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Finalists picked for Ritz Ybor's Ultimate Bands contest
Finalists picked for Ritz Ybor's Ultimate Bands contest

Tampa, Florida -- Four bands have been selected to compete in the finals of Ritz Ybor's annual Ultimate Bands contest.

The finals will be Saturday, August 18 with the winning group getting a grand prize valued at more than $5,000.

Below is a portion of a release sent out promoting the event.

Last month, fifteen bands competed against one another at the Semi-Finals for a spot at the Aug. 18 Finals where one band will win the Ultimate Grand Prize: the opportunity to be the opening act for a national touring act at an upcoming concert at The RITZ Ybor, paid gigs at the Rooftop Eve Party, at a signature Hyde Park Village event and at the November Square One event, $500.00 cash, Radiant gas cards and much more.  The Ultimate Grand Prize is valued at over $5,000.

The three winners from the Semi-Finals and a Judges' Pick will all compete at the Finals.

The competing bands are:

    • The Northwest (Semi-Finals Week 1 winners)
    • Khora (Semi-Finals Week 2 winners)
    • Jack Jasper (Semi-Finals Week 3 winners)
    • Rising Down (Judges' Pick) 

At the Finals, each band will perform 2 original songs and 1 cover song by rock legend, Bruce Springsteen. Audience applause only will decide this year's Ultimate Bands Series winner.

This year's Ultimate Band Series judging panel consists of:

    • Jocelyn Brenner (marketing director of event sponsor Hyde Park Village and returning judge)
    • Joran Slane Oppelt (marketing and promotions director for Creative Loafing)
    • Carole Liparoto (Tampa Bay Times music correspondent and tbt Soundcheck columnist)
    • Special guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock

All four judges helped select the winning bands at the Semi-Finals and who will offer commentary at the Finals.

The Ultimate Bands Series Finals is open to all ages, and admission will be $5.00 (in advance) and $10.00 (at the door). Tickets can be purchased online at www.theritzybor.com, at The RITZ Ybor Box-Office and from any participating band.  

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m.  

Last year's Ultimate Band Series winner, The James-Lange Theory will perform.

For more information, please visit www.ritzybor.com/ultimate2012.html.

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