French Lick Resort Launches $10,000 Country Band Challenge

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Midwest destination to host talent contest throughout May & June; entries can be uploaded to YouTube

French Lick, IN -- The next big country music band just may have French Lick Resort to thank in their GRAMMY® acceptance speech. The Midwest destination is putting out the call for groups to enter the $10,000 Country Band Challenge. This month-long battle of the bands will give country acts the chance to compete for the $10,000 cash prize.

Bands are encouraged to submit a CD or DVD to the resort with a photo or to upload a video onto YouTube.

The deadline for entries is April 24 and the 16 finalists will be announced on April 29. The finalists will perform live on the casino stage for 30 minutes on weekends May 22-29. Fans and supporters, 21 and over, are encouraged to be at the casino during the performances since bands are judged by crowd applause until the final round.

The eight top bands will move on to round two and will perform again on June 5-6. The four semi-finalists will all compete on June 12. The competition will come full circle when the final two groups perform live in front of a panel of judges on June 13.

For the finale, the groups will put on a live show at the resort. Just like Kenny Rogers, Lee Ann Womack, and Clint Black (concert is on May 30) came before them, these finalists will have a chance to strut their stuff on the French Lick stage. This special performance will be in the Sports Center.

Preliminary round performances are free for casino guests. Tickets for the final showdown are $10 and may be purchased at the Hoosier Sugar Company in the French Lick Springs Hotel, on Ticketforce or at the door the night of the show.

To enter groups may send a CD or DVD and photo to:
French Lick Resort
10k Country Band Challenge
8670 W. State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432

Or, simply upload a video to French Lick Resort's Country Band group page on YouTube:
Fans can follow all the action on the resort's Facebook page and through Twitter updates.

Important Dates

April 24
Deadline for entries

April 29
Finalists Announced

May 22, 23, 24 &29
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
First group of bands perform live at casino

June 5-6
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Round two, eight bands perform live at casino

June 12
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Four semi-finalists will compete live at the casino

June 13
10 p.m.-midnight
Final two bands battle it out in front of the judges for the title and $10,000 cash prize

For complete contest rules, please visit For help with planning your trip to French Lick Resort please call our reservation specialists at 888-936-9360.

French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick (opening Spring 2009); two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Media Contacts
Dyan Welsh
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort


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