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Fort Lauderdale Beach Summer Music Festival: Bikini Contest and 28 Bands

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Because one stage just isn't enough, three stages -- two indoor and one on the deck -- will offer a platform for 28 bands to perform. The variety of genres presented are sure to satisfy all sorts of fans, there's hip-hop, R&B, EDM DJ sets, punk, alt rock, and heavy metal.

If music isn't your thing -- and we can't imagine that's the case -- the bikini contest is sponsored by, a South Florida based movie project. The babe who most makes the crowd go wild goes home with $100 in her pocket, or bathing suit top, in this case. The winner also lands a small role in the movie along with a Bad Seeds T-shirt and headphones. Guest judges include Lista "Lucy" Faircloth, a Lucille Ball lookalike from the enduringly amusing I Love Lucy.

Needless to say, a few of the musicians are excited for the contest. "I think I wanna be a judge!" says Mike Romero, drummer for the Catacomb Crows. Hero, a hip-hop artist from Fort Lauderdale, agrees: "Hell, I want the front row and date with the winner."

Bottles Belafonte, whose musical elements include hip-hop, soul, and reggae, is approaching the show in a "make it or break it" sense. "All I have to say is this is my one and only opportunity to make an impression. I'm looking forward to all the different bands and performers, but more importantly, interacting with all the people coming out to check out the music."

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Natalya Jones