Bar1’s Big Break is open to legal residents of the states of Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin who are 21 years of age or older. Employees of 420½ Inc., Bar1Events, Inc., McGee’s Tavern & Grille, The Wrightwood Tap, Durkin’s Tavern, Redmond’s Ale House, Duffy’s Tavern & Grille, Maeve, and Fion Wine & Spirits and the immediate family members and those living in the same household of any of these establishments, are not eligible to enter. Contestants may not be under contract with any major or nationally known record label. We reserve the right to disqualify any contestant that is under contract that we deem to be a major or nationally known record label, at our sole discretion. Each contestant must be able to produce a valid government issued identification upon the request. and the failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification from the Competition.
Bar1 Events and Budweiser are proud to present the 9th Annual Bar1’s Big Break: Discovering Chicago’s Best, A Vocal Competition.
This year’s efforts will culminate with $20,000 in prize money for the winners of this intense 11-week singing competition, including a $15,000 Grand Prize for the Big Break Champion. During those eleven weeks, Duffy’s will be transformed from mild-mannered sports bar to the epicenter of vocal talent in the Chicagoland area. The singers, illuminated by elaborate stage design, lighting, and top notch digital musical accompaniment, will battle for audience approval as their counterparts are eliminated week by week. An in-house live video broadcast and dedicated production staff creates TV studio ambiance unparalleled in Chicago.
AUDITIONS Round 1 ~ Tuesdays, June 18 & 25
Round 2 ~ Monday & Tuesday, July 1 & 2
Round 3 ~ Monday, July 8
VOTING BEGINS Round 4 ~ Monday, July 15
Round 5 ~ Monday, July 22
Round 6 ~ Monday, July 29
Round 7 ~ Monday, August 5
Round 8 ~ Monday, August 12
Round 9 ~ Monday, August 19
FINALS Round 10 ~ Monday, August 26
Catch Big Break this summer at Duffy’s Tavern & Grille, Chicago’s premier venue for local live music.