The Circle K Tempe Music Festival and SRP's search for the best garage band in Arizona is underway. Based on online polling at AZ Central, Collegetimes.com and judged live performances at Desert Ridge Marketplace and Tempe Marketplace, nine local high school and college garage bands have been chosen to advance to the next stage of the competition - playing in their very own American Idol-like interactive television show. The high school bands moving on are Black Antex, Fallen Adrift, Six Second Revival and The Turnarounds. The college bands moving on are The Season Premiere, The Dorsets, London Airspace, Captain Squeegee and Race You There.
All nine bands will perform this Sunday, March 15 from noon to 6p.m. at Alice Cooperstown for a live studio audience, celebrity judges and Cox Communications, who will be taping the entire program.
After the taping, the show - "Cox Rox" - will air on Cox7 on the following dates and times:
Monday, March 23 at 8 p.m., Cox cable channel 7
Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m., Cox cable channel 7
Saturday, March 28 at 9 p.m., Cox cable channel 7
Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m., Cox cable channel 7
While watching the competition, viewers will get a chance to vote for their favorites, courtesy of Cox's interACTIVETM technology. As each band plays, the viewer will be asked to vote for his or her favorite by pressing a button on the remote control.
After all four "Cox Rox" broadcasts, the votes will be tallied and winners will be determined, all of whom will get the chance to perform at the Circle K Tempe Music Festival, which is April 3 and 4 at Tempe Beach Park. Along with the chance to open for the event headliners on Friday and Saturday, the top high school and the top college band will also receive scholarships from SRP, tickets to the festival, a Dillard's shopping spree and other prizes.