The seven-week competition started Aug. 4 with eight regional Latin bands competing for a $5,000 cash prize to be awarded Sept. 15.
ATLANTIC CITY — Showboat Atlantic City is celebrating Latino music and culture with its first-ever Latin Battle of the Bands at Backstage Lounge.
The seven-week competition began Aug. 4 and includes eight regional bands competing in an elimination format for a $5,000 grand prize.
The bands competing include Banda Suprema, Randy Pagan, Chucky Santo, Grupo Sentimiento, Eddy Perez, Grupo Alcance, Arturo el Brillante and Jamin el Fuego de la Bachata.
Since the competition started, two bands square off each Thursday and are judged on such criteria as originality, sound, crowd participation, performance and stage presence.
The quarterfinals are this Thursday, Sept. 1, and the semifinals are the following Thursday, Sept. 8. The championship round will take place Sept. 15, and will be judged by a local radio host, a Latin-music concert promoter and a representative from Showboat Atlantic City.
The band deemed the winner will receive the grand prize at 1:45am.
DJ Bebo will be spinning starting 9pm the night of the championship, and the first band will go on from 11:30pm-12:15am. The second band will perform from 12:45-1:30am.
“Backstage has become a premier entertainment venue, having featured free concerts by big-named bands and talent such as the Gin Blossoms and Live’s Ed Kowalczyk,” says Jason Spencer, regional director of entertainment for Caesars Entertainment.
“Natural progression for a venue like Backstage brought us to the idea of hosting Atlantic City’s Battle of the Latin Bands … [and] judging by the response we had last Thursday, fans and onlookers aren’t shy about voicing their favorites, which is great because audience participation is one of the competition’s five categories.”
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