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Instaband 2.0@GROOVE U

 

 
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About

Becoming an instant band is the grand prize in this amazing contest — Instaband!

The best high school bands in central Ohio will compete to win a recording contract complete with a studio EP, music video, and concert booking support.

Students enrolled in the revolutionary music career program at GROOVE U are producing this one-of-a-kind contest through two rounds. From the pool of submissions, judges will select 20 of Ohio's top bands to advance to the Semifinals at GROOVE U. Semifinalists will record two original songs in a live studio environment. Audio and video of the semifinal performances will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for industry judge and fan voting. Semifinal and final winners are determined by a combination of 60% experienced music industry judges and 40% audience voting. During the semifinals, fan-vote will be determined by the amount of YouTube video likes received in a 48-hour period.

The top 10 bands from the semifinal rounds will advance to the Finals and perform in front of a live audience at King Avenue 5 on Friday February 23, 2018. During the finals round, fan-vote will be determined by an in-person fan-vote. 

Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit WCBE 90.5 FM and the GROOVE U Scholarship fund.

READ ME TOO!

  • Instaband is open to all central Ohio high school artists, just follow the rules.
  • All types of performers are accepted — solo artists, duos, trios, and of course bands.  However, performers have to perform with live instrumentation.  I.e., no karaoke.  Rap/Hip-Hop and EDM can use prerecorded beats in their live performance, provided the beats are original compositions.
  • All genres are accepted — pop, rock ‘n roll, rap, metal, hip-hop, singer/songwriter, country, trance/electronica, Christian/gospel, etc.
  • Create an .mp3, link to existing content (E.g., Sonicbids, Bandcamp, Soundcloud), or link to a video (E.g., YouTube, Vimeo) for your two song submission. One of your submissions can be a cover but keep in mind only original music will be accepted for the Semifinals and Finals rounds
  • Register using the online form and submit your material for consideration.  Make sure you don’t miss the deadline of Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM!
  • If you are selected as a semifinalist, you will be notified via email.
  • Before you show-up to perform consider how your gear will “plug-and-play” with the backline.

Tips

  • Your submission is not judged on quality, but the better you can make your recording the more likely it is the judges will “get it”.
  • If your submission includes one cover, keep it interesting by bringing your own unique style to it.
  • Practice, practice, practice! Great performances are so well-rehearsed they are part of the performer’s subconscious. The more you practice, the better your performance will be.
  • Keep in mind that if you are selected, you will only have 10 minutes to perform, so pick your best songs. Also keep in mind that you may only perform original songs if you are selected.
  • Get your friends to come to your live show.  Because 40% of the voting depends on the audience, the more fans you bring to the finals the better your chances of winning.
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Schedule

     SEMI-FINALS

February 2-3, 2018
Time: Individually Scheduled with the Artists. 

@ GROOVE U Creative Campus
5030 Bradenton Avenue, Dublin OH 43017 

 

FINAL COMPETITION

Friday February 23, 2018
Doors 6:30PM • Performances 7PM 

@ King Avenue 5
945 King Avenue Columbus, OH 43201    


     **ALL TICKETS SOlD OUT**
We apologize there will be absolutely no door sales prior to 8:00 PM.
After 8PM, we will have a "one-in/one-out" policy.

 

King Avenue 5 has complimentary on-site parking. Capacity is limited and is standing room only. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance as this event has sold out in the past. Kitchen and bar service will be available. If you require seating for any reason, please contact sarah@grooveu.net and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Beneficiaries

Thanks to the generous support of music fans here in central Ohio, GROOVE U, through the Instaband high school battle of the bands competitions, has donated more than $10,000 to nonprofits that offer music-related youth programs.

About our 2018 Beneficiaries:

 

WCBE 90.5 FM is central Ohio's original NPR station offering the most creative, innovative independent and network programming across the spectrum of journalism, music, fiction, culture, and art. WCBE is committed to partnering with listeners and local organizations to better our community's cultural and educational landscape and improve humanity through our airwaves!

 

 

 

A portion of the proceeds also benefit the GROOVE U Scholarship Fund. 

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GROOVE U music career program awards scholarships to current students for academic excellence and entrepreneurial accomplishments.  Students starting their own business can apply for a scholarship to file their business with the Ohio Secretary of State.


