The Best Damn Roadhouse band
All Comers Band Contest
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There will be a first round of 8 weekly contests with five bands performing each week. Each band will perform for 20 minutes, originals or covers, however the idea is to show originality. Judging will be done by ballot of the audience and the winner will be determined by them. Obviously the more folks you can bring to support you the better your chances.
All weekly winners will qualify for the Penultimate Playoff. All weekly winners will receive a gig at The Waterhole Saloon with a guaranteed $100 fee and a $50 bar tab.
The Penultimate playoffs will consist of four bands for each of the two contests. The bands will play for 30 minutes each with again the audience voting to determine the winners. The Penultimate Playoff winners will go through to the Ultimate Playoff and the chance to compete for the Grand Prize. The Penultimate Playoff winners will also receive another gig at The Waterhole Saloon with a guaranteed $150 fee and a $50 bar tab. The Runner-Up will also qualify for the Ultimate Playoff.
The Grand Final will include both the winners and the runners-up from the semi-final. Each band will play for 30 minutes and as always the audience will vote by ballot to determine the winner.
FAQ - THE ANSWERS:
How do I enter my band?
In the first instance please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the the name of your band, a contact phone number, a one sentence description of the style of music you play, and a link to whatever myspace, website or other place where you have samples of you music. It is not mandatory that you have samples or a site. It merely helps us attempt to group together bands who might compliment each other. If you have a particular time constraint due to travel time or job commitment please mention this in your entry. We will do our best to accommodate you. There are a limited number of entry slots available.
Then What Happens?
There are a limited number of entry slots available. So unfortunately a screening process has to happen. If the conversations and email I've had from the Austin musicians community are anything to go by I suspect applications for entry to be quite high.
What Equipment do you have?
There will be a full backline provided including two guitar amps, a bass amp, and a drum kit. The drum kit has a bass drum, one mounted and one floor tom, snare, high hat, and two cymbal stands. The drummer will be required to use their own cymbals, with the exception of the high-hat, and bass drum pedal. They may use their own snare if preferred. You may not
You will be offered a date and time for the first round. The email will include the rules terms and conditions. By accepting the date you also except the terms and conditons.
ORDER OF PLAY?
We will have the vote only after everyone has performed. If someone leaves early with their supporters, then they are not there to vote for their band. A ballot made up of a copy of the running order will be used so there can be no argument on the count.
In the event of a tie Steve
Power will cast the deciding vote. Time restrictions do not
allow for further performance or voting, but if anyone has another
suggestion as to a tie breaker we'll consider it.
DATE OF PRIZE GIG?
THE ULTIMATE PLAYOFF: A NEW HOPE
Courtesy of Jalapeno Rose Recording and Radio Zendo.
3-1 Promo Video Package!
Recording mixing and mastering at Jalapeno Rose Recording Studios of one song.
Production of a promo video
Some Tips To Give You The Best Chance of Winning.
Winning isn't everything and to some it's nothing. Some folks just want a chance to perform in front of an appreciative audience or to try out new material and that's fine and very welcome. But for those who have more ambitious goals and are perhaps new to this sort of thing here are a few ideas.....
First of all, BRING AS MANY FANS AS YOU CAN! Although because of our two vote system talent alone will and has made winners in the past there is no doubt that bringing folks to vote for you creates a distinct advantage. The Bakehouse is an all ages venue. The food is really good and the staff is excellent. Many artists have brought their whole family and their family's family.
Think about your performance. This is after all a "performing" songwriters contest. Pick your three best songs, in particular the most engaging for the audience. This doesn't necessarily mean the funniest or the rockers, although that ain't a bad idea, but songs that an audience can connect to in some way.
Be prepared. It's better to present three songs you really know than one you made up that morning and haven't really got to a place where you own it. If you need to read the lyrics you're probably better off choosing something you can easily play from memory.
Make sure to take care of the basics. Be in tune. If you need to put on new strings try and give them a couple of hours to settle in and stretch out. If you have a guitar with a pickup that uses a battery be sure to put in a fresh one. A dying battery just distorts and usually without warning.
If you don't win, don't take it to heart. All art is subjective. There are still people who think that John Lennon or Bob Dylan are rubbish. If you think you were as good as the person who won, think about what they did that might have made the difference.
And finally and most importantly, HAVE FUN! If you're having fun then you've already won no matter what the outcome. And besides, fun is contagious. Fun is the easiest thing for an audience to connect to and when an audience connects to an artist they become fans.
Past Contest Results:
Episode III: Revenge of The Ultimate Playoff - Monday April 13th, 2009
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Geronimo & Ian
2nd Place - Chris Parreira 3rd Place - Mike Valliere
Weekly winners who also qualified:
David Isley, Jiminy Crisket, Jenny Morgan, Summer,Tom Porter, Amanda Lepre,
Chuck & Cloe, Steve Brooks, Justin Estes, Teal Day
Episode II: The Ultimate Playoff - December 15, 2008
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Weekly winners who also qualified:
Episode 1: The Playoff - Monday, September 8th, 2008.
Grand Prize Winner
B. Sterling Archer
2nd Place - Nicolette Mangloss 3rd Prize - Patty Finney
South Austin Idle Grand Playoff Finalists