Citadel Announces 'Rising Star Contest' with Battle of the Bands 2-Day Event

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Citadel has announced the ‘Rising Star’ band contest will return in 2019.

Bands from the Tri-State Area Will Compete to Perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA (CCUSA) 

EXTON, Pa., July 8 2019 — Citadel has announced the ‘Rising Star’ band contest will return in 2019, giving area bands the chance to perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA. In addition, for the first time, the final bands will be invited to perform in a 2-day Citadel Rising Star LIVE ‘Battle of the Bands’ event held at Valley Forge Casino August 7-8.

The contest will award three artists or bands the chance to perform on the Citadel Rising Star stage at Citadel Country Spirit USA August 23-25 in addition to $1,000. Each artist or band that wins will perform two sets between Main Stage acts, which include headliners Billy Currington (Friday), Little Big Town (Saturday), and Old Dominion (Sunday). This year, the contest is open to acts from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware. To view the full lineup, visit

One winner will perform Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday. In order to be eligible, the country artists must be from or frequently perform around the area’s ‘tri-states’ (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware). For full eligibility rules, visit Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on July 28 to submit their video to be considered.

“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 Rising Star LIVE, in partnership with 92.5 XTU, will be a two-day ‘Battle of the Bands’ style event held at Valley Forge Casino August 7-8. Each night, the doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the ‘battles’ will start at 6:00 p.m. The events are free to the public and will be at the ‘Valley Beach’ in the Valley Forge Casino at 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406.

Citadel Country Spirit USA is returning to Chester County for the second year from the producer of Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival. Last year’s event drew more than 22,000 and drove $3.5 million to the local economy. This year’s event features more than 20 country music artists on two stages including headliners Billy Currington, Little Big Town, and Old Dominion.

Single-day tickets, priced from $89, and Three-Day Early Bird 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.

The GMC Sierra Stage lineup and schedule is available at For more information about the Citadel Rising Star Local Band Contest, visit

Abigail Brooks
(610) 466-6896 

About Citadel Credit Union

Citadel Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that provides banking, investments, and insurance services to more than 260,000 members. At $5.9 billion in assets, it is one of the Greater Philadelphia area’s largest credit unions, proudly serving residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Citadel is recognized as a Forbes 2022 Best-in-State Credit Union, a 2023 Faces of Philanthropy Award recipient from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and a certified 2023 Great Place to Work. For more information, visit

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