July 5, 2012


The RITZ Ybor will host their 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series showcase and competition this summer.  Music artists will compete against one another for the Ultimate Grand Prize: the opportunity to be the opening act for a national touring act at an upcoming concert at The RITZ Ybor, paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party, at a signature Hyde Park Village event and at the November Square One event, $500.00 cash, Radiant gas cards and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $5,000.00.

Five different music artists will compete each week during the three-week Semi-Finals for a spot in the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert.  Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2012; Thursday, July 19, 2012 and Thursday, July 26, 2012 at The RITZ Ybor.  One music artist will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finale concert at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 18, 2012 based on a combination of audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Band Series judging panel.

The 2012 Ultimate Band Series judging panel will consist of Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director of event sponsor Hyde Park Village and returning judge), Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing and promotions director for Creative Loafing), Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent and tbt Soundcheck columnist) and featured guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock.

Each Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $7.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office or from any participating band.  Doors open at 7pm with the first act taking the stage at 7:30pm.

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series include The Radiant Group, Hyde Park Village, Three Olives Vodka and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Band Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010) and The James-Lange Theory (2011). 

For more information and the line-up schedule, please visit www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2012.html


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