The RITZ Ybor and The Orpheum will conclude their joint battle of the bands competition called the 7th Avenue Band Slam on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at The RITZ Ybor with a Beyonce'-themed Finale. Four winners from the weekly Semi-Final along with this year's Judges' Pick will all compete by performing 2 original songs, and 1 cover song by multi-platinum superstar Beyonce'. This year's competing bands are Artilect (Semi-Final Week 1 winner), Stonegrey and Supros (Semi-Final Week 2 winners, tie), One Mile Final (Semi-Final Week 3 winner), and The Best Day Ever (Judges' Pick). Audiences will decide the winner of the 7th Avenue Band Slam 2014.
At this year's weekly Semi-Finals at The Oropheum, fifteen bands competed against one another to win a spot at the August 30th Finale at The RITZ Ybor where on band will will the Grand Prize: $1,500.00 cash, a design and digital distribution package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, a rehearsal and live sound package courtesy of The Burb Rehearsal Studios, Radiant gas cards, future paid gigs including a Live at Aloft performance, and much more. The Grand Prize is valued at over $4,000.00.
A 7th Avenue Band Slam judging panel will offer commentary at the Finale. This year's judges will include Grant Brandell (with sponsor Symphonic Distribution, Grammy-nominated bassist with Underoath), Ray Roa (contributor to tbt, Tampa Bay Times, Creative Loafing, and Suburban Apologist), Jerry "Lazy" Dufrain (talent buyer and owner of The Orpheum), and more.
The 7th Avenue Band Slam Finale is open to all ages. Tickets are $5.00 (in advance) and $10.00 (at the door). Tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com, and from any participating band. Doors to the event will open at 6pm, and the show will start at 7pm. Last year's Ultimate Bands Series winner, Dropin Pickup will also perform.
Sponsors of the 7th Avenue Band Slam include Three Olives Vodka, Desperados Beer, The Radiant Group, Symphonic Distribution, Backline Super Stars, Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel, The Burb Rehearsal Studios, James Geiger Photography, and more.
For more information on the 7th Avenue Band Slam, please visit www.yborbandslam.com.