Have you and your band ever dreamed of performing
on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stage?
Until you can sell about 10,000 tickets, here’s
your next-best bet. On May 21, SPAC will host
a Battle of the Bands at the Spa Little
Theatre as a part of the venue’s extended season.
Ten finalists will be chosen to perform via public
vote, based on YouTube audition videos (and an
application form); winning acts will be selected
by audience response at the event, plus input
from a panel of local luminaries. The prize package
includes a professionally recorded five-song EP,
custom T-shirts and stickers, and airplay on radio
But, there is a but: Buried at the end of the
press release trumpeting the band b battles is
the following stanza: “If selected for one of
the 10 finalist positions, bands must agree to
purchase 25 tickets at $15 each, which can then
be sold or given away to fans, friends and family.”
So: There is no entry fee, but a $375 fee if you
win. Do with that what you will.
Check out www.spac.org for all the details and
AND: NOW It’s not just talk: The Interwebs really
are the wave of the future for local radio. After
a lengthy hiatus from broadcasting, Barbara
Kaiser, host of long-running WRPI show Jazz
& . . ., has announced her eclectically programmed
show’s triumphant return. Kaiser’s three-hour
weekly program is now streaming on Ye Olde Internette
THEY GOT THE JACK Just when you think you’ve heard
it all, you turn on the car stereo and hear Steely
Dan segue into Daughtry. “Adult hits” station
The Bridge 100.9 FM recently took over
the frequency formerly occupied by Magic 100.9
(now at AM 590). The station, owned by Albany
Broadcasting, plays mostly ’80s hits with the
occasional currently popular song tossed in—which
means it’s kind of weird.
A second Albany Broadcasting band, hard-rock station
The Edge 104.9, also flipped a few weeks ago—to
a country format. 104.9 The Cat aims to
put up a fight against country stalwart 107.7
WGNA in the ratings. The flip left an excellent
local-music resource, the Ralph Renna-hosted
Capital Underground, temporarily homeless.
But Renna is quickly back up and running, having
smartly taken his act to the World Wide Web. The
show is streaming at capitalundergroundradio.com,
and reaching a larger audience than ever before.
Sounds like a win/win.
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