Announcing the Battle of the Tech Bands 2

11/5/08Follow @wroush

Xconomy’s first Battle of the Tech Bands last January was such a huge success—with close to 350 people gathering to hear six local groups, from the pop/dub/electronica hipsters Deadbeat Darling to the sonically massive Souled Out Superband to the proudly cheesy indie pop rock band MacAlister Drive—that we’ve decided to do it again. Same place (the Middle East in Central Square, Cambridge), same date (January 22). So, calling all New England tech bands: It’s time to send us your demos!

Half of all ticket proceeds from the event will go to benefit local charities. Once again, the play-off is open to all bands (amateur and pro alike) with at least one member who works at a technology, life sciences, or tech-investment firm in New England. We’ve lined up some great local judges to help us select the final six bands who will perform on January 22, including World Champion Boston Celtics Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck, investor-musician Giles McNamee, and Harmonix Music Systems founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos.

If your band is selected, you’ll get to play for a big audience made of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, programmers, engineers, and musicians—and compete for some serious prizes, including free promotional services for your band from Nimbit. The audience will pick its favorite band, and a panel of Xconomy editors and select guests will do the same.

So join the battle and send us your MP3s now. Details on entering the contest are here—the deadline is Friday, December 12. Tickets for the event will go on sale soon.

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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