Bands to battle it out at SPAC

SPAC will host a \Battle of the Bands competition as part of its extended season. On Friday, May 21, at the Spa Little Theatre, 10 finalists will compete before a live audience and local judges to win a pretty sweet prize pack--a professionally recorded five song EP and airply on radio station WEQX as well as 100 custom t-shirts, 1,000 custom stickers and placement of their name and logo on SPAC's Web site until the end of the year.

"It's an exciting opportunity for us to further diversify our programming with up-and-coming artists from our area, and a great opportunity for the participants as well who will have the chance to perform at a world-class venue that has hosted the biggest stars from the classical and contemporary worlds," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's president and executive director.

The 10 finalists who will perform on May 21 will be chosen via a YouTube audition video and online entry form available at www.spac.org. All bands who apply will be listed on SPAC's Web site starting on Friday, April 16. Voting will be allowed through April 18.

The "local celebrity judges" are Debbie Gabrione, guitarist and lead singer of Ten Year Vamp, a power pop/rock band based in Albany that has opened for Lifehouse, Gavin DeGraw, Natasha Beddingfield, Simple Plan, the Spin Doctors and others; Matt Baumgartner, owner of Bombers restaurants in Albany and Schenectady and Wolff's Biergarten; and Jason Irwin, host of the award-winning local music show EQX-Posure! which features one full hour of the areas finest talent.

Bands interested in participating can visit SPAC's Web site at www.spac.org to submit an online entry form and YouTube audition video. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 14. Tickets will go on sale for the event April 21. There is no entry fee to participate. If selected for one of the 10 finalist positions, bands must agree to purchase 25 tickets at $15 each, which can then be sold or given away to fans, friends and family.


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