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Aug 7, 2012

THE RITZ YBOR WILL CONCLUDE THEIR 3RD ANNUAL ULTIMATE BANDS SERIES 2012 ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012

Tampa, FL - The RITZ Ybor will conclude their 3rd Annual Ultimate Bands Series on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  Last month, fifteen bands competed against one another at the Semi-Finals for a spot at the August 18, 2012 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 $5,000.00.

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) and 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) and special guest judge Jesse Kage from The Kage Kult show on 98 Rock who all 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 6pm and the show will start at 7pm.  Last year’s Ultimate Band Series winner, The James-Lange Theory will perform.

Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Ultimate Band Series include The Radiant Group, Hyde Park Village, Three Olives Vodka and Square One.  Previous winners of the Ultimate Band Series include bands Mighty Mongo (2010) and The James-Lange Theory (2011).  

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

Contact:

Okesene “Okie” Tilo
Madison Marquette
(813) 247-2555 x6555
okesene@theritzybor.com

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