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11th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands

In the 11th year of the Teen Battle of the Bands competition, the Jacksonville Public Library is taking it to the next level. This year’s competition will feature the same live show in Hemming Park, but if you want to play in the big league, you have to please the fans first. Not only do the contestants have to battle it out on the live stage, they have to first be chosen through an online voting process by fans. Bands will submit a video of their band playing via YouTube, then the videos will go up on the I Love JPL blog for fans to vote for their favorite. Last year’s live show attracted over 500 people to the audience and with all the buzz around the online voting, 2016 should be even bigger. Bands of all genres are welcome and encouraged to enter their video! We’ve had everything from alternative rock to reggae to jazz bands with instruments only. So grab your crew, a friend with an iPhone, and record a video for submission! You could earn a spot in our live show at Hemming Park October 8 and a performance spot at PorchFest!

Here’s what you do:

→Go to →Sign up Aug. 9 – Sept. 9 Read the rules, fill out the forms, and include a link to a YouTube video of your band. →Vote Sept. 12 – 23 Videos will be posted on the JPL blog Sept. 12. The public will vote for their favorite bands. →Play Oct. 8 If your band is selected, you will play in the finale at Hemming Park Main Stage October 8! Top three finishers in the finale will win a cash prize and a George's Music gift card! Don't forget to RSVP to our Facebook Event for updates!

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