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Ultimate Bands Series 2013 Registration

The RITZ Ybor

Weekly Event - Every Wednesday: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

Tampa, FL

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THE RITZ YBOR ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES 2013

SEMI-FINALS WEEK 1:  Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SEMI-FINALS WEEK 2:  Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SEMI-FINALS WEEK 3:  Wednesday, September 4, 2013
THE FINALS:  Saturday, September 21, 2013

Each week for three weeks, five different bands will compete against one another to win a spot at the 4th Annual Ultimate Bands Series Finals on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  All participating bands will perform 2 original songs & 1 cover song by a TBA artist.

Four judges will offer commentary and choose which band will advance to the Ultimate Bands Series Finals based on audience applause and judges scoring. Three different bands will advance to the Ultimate Band Series Finals from the Semi-Finals.

One band from the entire Semi-Finals will be chosen solely by the judges as the Judges' Pick to advance to the Finals.

The winner of the Ultimate Bands Series Finals will win over $3,000.00 in Prizes.

Previous winners of The RITZ Ybor's Ultimate Bands Series include Mighty Mongo (2010), The James-Lange Theory (2011) and Rising Down (2012).

ONLY ONE REGISTRATION NEEDED PER BAND.  Upon paying the $20.00 Registration Fee, please send an e-mail to bands@theritzybor.com including a website link where 2 original songs can be listened to online along with the following information:

  • Your Band's Name:
  • Music Genre:
  • How many members are in your band? 
  • Contact First & Last Name:
  • Contact Phone Number:  
  • Contact E-mail Address:
  • Preferred Semi-Finals Date:   


Deadline to Register: Friday, August 2, 2013

All bands will be notified by Saturday, August 3, 2013 if they will be performing.

WHO IS ELGIBLE TO COMPETE?
Any Music Artist of any genre: (a) a band, (b) solo artist, (c) singer, (d) duo, (c) trio, or (e) musician whose performance will consist of live vocals and who has at least two (2) original songs to submit to the competition.

MUSIC ARTIST ENTRY
Music Artists must mail in completed entry form, $20 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order) that goes towards the band’s prize, band bio, band photo and a demo CD containing two original songs to:
The RITZ Ybor
Attn: Ultimate Bands Committee (UBC)
1503 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

Music Artists may also register online by following the instructions via Eventbrite at:
http://ultimatebands2013.eventbrite.com/

All mailed entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to be eligible. $20 entry fee is non-refundable and demos will be not be returned.

Completed entry forms without $20 non-refundable entry fee, bio and/or demo CD/mp3’s will not be considered. ALL ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED.
 

ADVANCING TO ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES (SEMI-FINALS) ROUND
1. UBC will select 15 Music Artists from all entrants to advance to Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals round. Music Artists will be notified by Saturday, August 3, 2013 if they have advanced to the Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals round. The results will also be posted online at www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2013.html by 2pm on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
2. Music Artists will be chosen based on the following criteria:
a. Excessively profane, lewd or offensive lyrics, language or conduct will not be allowed
b. Music quality is of the utmost importance regardless of music genre
3. Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals rounds will be held over the course of three nights. Those three nights are Wednesday, August 14, 2013; Wednesday, August 21, 2013 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
a. Five Music Artists will compete on each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals round night with one Music Artist advancing to the Ultimate Bands Series Finals on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
b. Competition will begin at 7pm on the night of show. Bands are required to be present at 6:30pm for a pre-show meeting.
c. Each Music Artist will be given 30 minutes to set up, play and take down. This will mean that about 20 minutes is actual playing time of 2 original songs and 1 cover song. The cover song will be a popular song by a selected national recording artist chosen by UBC and that all competing Music Artists on each night will be required to perform. The cover song artist will be assigned to the competing Music Artists at least 7 days prior to their scheduled night. Music Artists will be responsible for e-mailing their cover song selection by the cover song artist to bands@theritzybor.com at least 2 days prior to their Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals date. The other 2 songs must be original material. An event emcee will introduce Music Artists. Music Artists will introduce their own songs.
d. A pa/sound system will be provided by The RITZ Ybor. Each Music Artist is required to bring in their own instruments, amps and drum kits.
e. Competing Music Artists will be asked to promote the event through flyer distribution and online social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, ReverbNation, MySpace, Tumblr, etc.)
f. Promotion by competing Music Artists is mandatory for the advantage of crowd applause which will factor into the scoring criteria for which judging is based.
g. A judging panel will be present at each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals Night to offer critique and to determine the winner of each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals Night based on crowd applause and their own scoring on a 1 to 5 points system.

