Citadel Announces ‘Rising Star Local Band Contest’ For Citadel Country Spirit USA

Citadel Rising Star Contest

Citadel is hosting a local band contest for rising stars to perform at Citadel Country Spirit USA.

Three Local Bands Will Perform at Country Music Festival Featuring Nation’s Top Country Artists

EXTON, Pa.— Citadel has announced the launch of a local band contest for rising stars to perform at the first-ever Citadel Country Spirit USA. The “Rising Star Local Band Contest” will award three artists or bands the chance to perform on the Citadel Rising Star stage at Citadel Country Spirit USA.

Each artist or band that wins will perform two sets between acts on the Main Stage. One winner will perform Friday, one Saturday, and one Sunday, August 24-26. In order to be eligible, the artists must be from or frequently perform around the Greater Philadelphia area. For full eligibility rules, visit Contestants have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on June 8 to submit their video to be considered. 

“Citadel is hosting this contest to recognize local talent from the Greater Philadelphia area. As a community-based organization, it is important to have these rising stars represented at Citadel Country Spirit USA,” said Jeff March, president and CEO, Citadel. “Our goal is to give local talent the opportunity to shine at this spectacular event.” 

Citadel Country Spirit USA, being held at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley, features more than 20 country music artists on two stages. The festival features headliners Alabama, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley.

Citadel Country Spirit USA comes to Chester County from the producer of Country Summer, Northern California’s biggest country music festival. Hosted by the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB), thousands of fans from across the nation are projected to attend. The venue has a capacity of 15,000 daily. 

The Main Stage lineup and schedule is available at

Single-day tickets, priced from $79, and Three-Day Early Bird Passes, starting from $219, are on sale now at Ticket prices will increase on June 1. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

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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