Similar to the Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition, which was held at 10 different downtown Albany nightspots last September, a number of local and regional blues bands will perform at different venues along the Pearl Street corridor, and audience members will be able to roam from club to club listening to the bands and voting for their favorites.
An application for bands to interested in participating must be submitted by 3pm on Friday, April 6, along with two songs (mp3 files) and a promotional photo (jpeg format). Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can also mail or drop off your application in person to the BID office at 40 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207.
A panel of judges will choose contestants to perform on Friday night, and the top three performers of the evening – as judged by audience members – will win the opportunity to perform at the upcoming Alive at Five Blues Night (date TBA) at Albany’s Riverfront Park this summer.
Bands that compete in the Friday night competition will be paid $100 for their performance, and the three winners that will perform at the Alive at Five concert will be paid $500.