July 11, 2011

OurStage Takes The Stage @ The RITZ Ybor on July 23, 2011

5 Finalists Selected for “OurStage Takes the Stage”: Inaugural band competition set to take place at The RITZ Ybor

OurStage.com and Three Zebras Entertainment, the entertainment division of ExtremeTix, are pleased to announce the 5 Finalists for the “OurStage Takes the Stage“ competition, a virtual battle of the bands powered by OurStage.com. The final round of the competition will take place live on July 23 at The RITZ Ybor in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa. These talented Florida-based bands will compete for cash and prizes in addition to future performance opportunities.

The 5 Finalists are:

Cure for Caska from Winter Park, FL (winning song: “13 Hours, 3 State Line [Give Rosetta Away]”)
Bio: This five piece rock band from Orlando found a fresh way to incorporate melodic string arrangements with meaningful lyrics you’ll find yourself singing for days after you hear them. As the guitar and drums take on their traditional roles in the band, the strings (Violin, Cello, and Upright Bass) provide the classical influence for a different twist on rock.

From This Fire from Clearwater, FL (winning song: “Days Go By”)
Bio: From This Fire is a hard rock/alternative metal band based in the Tampa Bay Area. Merging heavy guitar riffs with open melodic choruses, From the Fire joins Metallica with Breaking Benjamin, all the while burning with the embers of Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine. They bring a highly energetic vibe that speaks swagger and attitude in the music. And while they’re the type of band that won’t shy away from laying their hearts and experiences on the line, their affable personas will have the entire venue engaged.

Not Tonight Josephine from Riverview, FL (winning song: “Carousel”)
Bio: Not Tonight Josephine was named "Tampa’s Most Buzz-worthy Rock Band" by Creative Loafing in the fall of 2009. The band has quickly been raising their status in rock's up-and-coming scene with performances at Busch Gardens, 97X’s Next Big Thing, the Florida Music Festival and more. The band is currently working on an EP and full-length album and hopes for a mid-2011 release date. Not Tonight Josephine will certainly be climbing the rock ladder even higher in 2011.

Someday Souvenir from Tampa, FL (winning song: “Shade of Gray”)
Bio: The rockin’, all girl band Someday Souvenir refuse to be confined to any one certain genre or style of music. Their radio-friendly sound has been assembled on a foundation that satisfies each of their individual musical tastes. By combining elements of driving rock, power pop and raw emotion, they have managed to craft their own signature sound that sets them apart from the majority of their contemporaries.

The August Name from Safety Harbor, FL (winning song: “Lions Roar, Tigers Bite”)
Bio: Hailing from Safety Harbor, The August Name is an Energetic Alternative Rock band consisting of five dedicated guys with very different backgrounds. Each person, driven to succeed, contributes their own style and influence to the songs, crafting and sculpting the sounds. Their mission is to bring passion back into a genre overrun with meaningless lyrics and disposable music.

The Finalists will perform 20-minute sets LIVE at The RITZ Ybor and will feature their winning songs. Judging of Finalists’ performances will be weighted 60% by industry professionals and 40% by the attending audience.

Tickets for this exciting evening are specially priced at only $10 and can be purchased at www.theRITZybor.com, The Ritz Ybor Box-Office or charge-by-phone at 888-695-0888. “OurStage Takes the Stage” is presented in partnership with OurStage.com, ExtremeTix, Three Zebras Entertainment and 97X.

For further information, please visit: OurStage.com/go/takesthestage

About Three Zebras Entertainment: As the entertainment division of ExtremeTix, Three Zebras services the arena, venue and festival communities with a complete range of entertainment, event management, booking, programming and consultation services.

About OurStage.com: OurStage.com is a leading destination for new-music discovery and quality editorial content. With more than 175,000 artists from 40 genres of music, OurStage.com receives over 4.5 million unique visitors each month from more than 170 countries. “OurStage Takes the Stage” expands the online element for new artists and brings it to life.

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