Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's Pure Madness.

This happens in Atlanta every year, and it's probably one of the best ways to get a taste of some up and coming artists around the area you don't already know about. What is it? Why, it's Open Mic Madness! I've been the past three years, and it's always a fun week of, well, madness, hence the name. Put on by Josh Rifkind (the same genius behind 500 Songs for Kids), the contest will take place at Smith's Olde Bar (admittedly my fav local venue) August 13-18.

Mr. Rifkind emailed me earlier this evening asking for my services as a judge, which I will gladly do again seeing as I had a blast doing it last year. He also informed me that he's still taking submissions from bands and solo artists. Which means that if you're not savvy on the music front, you can still send him your stuff. So, go do it! (I'll make it easy for's the link to submit.)

In case you need some kind of prompting, the 2003 winners were the Whigs, and uh, unless you've been under a rock, you know that they've been featured in Rolling Stone and got a pretty sweet record deal recently. And I'll attest to the fact that this is how I first learned of the Futurists, who may not have won, but are still on the fast track to being famous with that awesome sound of theirs and their pretty little faces.
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