Vans Warped Tour’s Battle Of The Bands

The Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands has announced that FameCast’s music contest management platform will power this year’s Battle of the Bands competition for the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. Unsigned bands hoping to earn a spot to play alongside bands like Flogging Molly, Less than Jake, NOFX and The Devil Wears Prada at one of the Warped Tour’s 46 stops in the U.S. and Canada can upload an audio or video file online. Fans then vote for their favorites and determine who will win one of the 200 coveted spots. FameCast also powers Guitar Centers’ On-Stage competition with Motley Crue, John Mayer’s Mayercraft, the Taste of Chaos Battle of the Bands, and Fender Guitars’ Road Worn competition. Visit for this and other music contests.

Hard Rock’s Battle Of The Bands Contest

Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young are both set to play the Hard Rock Calling 2009 event in London this June and there is room on the bill for another band. To find that lucky group, Hard Rock is holding a contest called Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands. In it, local groups will compete for a spot on the stage at Hard Rock Calling. Battles will take place at select Hard Rock Cafes and one winner from each participating city will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders and artists like E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt. They’ll narrow down the competitors and leave it up to fans to vote for the winner at Head to that site now for all the info.

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Alabama’s Bamajama Battle Of The Bands

Labeled a world-class, extravaganza the Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival (June 4 – 6, 2009) held in Enterprise, AL includes the Jim Beam BamaJam Battle of the Bands. Performing artists from all genres are encouraged to submit their entry to compete to win the chance to appear on the Budweiser BamaJam Saloon Stage. The first 100 acts to sign up will become eligible to compete at the qualifying performances, evaluated by overall fan-appeal, stage presentation and content. Four grand prize winners will be chosen to perform. Registration information can be found at

Fuse Launches Rock Madness

Head to FUSE’s all NEW “Rock Madness” challenge to fill out your ultimate Rock & Roll bracket here “Rock Madness” finally gives you the chance to choose the best Rock & Roll artist/band of all time through a March Madness styled tournament bracket. Through Facebook connect, “Rock Madness” compiles 64 current and potential Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists like Bob Marley and Eminem, Johnny Cash and Metallica, The Rolling Stones and U2, and many more. “Rock Madness” sets up the celebration that will be the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT only on FUSE.

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Fuse welcomes you to an exclusive look at this year’s highly-anticipated, star-studded Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, airing live from Cleveland Ohio’s Public Hall on April 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Watch as a chosen few of music’s most legendary acts including Metallica and Run-D.M.C. join fellow rock legends in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

As the exclusive television partner, Fuse is the only place to get a front row seat to the induction ceremony live from Cleveland. The four hour show will carry on the tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of this year’s inductees through live performances and top name presenters who come together to celebrate the history of rock and roll. The nominees for induction at this year’s ceremony include Metallica, Run-D.M.C., Jeff Beck, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Bobby Womack.

To shake things up this year, Fuse hosts Steven Smith and Jared Cotter will provide commentary during the show on the significance of each inductee and the induction process – giving Fuse viewers a visual lesson on the Rock Hall and a chance to experience the acts that influenced some of their favorite artists: bridging the gap between the old and new school.

Going beyond the linear network, log on to to vote for the greatest rock band of all time and then enter to win the entire Metallica catalogue signed by members of the band. Fuse is also using the latest in mobile technology to keep its audience entertained and connected. Fans can receive Twitter updates from the ceremony and excerpts from Fuse originals “Kings of Rock featuring Run-D.M.C.” and “Metallica: In Their Own Words” as well as other Rock Hall related material throughout March and April courtesy of Fuse’s mobile partners VSnax, Verizon’s VCast and

Memphis In May International Festival Announces Line-Up For 2009 Beale Street Music Festival

Known around the country as the showcase of a legendary musical style, the Beale Street Music Festival 2009 brings together music’s leaders and legends sharing four stages in an event that defines Memphis’ music. Corporate sponsors Budweiser, Sam’s Town, and Cellular South partner with Memphis in May International Festival and its talent booker, New Orleansbased, Beaver Productions, to present 60 musical acts scheduled to appear May 1-3, 2009 in Tom Lee Park.

