Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vino's, Times and Arkansas State Fair to host 'Back Room to the Main Stage'

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM


Hey there all you musicians in the area, could you use a cool $1,000 and a 90-minute set playing in front of thousands of people at this year's State Fair?

Who am I kidding, of course you could. Well you are in luck, because Vino's, the Times and the Arkansas State Fair are hosting "Back Room to the Main Stage," in which three bands per night will compete on Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, with the winning band from each night going on to the final round, Sept. 20. Each night of the competition is at Vino's. The PA and sound guy are provided, but bands must bring their own gear.

The winner of the final round will nab the aforementioned stack of 10 hundos and will also bet to play a full set on Oct. 17.

The contest is open to any band. A cover song here or there is kosher, but most of the tunes should be original.

In order to get in on this action, you can either mail a CD to the address below (or drop one off) or email your songs to or You'll need to do this by Aug. 25, so get to it!

Here's that address:
Arkansas State Fair Office
ATT: Backroom to Main Stage Contest
2600 Howard Street
Little Rock, AR 72206

The full press release is included after the jump.

The "Backroom" to the "Main Stage" event
Vino's Brew Pub

Vinos "Backroom" will host three weeks of band competition beginning August 30, Sept 6 and
13 with finals on September 20, 2012. General public will have a $5 cover at the door per event
Grand prize: a 90 minute set on the 2012 Arkansas State Fair Main Stage with a $1000.00 cash
performance fee on college night, October 17, 2012.

(3) young or progressive rock bands will perform a 45 minute set each night beginning at 8pm.
There will be no band entry fee.
All bands provide their own backline.
House PA and sound engineer provided.
A sample CD is required for selection and may be sent to or dropped off at:

Arkansas State Fair Office
ATT: Backroom to Main Stage Contest
2600 Howard Street
Little Rock, AR 72206
Deadline for entry is August 25th, 2012

Contest: There will be a panel of (3) judges with a decision weight of 25% each. The final 25%
will be decided by the audience in the form of written ballot collected at the show

For information:
email: or
web: or
facebook: vino's live music

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