Calling all Bands

August 16, 2007 at 7:46 pm (Upcoming Events) (, )

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With all the hype on American Idol in recent years, we got to thinking… What ever happened to the old school “Battle of the Bands” contest? One where garage bands, basement bands, and putting off your homework to practice the drums bands could play their hearts out and the winner was determined by whoever made the audience scream the loudest. Well that’s exactly what we are bringing back with Virgin Megastore’s Battle of the Bands. At the beginning of next week, on August 20, Virgin Megastores will begin scouring the country for the best high school and college bands to compete in our national Battle of the Bands. For more information, just follow the link found on our Social Mashup. If you think you’ve got a shot, go ahead and submit your band by dropping off a copy of the band’s bio and original music at any Virgin Megastore, or you can submit your band online at www.virginmegamashup.com.
Submissions will be taken from August 20th until the 31st and chosen bands will get to battle inside their local Virgin Megastore (either New York City, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles or San Francisco). True to form, winners will be chosen by whoever makes the audience scream the loudest – starting September 24th, fans will get to vote in Virgin Megastores and online at VirginMegaMashup.com for the best band chosen from each city. This might be an old school Battle, but the prize is no old school gift card. The grand prize winner will get a free trip to meet with A&R reps from immergent Records, an evening with Virgin Execs, and a Virgin Megastore consignment deal…

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With Love, From Virgin:

August 3, 2007 at 12:00 am (Virgin Unite) (, )

Last month Virgin Unite hosted their Rock the Kasbah event as a fundraiser for Sir Richard Branson’s mother, Eve’s charitable projects in rural Morocco. Believing that positive change can occur through investments that support economic growth, Richard Branson launched Virgin Unite a few years ago. Virgin Unite pulls together all the resources of the Virgin Group internationally and, most importantly, Virgin’s best asset – its people – to tackle some of the world’s tougher challenges, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB. The stage was set at The Roosevelt Hotel, which is one of the swankest spots in Hollywood (with what is hands down the hottest daytime pool party/lounge on the weekends). On Virgin’s night, however, set against a backdrop of Moroccan décor, there were belly dancers, pomegranate martinis, a British Knight riding atop a white stallion (all in a day’s work for Sir Richard Branson), a DJ spinning, and a guest performance by Jewel that swayed from a soft, moving version of Hands to a searing performance of Who Will Save your Soul that finished to a standing ovation. Jewel is one of our ambassadors for Virgin Unite. She has teamed up with Unite, StandUp For Kids and YouthNoise to bring attention to the problem of youth homelessness.

I was more than glad to have been there, but am most enthused about the work Virgin Unite is doing. Make sure you check out their website for yourself, the Branson family’s Midas Touch extends well beyond Virgin’s profitable businesses and Eve has spent the last two years helping to promote entrepreneurial and income-generating projects in rural Morocco… A worthwhile thing to be part of.

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