If any Music Artist or member is unavailable to perform/play during their scheduled date and time, there will be no automatic advancement to next year’s Ultimate Bands Series to make up for unavailability at this year’s event.
 

ADVANCING TO THE ULTIMATE BAND SERIES FINALS ROUND
The Ultimate Bands Series will have each winner from the three Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals round nights competing for the Grand Prize and the Second Place Prize.
1. The Ultimate Bands Series Finals will take place at The RITZ Ybor on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
a. Five Music Artists will compete at the Finals with one Music Artist winning the Grand Prize and one Music Artist winning the Second Place Prize.
b. Doors to the Finals will open at 6pm and the event will promptly start at 7pm. Music Artists are required to be present at 5:30pm for a pre-show meeting.
c. Each Music Artist will be given 35 minutes to set up, play and take down. This will mean that about 25 minutes is actual playing time of 2 original songs, the 1 cover song performed at the Ultimate Band Series Semi-Finals night and 1 cover song from another artist chosen by UBC. An emcee will introduce Music Artists. Music Artists will introduce their own songs.
d. A pa/sound system will be provided by The RITZ Ybor. Each Music Artist is required to bring in their own instruments, amps and drum kits.
e. Competing Music Artists will be asked to promote the event through flyer distribution and online social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, ReverbNation, MySpace, Tumblr, etc.)
f. Promotion by competing Music Artists is mandatory for the advantage of crowd applause which will factor into the scoring criteria for which judging is based.
g. A judging panel will be present at each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals Night to offer critique and to determine the winner of each Ultimate Bands Series Semi-Finals Night based on crowd applause and their own scoring on a 1 to 5 points system.

If any Music Artist or member is unavailable to perform/play during their scheduled date and time, there will be no automatic advancement to next year’s Ultimate Bands Series Finals to make up for unavailability at this year’s event.


CLAIMING OF PRIZES
Winning Music Artists will be rewarded their cash prize on Saturday, September 21, 2013, the night of the Ultimate Bands Series Finals. 
 

RULES FOR THE ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES
All participants agree that they, their band and/or music group will act in a professional manner:
1. Show up to pre-show meeting a half-hour prior to door time. At that time, check-in with the EVENT COORDINATOR who will provide all Music Artists with load-in instructions.
2. NO guest list provided. Anyone coming to the show must pay the $5 admission at the door.
3. NO outside food or drinks.
4. NO weapons or drugs allowed or permitted in the venue.
5. NO pyrotechnics of any kind allow or permitted in the venue.
6. Be respectful to all staff, venue and patrons.
7. Promote the Ultimate Bands Series competition on band's website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, ReverbNation, MySpace, Tumblr and other online forums. (Please note: crowd applause is a major factor to win this competition. The more of your fan base that is in attendance, the greater your chances of winning.)

UBC reserves the right to refuse entry to any Music Artist. Rules are subject to change without notice. The RITZ Ybor and/or its owners are not responsible for any damaged, stolen or missing instruments, amps, drum kits or other items. By entering the Ultimate Bands Series competition, you have reviewed and understand the terms above and agree to adhere to all rules.

All participants must sign the Ultimate Bands Series agreement which states that all participants will agree to follow and adhere to all rules and procedures of The RITZ Ybor Ultimate Bands Series 2013 competition.

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