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Ciph Boogie Crowned April Main Event Champ

OurStage hip hop acts Ciph Boogie and Skweeky Kleen squared off during the April round of the ESPN Main Event Competition. The rappers spent two weeks going toe to toe for a chance at the Grand Prize. In the end, Brooklyn native Ciph Boogie came out on top, successfully scoring a placement on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Tune in to ESPN2 this Saturday at 10:00 to hear his winning track featured on the show, and stop back in August when all the Main Event champs will return to battle for a feature on FNF’s Images of the Year.

Ria Takes El Headliner Glory In August

It is no small feat to become El Headliner; hundreds entered, thousands judged but only one artist came out shining above the rest. The Colombian-born, Miami-based singer/songwriter Ria brought her R&B-tinged pop music to the Tr3s Latin Music Channel and emerged as El Headliner for August. In addition to the inherent bragging rights and prestige of being El Headliner, Ria will be featured in Lo Que Te Pica, Music My Güey, Free Latin Music and Blogamole, courtesy of Tr3s. Having performed with legends such as Ruben Blades and fan-favorites like John Mayer, Ria undoubtedly has talent to spare.

 

Be sure to check out her songs on OurStage and in the playlist below, and keep your eyes peeled for her upcoming features on Tr3s and Tr3s.com as the month progresses. If you think you have what it takes to be the next El Headliner, get over to the Tr3s Latin Music Channel and show us what you’ve got!

 

Ladies Of OurStage Need Your Help To Promote Their Coolest Jams

The OurStage femme songwriting elite are putting forth their finest tracks this month for your listening pleasure and, of course, to snag a spot on our coveted “Ladies Love Cool Jams” Playlist. If you’re feeling generous, and in the mood to discover some cool new jams, then lend a hand and judge in the “Ladies Love Cool Jams” Competition by August 31st. The ladies of OurStage will totally be your bff’s.

A handful of the choicest cuts will be selected by the OurStage Editor At Large and served up as a free download to ENTIRE OurStage community. Check out who’s making waves in the playlist below.

Bergman Pazs Takes El Headliner Grand Prize In July

Roll out the red carpet and make way for July’s El Headliner. It was a long and hard fought battle, but in the end, the superior talents of Bergman Pazs were too much for the fans and competition judges to turn down. Not only will Pazs reign supreme as El Headliner for a month, but he’ll also score features on Lo Que Te PicaFree Latin MusicBlogamole and Music My Güey from Tr3s. A native of South America, Pazs relocated to Miami six years ago to kick off his solo career. Since then, he’s performed on the 2006 Latina Magazine Tour and toured with Bolivia pop-rock act Azul Azul.

Hit up Bergman Pazs on OurStage and don’t forget to stop back and check out his features on Tr3s and Tr3s.com later in the month. If you want a shot at the El Headliner crown in August, enter the Tr3s Latin Music Channel now!

Five Finalists Gear Up To Battle For The Sarasota Blues Fest Grand Prize

The Sarasota Blues Fest has been serving Floridians the choicest blues, soul and funk acts for over twenty years. This year they intend to continue the tradition, complete with one lucky Grand Prize winner from the “Sarasota Blues Fest” Competition on OurStage.

But first, the fans and judges had to select five of Florida’s finest blues folk to compete for that coveted gig. These final five know how to bring the blues, and will get the chance to prove it on August 13th when they play The Gator Club in Sarasota, Florida. Each act will show the crowd their stuff, and one will walk away with the Grand Prize. Check out each finalist and their tracks below, and stay tuned to find out who wins.

Here After

Four Star Riot

Selwyn Birchwood Band

Local Traffic

Level 10 Band

 

Priceless Piece Of Rock Memorabilia For The Taking – All You Need To Do Is Judge

Back in the good ol’ days, fans used to have to hang out backstage or stand in endless lines to catch so much as a glimpse of their fav rock icons, let along snag their autograph. We’re here to let you know that times have changed, friends. Judge in Guitar Center’s On Stage: Jane’s Addiction Competition by August 15th and you could win an Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature Acoustic / Electric Guitar signed by the members of Jane’s Addiction!

