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Sanctuary Showdown music competition is back starting Sunday

For original music artists looking for a cool place to play — plus a shot at cash and recording time — the return of a major opportunity is this weekend in Montgomery.

Yes, the Sanctuary Showdown is back at The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St. Sunday from 4-7 p.m. is the first of three monthly qualifying rounds to make it to the finals in April. It’s open genre, so perform what you want, as long as it’s yours. If you don’t make it into this Sunday’s lineup, don’t worry. They have rounds on Feb. 19 and March 19, before the final show in April.

The Sanctuary Showdown music competition starts this week in Montgomery.

For audience members, it’s pretty simple. Just show up and have fun. It’s an all-ages show, and it’s free to get in. Plus, you get to vote for your favorite acts to push them toward the finals.

Along with the music, they’ve also got treats:

  • Funky Forte’s food truck will be there.
  • There will be Girl Scout cookies for sale Sunday and Feb. 19.
  • Expect other treats like popcorn and candy, and maybe even grilled cheese.
  • The Sanctuary will have a bar running with both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

Sanctuary Showdown began in 2019, and saw its first winner in Nashville singer-songwriter Kegan Ferrell — who would go on to compete in season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Thomas Bowers of Montgomery, frontman for “Sea of Fog,” won in 2020. He used his prize money toward a full length record, which is currently being mixed and mastered, and is expected sometime later this year.

How voting works

Artists will be allowed to vote in this competition, but can’t vote for themselves.

Audience members will also be voting. If they really want their votes to count, they should stay for all the performances for the opportunity to double them.

How to sign up to compete

So you want a shot at cash and recording time from Technical Earth Recorders?

Sign up online at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-sanctuary. There’s a $5 refundable deposit to save your act’s spot in the showdown.

The competition is original music only, and artists each have 15 minutes to do between one and three songs. You must check in at The Sanctuary at least a half hour before your performance time.

The link for signing up for Sunday’s showcase is still active, so you might be able to squeeze in. There may also be a sign up sheet on site Sunday if spots are available.

For more information, call 334-245-4546.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel covers things to do in the River Region. Contact him at sheupel@gannett.com

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