Radio 92.9 looking for 21st annual EarthFest opener


EarthFestGreater Media announced its Radio 92.9 Boston is launching a search for the best local band to open up the 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest. Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka, this Battle of the Bands is now open and accepting submissions from local bands.

The 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on 5/17. Presented by Whole Foods Market, the family-friendly festival is the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.

Bands residing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are eligible to participate. Entries will be accepted at through 4/14. Each entry must include the name of the band, contact information and a link to a YouTube video of a performance or studio video. Thirty-two entries will be selected based on musicality, creativity, production and relevance to the format of the station.

Listeners will be able to vote for their favorite band from April 15-28, 2014. The eight bands with the highest vote totals will be invited to participate in the two semi-final live performance rounds, scheduled for early May in Boston. Two bands from each semi-final performance will be selected by a panel of judges to perform at the finals along with one “People’s Choice” artist, selected by station listeners. The five finalists will perform on 5/17 at the Hard Rock Café in Boston.

The winning band will have the opportunity to perform at 25-minute set as the opener of the 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest on 5/17. Judges for this year’s Battle of the Band competition include Sylvia Cunha of Do617; Melissa Farrington, director of promotions for Live Nation; several members from Island Records’ band Gentleman Hall; Diandra Lamas, marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza; Michael Fang, northeast director of promotions, Q Prime; and Michael Marotta of Do617.

The full line-up will be announced on 4/18.