Final Round of Voting in maurices "Hometown Sound" Band Search Open
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:53:24
The final round of voting has opened for the top four bands vying for votes in the maurices "Hometown Sound" nationwide band search. The leading hometown specialty store and fashion authority developed the search in partnership with PlayNetwork and Sonicbids. maurices announced that pop and alternative rock singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana has joined the campaign as another partner artist.
Along with hot global electro-soul popsters Graffiti6 and Grammy-winning rock band Evanescence, music from Ximena will be featured in all maurices stores during the final round of the competition. The partner artists will also promote "Hometown Sound" to their fans, while explaining their experiences and offering advice to the contestants in "behind the scenes" interviews available on the contest microsite.
"I'm so happy to be part of this contest that supports aspiring musicians and also for the opportunity to play at South by Southwest 2012," says Ximena. "Both Austin and SxSW hold sentimental value for me, since that's where I made my US musical debut three years ago. To be back there as a partner artist for Hometown Sound is an honor."
A panel of industry experts selected the top four bands from the top 50. The top four bands from all over the U.S. represent a wide range of musical style. The finalists are: Grace Weber from Milwaukee, Wis.; Reverse Order from Hackettstown, NJ, Blue Bird from Omaha, Neb.; and Katrina Stone from Denver, Colo. Hackettstown? That's awesome. We love Jersey.
From today through March 4, 2012, fans can vote for their favorite band by visiting their local maurices store and scanning the QR code or by visiting mauricesmusic.sonicbids.com. The band receiving the most votes will win maurices "Hometown Sound."
Lisa Bartlett, maurices assistant vice president of marketing, says, "the four bands competing in this final round are not only amazingly talented, but their sound also fits perfectly with the maurices brand. We are so excited to see who wins and for that band to get the career-changing opportunity to play at SXSW."
The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Los Angeles to shoot a music video with PlayNetwork. They'll also receive gifts from maurices, as well as the opportunity to perform at a maurices branded daytime showcase at SxSW in Austin, Texas in March, 2012, with Graffiti6 and other select partner artists.
Are you going to vote?