Scallop Fest battle of the bands now accepting submissions


An online battle of the bands will bring four finalists to the stage at the Florida Scallop and Music Festival in September. The winning band will receive $1,000 and will open for the national headliner during the 2015 festival.

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Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

Get ready to rock at this year’s Florida Scallop and Music Festival.

In addition to the vendors, the games, the attractions and of course, the scallops, the biggest draw of the festival is the music. In an effort to turn this year’s event up to 11, coordinators are hosting an online battle of the bands that will culminate in four finalists performing live on the opening night of the 18th annual festival, which runs Sept. 12-14.

At last year’s festival, 11 bands took the stage at George Core Park and entertained an audience of 2,500 over three nights.

“We want to bring in talent from outside of the area,” said Rick Ott, a coordinator of the battle of the bands. “We want to expose outside musicians to the area, and the area to outside musicians.

“It’s a win-win situation.”

Bands and singers from across the U.S. can submit their music online for consideration at

The entry fee is $5 and artists have until Tuesday, July 15 to submit their tunes and a bio.

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