The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will kick off its 2013 summer season with its fourth annual SPAC Battle of the Bands at 7pm on Friday, May 24, when ten of the Capital Region’s best up-and-coming bands will compete for the grand prize.
And this year the Battle of the Bands will have a different spin – there will be two winning bands, one chosen by the audience and the other selected by a panel of celebrity judges. The judges’ selection will win 25 hours of studio recording time at the Recording Company, airplay on radio station WEQX-FM and custom t-shirts and merchandise from Saratoga Statement. The audience favorite will have the opportunity to perform live at a SPAC event.
Bands interested in entering the competition are required to submit a completed online entry form and a YouTube video of original music by Thursday, May 2. From May 3-8, the public will have the opportunity to view the videos and vote online for their favorite band. The band with the most votes receives one of the 10 finalist spots; the remaining nine finalists will be chosen by a selection committee.
Previous winners in the annual SPAC Battle of the Bands are Vesper (2010), Eastbound Jesus (2011) and CRUSH (2012).
Here’s the timetable for the 2013 SPAC Battle of the Bands with the new extended deadlines (as of 9:30am on Tuesday, 4/30/13):
THURSDAY, MAY 2 SUNDAY, MAY 5: SUBMISSION DEADLINE – Bands wishing to participate must submit an online application and YouTube video by 11:59pm. Only videos with original music will be accepted. FRIDAY-WEDNESDAY, MAY 3-8 MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, MAY 6-8: ONLINE VOTING – The public will have the opportunity to view each of the band videos at spac.org
FRIDAY, MAY 10: FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – Ten finalist bands will be announced on SPAC’s website and Facebook page.
FRIDAY, MAY 24: LIVE COMPETITION – At SPAC’s Spa Little Theater, each of the 10 finalist bands will have 10 minutes to perform before a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The event is run “American Idol”-style with three celebrity judges reviewing the performance of each band following their time slot.