Battle of the Bands Returns to SPAC

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is hosting its second annual Battle of the Bands at 6pm on Friday, June 3.

Local bands are invited to submit a video to YouTube (five minutes maximum length) and send an online application form to SPAC. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm on Sunday, April 24.

All of the eligible videos will be posted on SPAC’s website, and public online voting will take place on Wednesday and Thursday April 27 & 28. The top vote-getter – along with nine other finalists chosen by a SPAC selection committee – will perform at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs at 6pm on Friday, June 3. Each band will perform for 10 minutes.

The grand prize winner will be chosen by audience response as well as a three-person panel of celebrity judges led by WEQX-FM’s Jason Irwin. The grand prize package – valued at over $5,000 – includes a professionally produced music video by Modern Mix Studios, a professionally recorded EP at The Recording Company and airplay on radio station WEQX.

More than 100 bands entered last year’s inaugural SPAC Battle of the Bands. New York City’s cello-driven rockers Vesper emerged as the grand prize winner.

“For the artists, Battle of the Bands represents an opportunity to stand on the same stage where music legends have performed. We are looking forward to seeing who will fill those shoes,” said SPAC president and executive director Marcia J. White in a press release.

Well, not exactly…

Most of the “music legends” that have performed at SPAC play on the big amphitheater stage. The Battle of the Bands finalists will appear on the smaller, indoor Spa Little Theater stage. But it is a pretty cool theater, and technically speaking, yes, it is SPAC…

Good luck to all!

  1. Shane says

    Hey Greg- Thanks for this post. Last year’s Battle was a sold out show, and we’re hoping everyone is as excited as we are for this year’s competition.
    By the way – The Spa Little Theatre stage (presented by SPAC) has hosted Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Emanuel Ax, Charles Dutoit, Joshua Bell, Martha Argerich, Itzhak Perlman…. just off the top of my head. Legends, baby. 🙂

  2. Greg says

    Shane, yes, indeed they are legends all, but none of ’em would stand much of a chance in a battle of the bands, would they?

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