The dynamic music festival’s diversity of music including rock, rhythm and blues, alternative, soul, rap, and contemporary hits is evident in its 2009 line-up that also includes recent Grammy winners and nominees, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and legendary Memphis music acts. Artists include such diverse performers as The All-American Rejects, Steve Miller Band, Al Green, 311, James Taylor, Katy Perry, Korn, Fall Out Boy, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Tommy Castro, Snoop Dogg, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Shinedown, Hinder, John Lee Hooker, Jr., George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Bonnie Raitt, Three 6 Mafia, Elvis Costello, The Cult, The Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce, Jack’s Mannequin, Los Lobos, Rise Against, Saving Abel, Amos Lee, Susan Tedeschi, Theory of a Deadman, Dead Confederate, Matt Nathanson, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Thriving Ivory and others.

Beale Street Music Festival has historically taken great pride in presenting musical talent with Memphis roots. The tradition continues in 2009 most notably with Al Green whose last performance at the festival was in 1995. The legendary Memphis For more information contact, Diane Hampton, Executive Vice President, Memphis in May, 88 Union Avenue, Suite 301, Memphis, TN 38103 (901)525-4611 recording industry again takes center stage with Sun Record’s great Jerry Lee Lewis, and STAX represented by The Bar-Kays . Other Memphis acts include Reba Russell Band, Muck Sticky, Prosevere and Jump Back Jake.

The Blues Tent is always one of the most popular venues at the event, and is virtually guaranteed in 2009 with Ronnie Baker Brooks, Lurrie Bell, Bonnie Bramlett, Shane Dwight, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside & Lightin’ Malcolm, Michael Burks, Curtis Salgado, Sherman Robertson, Damon Fowler, and Guitar Shorty. The SoCo Blues Shack, added in 2008 as another Blues venue will host Richard Johnston, Blind Mississippi Morris and Robert “Wolfman” Belfour.

This year, Memphis in May International Festival salutes The Republic of Chile and the Beale Street Music Festival will honor the country’s musical heritage on Saturday and Sunday with performances by noted Chilean rock group group, Chancho En Piedra.

Lionel Richie, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona Charlie Wilson And Little Freddie King Join Line-Up For Essence Music Festival 2009

Lionel Richie, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Fiona, Charlie Wilson and Little Freddie King have just been added to the line-up for this year’s ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL, set for this July 3, 4 and 5 in New Orleans. These acts join the already announced line-up of talent that includes Beyoncé, Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, John Legend, Keri Hilson, Robin Thicke, Salt-N-Pepa, Ne-Yo, Raphael Saadiq, En Vogue, Eric Benet, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Teena Marie, and more than 30 acts (the full day-by-day line-up will be announced in the coming weeks).

This year, the weekend-long 15th Anniversary celebration of music and empowerment will conclude with a special ESSENCE ICONS TRIBUTE to Frankie Beverly and Maze, the group who have closed the annual New Orleans festival since its 1995 inception. This one night only event will feature a gathering of stars of R&B and soul music who will come together to honor the legacy of Frankie Beverly and Maze. A full list of talent for this special performance will be announced in the coming weeks.

The updated acts:

Frankie Beverly and Maze: For nearly thirty years, Frankie Beverly and Maze have created a sound that is distinctive, passionate, creative, original, soulful, honest and powerful. The group continues to be one of the most requested at music festivals throughout the world drawing major crowds and have earned a reputation for having one of the best live shows in R&B. Frankie Beverly and Maze have closed the show for the past 14 ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL’s including 2006’s post-Katrina festival in Houston.

Lionel Richie: This global superstar is also an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning American singer, songwriter, record producer who has sold more than 100 million records.

Charlie Wilson: As the former lead singer of the funkadelic brotherly trio, the GAP Band, Charlie Wilson is known as one of the most familiar voices in R&B music. His new CD, UNCLE CHARLIE, was released in February and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Hip Hop/R&B Chart and includes the #1 single, “There Goes My Baby.” In addition, Wilson is currently on the road starring opposite Robin Givens and Mel Jackson in the touring gospel play “Save Me From My Secrets.” More information can be found at

Ryan Leslie: Singer/producer Ryan Leslie’s self-titled debut album was released this past February. Billboard magazine said, “With its smooth melodies (‘Just Right’), fresh beats (‘Diamond Girl’) and effortlessly suave lyrics (‘Quicksand’), the album satisfies from beginning to end.”

