It’s a Battle of the Jazz Bands in Downtown Albany…

The second annual Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition will take place in a variety of downtown Albany bars and restaurants from 5-9pm on Friday, September 7, which just happens to be the day before the 11th annual Port of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival lands at Riverfront Park in Corning Preserve.

Here’s how it works:

Interested jazz bands must fill out an application form and submit it to the Downtown Albany BID along with two songs and a photo. Deadline for submissions is 3pm on Wednesday, August 1.

A panel of judges will select the bands to perform on Friday, September 7 at one of the participating downtown venues. (Last year, 10 venues hosted bands for the competition, but no participating venues have been announced yet for 2012.) Each band will receive a $100 stipend. ($100 for a Friday night gig? Gee, I know times are tough, but $100 barely covers the bar tab for some of the jazz quartets that we know…)

Attendees – you know, the general bar-hopping public – will then vote for their favorite performers of the night, and the top vote-getting band of the night will be awarded the opening slot at 12noon for the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 8.

So get those applications in, and good luck!

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