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Citadel Announces ‘Rising Star’ Contest to Perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA

Citadel Announces 'Rising Star' Contest to Perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA
Tri-State Area Country Bands Invited to Compete, Deadline to Submit Entries Is July 28

GLENMOORE, PA — Citadel has announced the ‘Rising Star’ band contest returns in 2019, giving area bands an opportunity to perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA, a three-day country music festival August 23-25 in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley. For the first time, finalists will be invited to perform in a two-day Citadel Rising Star LIVE ‘Battle of the Bands’ event August 7 and 8 at Valley Forge Casino.

To be eligible, country artists must be from or frequently perform in the area’s tri-states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware. Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on July 28 to submit their video for consideration. For full eligibility rules, visit

Up to 10 finalists will be invited to perform at Citadel Rising Star LIVE, in partnership with 92.5 XTU, on August 7 and 8. This Battle of the Bands is free to the public at the Valley Beach in the Valley Forge Casino at 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406. Each night, doors open at 5:00 p.m. Battles begin at 6:00 p.m.

A panel of judges will select three winners based upon entertainment value, performance, audience appeal and marketability. Winners will be announced August 9. In addition to $1,000, each winner will perform for a day on the Citadel Rising Star Stage between main acts on the GMC Sierra Stage. Headliners are Billy Currington on August 23, Little Big Town on August 24 and Old Dominion on August 25.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the second annual Rising Star contest, giving local talent the opportunity to shine at Citadel Country Spirit USA,” said Jeff March, president and CEO, Citadel. “The entire event is a celebration of our community, so it only makes sense that we have local talent performing.”

Citadel Country Spirit USA festival features more than 20 country music artists on two stages. Last year’s event drew more than 22,000 fans. Single-day tickets, priced from $89, and Three-Day Passes, starting from $249, are on sale now at A portion of ticket sales will again be donated to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

July 28 — Deadline for Video Submissions
August 7 & 8 — Citadel Rising Star LIVE at Valley Forge Casino
August 9 — Winners Announced
August 23-25 — Citadel Country Spirit USA

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