Ralphie's Independence Day Blast announces next great band competition

Ralphie's Independence Day Blast wants to give local bands a huge break at the biggest event of the summer. The annual 4th of July fireworks committee announced today that it will launch a YouTube band competition to choose this year's opening act.

Bands can compete to entertain thousands of fans at the region's best fireworks show. The contest is open to any band that performs an original song with a Boulder connection. The contest is open to all genres: rock, country, pop, hip-hop, rap or something new - just make sure it's family friendly.

"Ralphie's Independence Day is an iconic event in Boulder, and people love coming here to celebrate the 4th of July," said Lew Kingdom of WK Real Estate, premier sponsor of the event. "This year we want to combine the biggest event of the summer with the 'I Love Boulder' campaign by inviting bands to join us in celebrating the cultural, traditional and happily unconventional characteristics of Boulder life.  It's an ideal theme for something we all love to attend." 

The winning band, or bands, will open the fireworks celebration to an estimated crowd of up to 40,000 people when the gates open. Runners up will see their music videos displayed on the Jumbo Tron at Folsom Field.

To enter, contestants must submit a YouTube video of the band performing its song. Tribute bands playing another artist's song will not be considered. Bands will be evaluated for musical ability and style; bonus points may be given for creativity.

Video submissions will be judged based on quality, a "Boulder connection", and the number of YouTube views by June 6, 2011. Obviously, self promotion to generate YouTube views is allowed. Multiple music video entries by the same artist are permitted. The Ralphie's Independence Day committee will make the final selection of band(s).

Submissions are due no later than noon on June 1, 2011.  Bands must grant written permission to play the video at Folsom Field, on Boulder municipal television stations, and event/sponsor websites as a requirement for submission.

Ralphie's Independence Day Great Band Competition guidelines:
To be considered for the YouTube music video contest and a chance to play at Folsom Field on July 4, submissions must be received by noon on June 1 and must include:

Band's name, address and phone number
Band's permission (copyright release) to air the music video at Folsom Field, on event/sponsor websites and City of Boulder communication platforms, including municipal channels 8 and 22
Songs must include the word "Boulder".
YouTube tags must include: "Boulder Colorado", "I Love Boulder", "Ralphie's Independence Day Blast"
Videos may not contain nudity, profanity, or depict illegal activity
Email a YouTube link for your music video along with band contact information to Cindy Schlager at WK Real Estate bands@wkre.com.

Finalists will be notified by June 10 and may be asked to perform a live audition.
Ralphie's Independence Day Blast, at Folsom Field, will be held July 4. Gates open at 8 p.m.

Ralphie's Independence Day Blast is hosted by the associates of WK Real Estate Real Estate, the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the City of Boulder.  Media Sponsors include the Daily Camera, and Boulder Channel 8.