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Finger Lakes Battle of the Girl Bands in January

Citing a curious absence of female musicians taking the stage in the central New York and Finger Lakes regions, three Ithaca businesses are organizing the Finger Lakes Girl Bands “Battle of the Bands”, which will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Registration for bands is free, and is open to female duos, trios, quartets, etc, and bands with a majority of female members. All musical genres are welcome. Admission to the Girl Bands Battle of the Bands is free, and open to all ages. It will be held at The Haunt at 702 Willow Avenue in Ithaca, starting at 6:00 pm. Registration and more information are available at www.fingerlakesgirlbands.org. The Girl Bands Battle of the Bands is being organized by McNeil Music of Ithaca, Angry Mom Records, and Pyramid Sound Studios.The winner will receive a free full-day recording session at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, and Angry Mom Records of Ithaca will produce 300 copies of a 7” vinyl record on the Angry Mom label free of charge. The Haunt is donating the facilities for the evening, while McNeil Music of Ithaca is donating organizational services. The total value of the day in the recording studio and record pressing is approximately $2,000.00. An “audience favorite” prize will also be awarded. Details of the audience favorite prize are still being finalized.The deadline for performers to register is December 1, 2012. Each registered band or group of performers will have 15 minutes on stage, and must perform original material. An in-house sound system will be provided, and volunteers will assist each act with set-up and tear-down. Each act will be judged on songwriting, musicianship, originality, enthusiasm, and attitude. The panel of judges will include three notable female musicians; Emmy award-winning composer/violinist/fiddler Judy Hyman; Elisa Sciscioli of Solstice, a soul/old school R&B/funk band; and Maddy Walsh of The Blind Spots, a rock band. The judging panel will also include Angry Mom Records Owner George Johann, and Alex Perialas, Owner of Pyramid Sound Studios. WICB Radio’s Local Music Director Karla Lopez and Promotions Director Cassandra Medcalf will act as hosts and emcees of the event. The grand prize and audience favorite winners will both be announced at the end of the night. The audience favorite award will be given to the band or performers who receive the most votes that evening.Battle of the Girl Bands organizer and McNeil Music Owner Eric Laine says despite the wealth of talented female musicians in the Finger Lakes region, he doesn’t see a lot of them on stage. Laine says, “The solution is two-fold. First, create a venue or platform for as many girl bands as possible to get on the same stage at the same time, and make a statement that there are incredibly talented female musicians in the Finger Lakes. The Girl Bands Battle of the Bands does that. But, getting their music out beyond the performance hall, and to the public, is also important. That’s why a day in the recording studio and a record pressing will do more for female musicians in the area, than a cash or other prize would. Angry Mom Records and Pyramid Sound Studios also recognize that, which is why they agreed to donate their time and services to the cause.”

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