Finalists
We Selected our 5 Finalists! Please watch their audition videos below, see additional finalist content on our Facebook page through September, watch the LIVE performances on October 5th and 6th, and of course, vote for your favorite!!
Lyle Sheets
"Love to entertain and make people happy with my music" Great Falls, Montana
Sip 'n Dip Lounge Music Bar Hopeful!
Eric Lowell Bartz
"My love for lounge songs/jazz started 20 years ago. I've been unironically learning and performing these songs throughout my adult life. I have the right attitude and the requisite skill set to successfully merge the kitsch of the lounge and my integrity as a musician into a charismatic lounge singer" Great Falls, Montana
Sip 'n Dip Lounge Music Bar Hopeful!
Joel Corda
"This is the best job in the world! New people, new experiences in a legendary, world reknowned, award winning lounge" Great Falls, Montana
Sip 'n Dip Lounge Music Bar Hopeful!
Johnny Ritchie
"I want to be your next piano player and lounge singer because I feel Great Falls is headed towards a massive economic boom and I would like to be on the front lines of the music scene to help build a community that encourages closer collaboration for musicians and business owners" Great Falls, Montana
Sip 'n Dip Lounge Music Bar Hopeful!
Melissa Smith
"I'm a born performer and have been on stage since the age of six. My performances have ranged from the concert hall to the saloon to the private salon, and the Sip 'n Dip Lounge is the logical next step for me" Great Falls, Montana
Sip 'n Dip Lounge Music Bar Hopeful!
Finalists Audition Videos!
Random order presented - be sure scroll through & view all the Finalists videos!
Meet Our Judges
County Music Superstars Aaron and Thea Tippin head our all-star Judges Panel!
Aaron & Thea Tippen
Judges
Singer and Songwriter Aaron Tippin has been “doing” music in Nashville for decades. Thea Tippin, a native of Great Falls, is a singer and songwriter. She has co-written top hits with Aaron.
Guest Judge TBA
Judge
Sandy Thares
Judge
General Manager of the Sip ‘n Dip, Sandi has been involved with the Inn for over 29 years.
Jim “Sarge” Sargent
Judge
A friend of the Sip ‘n Dip for years, Sarge has a radio and performing background. He’s seen many stars stop into the Sip ‘n Dip over the years.
Vote for Your Favorite Finalist!
Vote for One!
Favorite Sip 'n Dip Music Bar Finalist!
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Resident Sip 'n Dip Music Bar Contest Schedule
July to October, 2021
July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
Submit your application and video to the Sip! through August 25, 2021
Submit application to the Sip 'n Dip Lounge
If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to Sandi at 406-454-2141 or at omi@mcn.net.
August 25, 2021
August 25, 2021
All applications and videos are due by 5pm on August 25, 2021
Submit application to the Sip 'n Dip Lounge 
If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to Sandi at 406-454-2141 or at omi@mcn.net.
September 2, 2021
September 2, 2021
The Sip will notify Finalists


Watch the website for information on the finalists! 
October 5 and 6, 2021
October 5 and 6, 2021
Finalist Perform Live for Judges
October 8, 2021 
October 8, 2021 
Our Winner's 1st official performance at the Sip 'n Dip Lounge
The Winner is ....
October 9, 2021 and beyond!
October 9, 2021 and beyond!
The Sip 'n Dip Music Bar is open for your entertainment!
Come visit the Sip 'n Dip Music Bar featuring ....  
Remembering Piano Pat Sponheim
Sip 'n Dip Lounge
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 17 7th St South
Great Falls, Montana 59401
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