)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (The Big E) –  The Big E is putting local talent on the map! The popular Masters of Music competition will be returning as part of The Big E’s 2017 entertainment lineup. The competition will be held as a special series taking place at the Fair’s newest venue – The E Stage, sponsored by Blue Chair Bay Rum. Masters of Music, now in its third year, is open to rockers of all genres, soloists, electronic artists and everything in between.

All musicians, including past Masters of Music entrants and finalists, are eligible to submit an application and enter the competition. Nine finalists will be selected out of the pool of applicants on the basis of technical ability and creativity (original music or adapted covers). The deadline to apply is Aug. 30.

During The Big E, finalists will have the opportunity to show off their skills on The E Stage, located at the Flag Plaza, inside Gate 5. A different finalist will take the stage every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. The musicians will compete to win over fans with their tunes and get votes.

Public voting will be open on The Big E’s Facebook page throughout the length of the Fair, beginning Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 1. The top vote-getting contestant will be awarded the grand prize – a $1,000 cash prize, Big E swag, an opportunity to return for a performance at The Big E in 2018 and more to be announced.

Previous competition winners include: Livio Gravini and the Free Spirit Society in 2015, and The Kings in 2016.

The Masters of Music series shows are free with Big E admission, so come and join Eastern States Exposition in supporting local and emerging artists. Vote for your favorite and help a new Master of Music rise to the top.

For more information on the competition and to apply, visit TheBigE.com/MastersOfMusic or contact us at entertainment@TheBigE.com. The application period concludes Aug. 25.

The Fair takes place Sept. 15 – Oct. 1 and will be jam-packed with food, entertainment, and so much more! For up-to-date information on fun-filled activities and events happening throughout the Fair, visit TheBigE.com, join our mailing list, or call our information line at 413-205-5115. Connect with us on social media and check out our app for the latest info, contests and more!