Semifinals Judges

  George Barrie   George Barrie first picked up a guitar at age 10 -- “my dad’s old ’60s red Fender Duo-Sonic II” -- shortly before his parents moved from Oklahoma City to central Ohio.  The Capital University graduate, who since 2008 has made music with the jazz- and hip-hop-flavored Columbus party band Mojoflo, also is the founder and lead singer of The George Barrie Band: a namesake blues-rock trio. George Barrie Band is a Columbus fan-favorite!  You can catch him live...  w/ The George Barrie Band Feb 16 at Rumba Cafe and Mar 5 at Woodlands Tavern  w/ MojoFlo Mar 10 at Natalie's and Mar 17 at Notes

George Barrie

George Barrie first picked up a guitar at age 10 -- “my dad’s old ’60s red Fender Duo-Sonic II” -- shortly before his parents moved from Oklahoma City to central Ohio.

The Capital University graduate, who since 2008 has made music with the jazz- and hip-hop-flavored Columbus party band Mojoflo, also is the founder and lead singer of The George Barrie Band: a namesake blues-rock trio. George Barrie Band is a Columbus fan-favorite!

You can catch him live...

w/ The George Barrie Band Feb 16 at Rumba Cafe and Mar 5 at Woodlands Tavern

w/ MojoFlo Mar 10 at Natalie's and Mar 17 at Notes

  Tony Casa   Tony Casa is an Italian American hailing from the Hilltop in Columbus, OH. He is a full time entertainer and event planner. Tony is the founder/manager of Columbus band Zoo Trippin', as well as the founder/manager of local annual festival Columbus Covers Columbus.                     

Tony Casa

Tony Casa is an Italian American hailing from the Hilltop in Columbus, OH. He is a full time entertainer and event planner. Tony is the founder/manager of Columbus band Zoo Trippin', as well as the founder/manager of local annual festival Columbus Covers Columbus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Johnny DiLoretto   Johnny DiLoretto is a longtime Columbus media personality who has amused audiences since 1998 when he began writing irreverent movie reviews for  The Other Paper . Shortly after that he made a distinct impression on local TV audiences when he became ABC 6 and FOX 28's nighttime entertainment reporter.  In 2006 Johnny turned viewers on to the many amazing people and places of central Ohio on the morning broadcast, Good Day Columbus, in his distinctly off-the-cuff style. Over the years, Johnny has taken great pride in co-hosting and co-producing   Cinema Classics for  WCBE.     

Johnny DiLoretto

Johnny DiLoretto is a longtime Columbus media personality who has amused audiences since 1998 when he began writing irreverent movie reviews for The Other Paper. Shortly after that he made a distinct impression on local TV audiences when he became ABC 6 and FOX 28's nighttime entertainment reporter.

In 2006 Johnny turned viewers on to the many amazing people and places of central Ohio on the morning broadcast, Good Day Columbus, in his distinctly off-the-cuff style. Over the years, Johnny has taken great pride in co-hosting and co-producing  Cinema Classics for WCBE.



 

  Joey Gurwin      More than just a name on a Tee Shirt. Joey Gurwin is well known for his skills as a producer. Bringing a synthesis of old style traditional recording techniques with a modern twist. Joey Focuses on great records. He has worked with multiple Grammy winning artists, multiple Billboard charting artists, as well as local, national, and international acts. Joey's main goal is the allow the personality of the artist and their music shine through the engineering

Joey Gurwin

 

More than just a name on a Tee Shirt. Joey Gurwin is well known for his skills as a producer. Bringing a synthesis of old style traditional recording techniques with a modern twist. Joey Focuses on great records. He has worked with multiple Grammy winning artists, multiple Billboard charting artists, as well as local, national, and international acts. Joey's main goal is the allow the personality of the artist and their music shine through the engineering

  Nick D'Andrea    Nick D'Andrea hails from Columbus, OH. He started writing songs at age 16 and spent the next decade creating home recordings and pursuing a career in education. Four years ago, he decided to chase music full time and formed Nick D' & the Believers with two friends. Since then, they released 4 EP's, toured extensively and had songs featured over a dozen times on network television.   In 2016 he formed a new project, Doc Robinson, with Columbus based singer-songwriter Jon Elliott of The Floorwalkers. They released their debut EP Golden Daze in November, then released their first LP Deep End in July of 2017.   

