THE RITZ YBOR AND ORPHEUM UNITE THEIR ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS SERIES AND WILL PRESENT 1ST ANNUAL 7TH AVENUE BAND SLAM
Fifteen local and regional bands were selected from a record number of band entries to compete at this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam competition at The Orpheum and The RITZ Ybor. The Series will kick-off with a three-week Semi-Final at The Orpheum that starts on Thursday, July 10 and will continue on Thursday, July 17, and Thursday, July 24, 2014. Each Semi-Final week, five different bands will compete against one another where one band will advance to the 7th Avenue Band Slam Finals at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, August 30, 2014. At the Finals, one band based on audience applause and judges scores will win the Band Slam series along with the Grand Prize which includes $1,500.00 cash, a digital distribution & design package courtesy of Symphonic Distribution, gift cards and gift certificates, paid performances at future gigs, and much more.
This year’s Band Slam judges will include Ray Roa (correspondent with tbt, Tampa Bay Times & Suburban Apologist), Grant Brandell (of Underoath), and more.
Participating bands at this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam Semi-Finals are:
• Semi-Final Week 1 – Thursday, July 10, 2014: Artilect, The Getbye, Matthew Wead, Paint The Town Red, and Wherewithal
• Semi-Final Week 2 – Thursday, July 17, 2014: Golden Coastal Grizzlies, Saved By Friday, Stonegrey, Supros, and Vane
• Semi-Final Week 3 – Thursday, July 24, 2014: One Mile Final, ShinraCo, The Best Day Ever, The Music Box, and The Porch Sessions
Each 7th Avenue Band Slam 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 www.yborbandslam.com or from any participating band. Doors open at 7pm with the first band taking the stage at 7:30pm.
Sponsors of this year’s 7th Avenue Band Slam include Symphonic Distribution, Backline Superstars, Deseprados, The Radiant Group, and more.
The RITZ Ybor and The Orpheum are Ybor City’s two leading live music venues located on 7th Avenue.
The RITZ Ybor is located at 1503 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. For more information about The RITZ Ybor, please visit: www.theritzybor.com.
The Orpheum is located at 1915 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. For more information about The Orpheum, please visit: www.theorpheum.com.