Breaking: Langerado 2011 has been canceled.
Yesterday, revived South Florida music festival Langerado announced the final 15 bands for its Last Band Standing competition. In conjunction with indie MP3 sharing site PureVolume, the band bout pitted 159 upstart acts against each other for an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform alongside festival headliners Death Cab for Cutie, Ween and the Trey Anastasio. The final 15 bands ascended to the second round of the three yesterday by accumulating the most fans and plays of songs on their corresponding PureVolume profiles.
Of the 15 contenders, there are four South Florida acts which we cast our most unabashed biased support towards -- Boca Raton's soulful beach-lovers Mineo, the keyboard-driven Jacob Jeffries Band from Fort Lauderdale, Miami garage rockers Lil Daggers, and Miami pop-punk act Jacob's Ladder.
Mineo is fresh off a successful album release show for Beach Season -- selling out the house at Boca Raton micro-brewing live music hotspot Funky Buddha. Gifted singer Mike Mineo and his band hope to pack the rafters again in Miami, where it has an album release show for the 305 scheduled at South Beach's Kill Your Idol on Saturday, September 17. [In the interest of full disclosure, the writer of this very piece has assisted Mineo with booking and PR matters from time to time.]
Jacob Jeffries is bound to be a favorite considering the home field advantage he posses with Langerado taking place in Markham Park. His troupe is putting the final touches on their fourth album. Our 2008 Best of Broward Palm Beach winner for Best Live Band is always on the grind touring up and down the east coast, just this week alone the honeyed singer will be making stops in Atlanta and Tampa.
Both Lil Daggers and Jacob's Ladder have pulled followings that extend far past the confines of Miami-Dade, as well.
Voting can be done by going to the PureVolume Langerado page and entering your email address next to your favorite act. Warning, you can only vote once per IP address, so be wise and spread to word (or borrow some laptops for extra votes.) Voting ends September 20. Also worth noting, those entering their emails will also be entered in a drawing for free Langerado tickets. It's a real no brainer -- support the scene and who knows maybe win your way in.
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The three acts with the most votes move on to round three, a final face-off in a still undisclosed venue somewhere in Sunrise two days before Langerado gets underway on October 8 and 9. Here they will perform to a panel of industry "experts" who will choose, cue the horns: THE LAST BAND STANDING.
Langerado Music Festival 2011. With Death Cab for Cutie, Trey Anastasio Band, Ben Harper, Thievery Corporation, Ween, Arctic Monkeys, G. Love & Special Sauce, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Wolfgang Gartner, Etienne De Crecy, the Glitch Mob, Ghostland Observatory, Das Racist, Portugal. The Man, Friendly Fires, Childish Gambino, Smith Westerns, Super Mash Bros., Conspirator, Savoy, Mates of State, the Whigs, Yuck, Metropolis, Keys N Krates, Two Fresh, RAC DJs, Lance Herbstrong, HOTTUB, Bobby Lee Rogers, the Heavy Pets, Nicos Gun, a Million Pieces, Nic Cowan, Bear Cub, K. Flay, Rachel Goodrich, and the Kingston Springs. October 8 and 9. Advance tickets cost $150. Click here.