Nick D'Andrea

Nick D'Andrea hails from Columbus, OH. He started writing songs at age 16 and spent the next decade creating home recordings and pursuing a career in education. Four years ago, he decided to chase music full time and formed Nick D' & the Believers with two friends. Since then, they released 4 EP's, toured extensively and had songs featured over a dozen times on network television. 

In 2016 he formed a new project, Doc Robinson, with Columbus based singer-songwriter Jon Elliott of The Floorwalkers. They released their debut EP Golden Daze in November, then released their first LP Deep End in July of 2017.

 

 

Finals Judges 

 
  Ailsa Prohn   Growing up in a musical household, Ailsa has been involved in music since she was five years old. Throughout her childhood, she studied voice, piano, violin, and guitar and was inspired to study music at the collegiate level. Ailsa holds a Bachelors degree in music from Capital University, where she sang in the Chapel Choir, with the Capital University Big Band, and in numerous other ensembles. While at Capital, she received training in both classical and jazz voice as well as piano, and worked as a conservatory tutor for jazz and classical theory. Since graduation,     Ailsa has been working as an entertainment booking agent at Class Acts Entertainment, and has experience in working with local, regional, and national artists. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons and holds a choir position at Christ Church Anglican in Columbus."

Ailsa Prohn

Growing up in a musical household, Ailsa has been involved in music since she was five years old. Throughout her childhood, she studied voice, piano, violin, and guitar and was inspired to study music at the collegiate level. Ailsa holds a Bachelors degree in music from Capital University, where she sang in the Chapel Choir, with the Capital University Big Band, and in numerous other ensembles. While at Capital, she received training in both classical and jazz voice as well as piano, and worked as a conservatory tutor for jazz and classical theory. Since graduation,

 

Ailsa has been working as an entertainment booking agent at Class Acts Entertainment, and has experience in working with local, regional, and national artists. She also teaches private voice and piano lessons and holds a choir position at Christ Church Anglican in Columbus."

  Lydia Brownfield   Lydia spent many years honing her craft in Atlanta, opening for artists such as Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Case, Shawn Mullins and Indigo Girls, as well as playing shows with her band in the area’s top clubs.   Before settling in Columbus, Lydia became a regular performer in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, and began a recording career that has continued through the 2017 release of the single "Broken".      Brownfield keeps several projects going; the new  Quiet Stars , a duo with long-time partner Jeff Dalrymple, has just begun playing locally and will have a new release in the coming months. Her experimental music project,  Lower , keeps thing interesting and allows her to explore the more "anti-pop" soundscapes, and her band the  Jagged Hearts  satisfies the need to rock out with her friends at her favorite clubs.  She plays shows frequently either solo or with one of her ongoing projects.

Lydia Brownfield

Lydia spent many years honing her craft in Atlanta, opening for artists such as Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Case, Shawn Mullins and Indigo Girls, as well as playing shows with her band in the area’s top clubs. 

Before settling in Columbus, Lydia became a regular performer in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, and began a recording career that has continued through the 2017 release of the single "Broken". 

 

Brownfield keeps several projects going; the new Quiet Stars, a duo with long-time partner Jeff Dalrymple, has just begun playing locally and will have a new release in the coming months. Her experimental music project, Lower, keeps thing interesting and allows her to explore the more "anti-pop" soundscapes, and her band the Jagged Hearts satisfies the need to rock out with her friends at her favorite clubs.

She plays shows frequently either solo or with one of her ongoing projects.

  Timothy Eddings   Timothy has worked in the music business since his teens in the late 80’s as a promoter, manager, agent, tour manager & executive producer.  He managed severalartists including Lovedrug, Denison Witmer, The Myriad & he even got a gold record for his work with Relient K.  He currently owns Celebrity Etc presents who have done thousands of Columbus concerts at venues like Skully’s Music Diner & Little Brothers.  Currently they are the in house promoters at Rumba Cafe, Musica in Akron & The Athenaeum Theater.

Timothy Eddings

Timothy has worked in the music business since his teens in the late 80’s as a promoter, manager, agent, tour manager & executive producer.  He managed severalartists including Lovedrug, Denison Witmer, The Myriad & he even got a gold record for his work with Relient K.  He currently owns Celebrity Etc presents who have done thousands of Columbus concerts at venues like Skully’s Music Diner & Little Brothers.  Currently they are the in house promoters at Rumba Cafe, Musica in Akron & The Athenaeum Theater.