Who knew that snagging a piece of rock ˜n’ roll history could be so easy? You could also score a $100 Guitar Center gift card”awarded to one fan winner weekly. So what are you waiting for? Judge now.

Download August Editor Picks For Free On Facebook

We know the feeling. You start seeing all those ads for “Back to School” supplies. The first few leaves start turning yellow. You’re not drenched with sweat all the time. Yes, it’s official. The summer will soon start winding down, but don’t let that stop you from getting in one last awesome summer playlist! We’ve made it easy for you. Check out the OurStage Facebook page to download our hand-picked mix for free, or listen to it on 8tracks along with the past Editor Picks playlists. The best of OurStage is right at your fingertips, so what are you waiting for? Put on these tunes and keep the fall at bay for just a little bit longer.

Sleeperstar “We Go Tonight” – Just listen to that intro and try not to feel awesome. When the tension builds up through an insistent lead vocal line and ringing snare explodes into epic guitar riff, you’ll know what we mean.

Sarah Cripps “Getaway Car” – This tune’s bluesy guitar riffs and swaggering drum beat will make you want to take another swig of whiskey before your second round on that mechanical bull.

David Berkeley “Parachute” – Berkeley builds his clever wordplay around the perfect metaphor for a damaged relationship. Also, just try to resist the “ba ba bas.” Yep, you can’t.

Talain Rayne “Dear Sister, Your Brother” – Recipe for a sweet ode to childhood friends: two parts male-female harmonies, 1 part ukelele, and a pinch of shakers.

Adriana Sky “I’ll Find You” – Adriana Sky’s muscular guitar riffs and impassioned vocals will make you want to puff out your chest and pretend to belt into your hairbrush. Go ahead, we’re not watching.

Lost In Society “Not Afraid” – Punk’s not dead! Lost In Society are keeping it alive with their gravelly vocals and crunching power chords. All you need now is a mosh pit.

Old Wives’ Tale “Bliss” – The warbly synth and jangly guitar hook create an alternate reality where disco is somehow way cooler than it actually was.

The Niceguys “Things Ain’t The Same” – Over a slinky guitar line and a smooth bass groove, The Niceguys drop tight nostalgic rhymes about a past fling that now just isn’t the same.

 

This One's For The Ladies…

Contrary to popular belief, girls don’t just wanna have fun. Here at OurStage, they also wanna have a spot on one of our popular playlists.We’re looking for the best round-the-way girls for our upcoming Ladies Love Cool Jams Playlist, offered as a free download to the entire OurStage community! If that’s you, enter your best original song in the OurStage “Ladies Love Cool Jams” Competition by August 23, 2011. Sorry boys, this one’s just for our female artists and female-fronted bands.

We’ll comb through the entries and decide which of our songwriting sirens deserves a coveted spot on the Ladies Love Cool Jams Playlist. Don’t miss out on exposure to hundreds of thousands of music lovers”get in the game, girls!

Eligible genres include: pop, indie pop, modern rock, soft rock, indie rock, southern rock, funk, alternative, rock, alternative hip hop, hip hop and rap.

Ernie Ball To Give Jazz Artists The Hookup In August

As a jazz guitarist, rising above all those noisy horn players can be quite the challenge. That’s why you’ve got to come armed with fresh strings and fat tones. The tones? All on you brother. The strings? Yeah, we got that. Enter the OurStage Jazz Channel by August 23, and you could find yourself the recipient of a year’s supply of strings and accessories, courtesy of Ernie Ball. Cross those puppies of the shopping list for a whole year, friend.

 

Artists Enter To "Kickoff" This Year's KahBang Festival!

Life in Bangor, Maine is about to get a kick in the pants. Wonder why? In August, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, My Morning Jacket and Lupe Fiasco to name a few are convening on the city for a rockin’ film, music and arts festival known only as KahBang.

Want to join the party and help ignite the good times? Enter the Kickoff To KahBang Competition by July 23, 2011 and you could join the lineup! One Grand Prize Winner will win a performance at KahBang’s Kickoff Concert in Westmarket Square with The Gay Blades on August 6, 2011 along with passes to the entire festival. Fans can also join the fun. Beginning July 5, 2011, fans are eligible to win a pair of festival passes by ranking the best artists in the competition! Sound like a good time? Enter now.