Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret to Host the Thousand Dollar Sing-Off

With genres including Pop, Musical Theater/Broadway, and Jazz, contestants can win up to $1000. Audience voting and judges' ranking determine the winners.

By: Apr. 24, 2024
Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret to Host the Thousand Dollar Sing-Off
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The Thousand Dollar Sing-Off is Chicago's newest talent contest, produced by Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. The Sing-Off will consist of three 3-week competitions, and each will focus on a different genre:

Pop: May 1st/8th/15th, Musical Theater/Broadway: June 5th/12th/19th, Jazz: July 10th/17th/24th

Each week, three judges will award a $1000 first prize, $500 second prize, and a $250 third prize. These competitions will take place in the back room of Davenport's, all beginning at 8:00pm. May's competition is hosted by Daryl Nitz & George Howe with 3 judges. June and July's competition will be hosted by Daryl Nitz & Andrew Blendermann, also with 3 judges. Admission is $10 for both audience members and participants. Singers will receive a voucher for one drink. All other audience are encouraged to purchase drinks with their servers.

Winners are determined by audience voting, judges' ranking, and participants' talent fit for an upcoming Davenport's Showcase. May's winner will be cast in a June 28 show "Soul Sisters: An 80th Birthday Party for Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight." June's winner will be cast in an August 25th show "When Kander Met Ebb: Celebrating 60 Years of Friendship." July's winner will be cast in a September 6 & 7 show "Sarah & Dinah: A Centennial Celebration."

Of the 3 first place winners for each month's competition, the judges will also choose one to receive their own Davenport's backroom showcase for each genre of Pop, Broadway, and Jazz, in addition to their spotlight in the above showcases.

Visit the Davenport's website https://www.davenportspianobar.com/sing-off for all of the details and rules.

Submission Guidelines:

Contestants should submit a video clip of one whole song, not to exceed four (4) minutes, to 1ksingoff@gmail.com. Singers may perform with a karaoke track, live accompaniment (including self-accompaniment), or even a cappella.

Singers should also include the following information in their submission email:

First and last name, Pronouns, Age, City, Performance resume or summary of performance experience Genre (pop, Musical Theatre, jazz) - if submitting for multiple genres, please submit a separate video for each song title. File labeled with full name and song title, e.g. "Daryl Nitz - I Will Survive."

Contestants will be notified via email whether they will be participating and which day they are scheduled to perform. They should then purchase a ticket for their performance date on Eventbrite.

Contest Rules:

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis until the maximum of 20 singers have signed up for each week's competition. Winners (1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) can participate in multiple months/genres but not more than once in the same month (i.e. a first-place winner in week 1 of the Pop category can participate in the jazz category but not in week 2 of the Pop category).

Singers who don't place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any given week may resubmit for future weeks (in the same month or another) as long as the 20-singer threshold has not been reached.

Each week's competition is limited to 20 singers, and submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until the 20 slots have been filled. Submissions for all three genres are open immediately.

Visit DavenportsPianoBar.com/Sing-Off for all information.


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