August 13, 2013

The RITZ Ybor's 4th Annual ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES: Weekly Semi-Final


Tampa, FL - Fifteen local and regional bands were selected from a record number of band entries to compete at this year’s 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series at The RITZ Ybor.  The Series will kick-off with a three-week Semi-Final that starts on Wednesday, August 21st  and will continue on Wednesday, August 28th and Wednesday, September 4th, 2013.  Each Semi-Final week, five different bands will compete against one another where one band will advance to the Ultimate Bands Series Finals on September 21, 2013 based on audience applause and scoring from the Ultimate Bands Series judges.  At the Finals, one band will win the entire Ultimate Bands Series along with the Ultimate Grand Prize which includes $500.00 cash, studio recording time courtesy of The Burb Rehearsal Studio, a digital distribution & design package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, gift cards and gift certificates, paid performances at future gigs: Rock The Park at Curtis Hixon Park, concerts sponsored by THX MGMT, No Clubs and Historic Holiday Spirit, a show at Club Detroit, a Pre-Party concert at The RITZ Ybor and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $3,000.00.

This year’s Ultimate Bands Series judges will be headed by Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock, who returns to the judges’ table for the second year in a row.

Participating bands at this year’s Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals are:

•    Semi-Final Week 1 – Wednesday, August 21, 2013:  Antic (Ocala), Bangarang (Tampa), Dropin Pickup (Tampa), Sleepy Hill (Tampa) and 5 Pound Trigger (Tampa)

•  Semi-Final Week 2 – Wednesday, August 28, 2013:  Lions After Dark (Clearwater), NoNeed (Tampa), Smash The Pink (Tampa), Stonegrey (Land O’ Lakes) and Sweet Oblique (Ybor City)

•   Semi-Final Week 3 – Wednesday, September 4, 2013:  Airsickness (Palmetto), Drastic Fall (Tampa), Nervous Energy (Clearwater), Ryan Michalski & The Spaceking (Tampa) and Skinny & The Chubbies (Tampa)

Each Ultimate Band Series Semi-Final is open to all ages, and will be $5.00 admission (advance) and $6.00 (at the door).  Tickets can be purchased online at or from any participating band.  Doors open at 7pm with the first band taking the stage at 7:15pm.

Sponsors of the 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series include The Burb Rehearsal Studio, Symphonic Distribution, The Radiant Group, Ybor City Historic Holiday Spirit, THX MGMT, No Clubs, Daddy Kool Records, Kage Kult Entertainment, James Geiger Photography and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Bands Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010), The James-Lange Theory (2011) and Rising Down (2012).

For more information about this year’s Ultimate Bands Series, please visit:

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