Melanie Fiona: Singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona’s debut album The Bridge reveals a sweet push-and-pull between countless elements of herself. United by a singular passion, Melanie Fiona’s sound bridges past and present with an artistic and consistent blending of classic soul samples. It’s all held together by a unique quality, something that is innately her, much like the other artists she mentions as influences: Bob Marley, Sade, and Patsy Cline.

Little Freddie King: An acclaimed international blues artist/American roots guitar player from New Orleans. His live performances have enthralled audiences at music festivals throughout North America and Europe.

“From Lionel Richie to Charlie Wilson and Ryan Leslie, we have worked hard to create a musical line-up that’s appealing to all of our fans,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, Essence Communications Inc. “As the Essence Music Festival line-up has come together, we are thrilled to once again confirm Frankie Beverly and Maze as the act to close out our 15th anniversary celebration. We’re looking forward to another great weekend of music and empowerment.”

Lipona post new EP for free download

Lipona has posted a free download of their new EP titled Pigeonholed. The band released Atlas in 2008. This has me stoked. Atlas was a great album and now they release Pigeonholed for free. This is better than a booty rub with Jessica Alba.

The band added:

This album has marked a new direction and we think this might be some of the best work we’ve ever done. It’s faster, more technical and has a more refined sound. Whereas Atlas was an introspective album, Pigeonholed is the opposite – the subject matter revolves around the current political climate and how we’ve all been dealing with the instability going on in the world.

The band is planning a physical vinyl release of the album in May with a bonus track. Download the EP here.

2nd Annual John-A-Thon Pictures

This past Sunday was fabulous at The Shed. SFClive held the 2nd Annual John-A-Thon benefit and the turnout was simply amazing. Seven local bands followed by a drum circle in John’s honor took place. The amount of money raised was enough to buy the first set of equipment needed for the John Whitehouse gulf coast chapter of Guitars Not Guns. Thank you to everyone that came out to support such a great cause. It’s nice to see when bands come together and help each other out instead of worrying about their next gig. It’s great to see a community come out and support musicians for such a great cause. I wish I could have stayed for the entire event, but check out the pictures that I did take in our photo gallery.

Showcase your inner rock star with the Lips Open Mic Contest

Xbox and Zune are looking for the next great musical talent, and have created an chance for aspiring artists to create and submit an original song, withthe winning submission gaining musical immortality as a download in “Lips,” the Xbox 360 singing video game, along with a free trip to LA for Warped tour and prizes from Xbox and Zune

The contest is accepting entries until March 13, 2009, and aspiring artists can submit a video of their original song here:

The Lips Open Mic Contest presented by AT&T provides a stage for aspiring musicians to realize their dreams of making it big. People all across the country could be singing your song in their living rooms with friends and family on Xbox 360! The grand prize winner will get the opportunity to have their song song made available as a free “Lips” download. All U.S. residents 18 and older can enter by composing an original song (score and lyrics) and submitting a video of the performance to Submissions are now open through March 13th.

After March 13th a panel of judges will narrow down the competition to the five best songs. These five finalist videos will be posted on Xbox LIVE and on April 10th, where U.S. residents can take the judge’s seat and vote for their favorite song to decide the winner. AT&T users can double their votes by texting their favorite to 991!

The entrant with the winning song will win a trip to Los Angeles, tickets to the Warped Tour on August 23rd, a flat screen TV, an Xbox 360 console, a Zune 120 GB digital media player, and the opportunity to have his or her song immortalized as a free “Lips” download from Xbox LIVE, allowing anyone with the game to test their chops and sing along. The four runners-up will receive an Xbox Elite 360 console, a Zune player and more great prizes.

Deadline for entries is March 13th. For full details including eligibility requirements, important content and technical requirements for entries and judging criteria, see the Official Rules at:

Unsigned Bands and Artists – Time to Perform at the Hall of Fame Induction

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is offering unsigned artists and bands across the U.S a chance to perform at the 2009 Induction Ceremony week of events on April 4th. The winner will also receive round trip airfare for up to four band members, hotel accommodations and tickets to the event. The “Rock your Way to Cleveland” contest (currently underway) ends on March 17th . Learn how to apply by visiting Groups are invited to perform an original song inspired by a music legend and record an introduction about their musical influence. (All contest entries must be uploaded to the Rock Hall’s YouTube Groups page). Read the complete contest rules at