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Billy's Belly

A Bluegrass Music Festival and Competition

Aug 19 – 20, 2017

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There is over $13,000 in prize money available
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AUGUST 19 - 20, 2017, THERE WILL BE

Thunder In The Valley!

Saturday - 8/19

8:30pm - 10:30pm

Join us for a night of music and stories around the campfire.  Music will be provided by Merry-Go-Roundup, and stories around the campfire are presented by the folks behind The General Store, a popular weekly syndicated radio broadcast heard throughout Maine and the Northeast.


Sunday - 8/20

10:00am - 10:00pm

On Sunday we have the BIGGEST bluegrass competition known to the East Coast with 43 categories of competition and well over $13,000.00 in total  prize money awarded the same day!   Categories range from Best Bluegrass Band all the way to fun ones like the
Best Bob Dylan Tribute.

Advance tickets are only $10

Tickets include the Saturday night story time around the campfire, the Sunday festival and competition, and free camping from Saturday night to Monday morning.

Tickets for just the Saturday night story time around the camp fire are only $3 each.
Children up to age 16 are admitted free.
Tickets purchased at the gate are $15.

We are the “Un-festival”

BillysBelly is the un-festival?  What do we mean by that? Well, most festivals are just for the audience, they know who is performing and everything is catered to them. This is ok if you just want a cookie cutter festival, but suppose you want something different. Suppose you want something more interesting!

Suppose you cook the same dinner every night, day after day, year after year. You cook it the same way every time. Then one day you accidently knock some spices off the shelf over the stove, maybe some saffron, turmeric, garlic, red pepper or even some basil.   WOW!   This is very different and very tasty; in fact your taste buds are dancing on your tongue.  That’s IT!!

That’s what Billy’s Belly is, its music for your senses.

What makes us different is that we are a Bluegrass music festival with the spice of competition thrown in.  It’s a festival that’s geared towards musicians, where talented artists can win some cash just for doing what they love.  And the audience gets to be dazzled by something new and exciting!

Brought to you by the heart of Billy’s Belly:
Bill, Rose, and Jasmine Owens

Play for fun, play to win, or both!

With over $13,000 in total prize money and 43 different categories to compete in, there is something for everybody.  The top Bluegrass Band prize is $5,000, second is $3,000, and third place gets $1,000, and there are dozens of other prize categories too. BillysBelly is like a summer camp for musicians, a place to network, learn hot licks, and gain stage experience if you are new. We are open to semi-professional and amateur musicians alike.




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Camping in the rough is FREE for volunteers!

For all others it is only $3. We are located in North Anson, Maine.  Wild rivers abound around the area and we are at the base of the Western Maine Mountains. The area consists of 150 acres with the festival area located in the forest amongst the tall pines.  Bring the whole family, children are free up to age 16.

Volunteer With Us

We rely on the help of our volunteers to make Billy’s Belly operate smoothly and stay fun for all!  Please consider becoming a volunteer with us by filling out the short form below.  Thanks!

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Bring your chairs and blankets and even a pick-a-nick basket BOO BOO!

We at Billy’s Belly have our social causes also.

A portion of every admission at the gate will be donated to the Maine Grain Alliance. A group of individuals in Somerset county dedicated to organically produced grains and to aid persons interested in getting started growing grains.

Learn more about the Maine Grain Alliance here


We aren’t just looking for musicians to come be a part of our festival, we are looking for sponsors who want to be a part of what we are doing as well.  Each prize category is open to be sponsored by any individual or organization that wishes to do so.  Sponsors will be featured and announced throughout the festival and can receive a sponsorship link on our website as well.

Please contact Bill Owens via phone: 410-456-2813 or email for more information and to become a Billy’s Belly sponsor!


So if you’re tired of the same ol’ same ol’ and want to spice things up, join us for some picking in the pines and great times!  We’d love to have you with us for days filled with adventures in music and nights under the stars.

Contact Us

If you have any questions please feel free to send us a message with the short form below.  Or head on over to the full contact page where you can submit us your band entry into the contest.  Thanks!

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