Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Downfall makes the 96 Rock Garage Band contest semifinals

In what turned into a mad rush to prep three songs - yeah three - 96 Rock let us know on Saturday that we had been selected to the 96 Rock Garage Band contest semifinals. They then informed us on Monday (yesterday) that the semis will be held on Wednesday (tomorrow) at the Carolina Ale House in Cary. We were told that there would be three bands performing form 8-11, so we figured we had six songs or so to perform. That would give us enough time to set up, play and set down. Nope. We were then informed that we'd be allowed to perform three songs. That's it. Under normal circumstances, meeting at the studio, loading equipment, driving to a venue, loading in, playing three songs, loading out, driving back to the studio and unloading - all for an unpaid gig - would have been out of the question; however, 96 Rock has provided us with some incentive.

The 96 Rock Garage Band contest asked Triangle-area rock n roll bands to submit demos. From those submissions, nine bands were selected by 96 Rock staff & area music "people" as semifinalists. For each the next three weeks, three bands will perform a three-song set at one of the area Carolina Ale Houses. The three finalists - one from each night - will battle it out for the finals during a show at the Lincoln Theater. One winning band will be chosen that night, and the winners will receive eight hours of studio time at Osceola Music, $125 worth of Carolina Ale House gift certificates, $500 worth of music gear and - best of all - an opening slot at one of this summer's Raleigh Downtown Live shows.

If you have some free time tomorrow night, come check out the show from 8-11 at Cary's Carolina Ale House and show your support for Downfall.

As always, please check out are music and tell your friends - Downfall on MySpace Music.

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