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Calling all local bands, this event is for you

Best of Summer event at Kohler Arts CenterLakeland College is partnering with The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Paradigm Coffee & Music, Monument Music, Midwest Communications and The Sheboygan Press, to search for the best band this summer in an online video contest, with our online users choosing the top finalists. Finalists will compete at the Best of Summer concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 6-10 p.m. at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

The contest is open to all bands and duos within 60 miles of the Arts Center at 608 New York Ave, Sheboygan, WI 53081. To be eligible, at least one band member must live within that radius. All participating bands and performing individuals considered for submission may not be signed by a major recording label and bands must perform original music—no cover bands. See the official contest rules for more information.

Eligible bands and duos can submit a video of ONE of their songs to the Arts Center by way of the YouTube platform, see "Submitting a video" instructions on our website at All entries must be received by June 30 and voting ends on July 31. On July 1, the Arts Center will put band videos online and give you a chance to check out the videos from area bands and vote for your favorite. Voting starts Tuesday, July 1.

Ready to enter? Click here!

Video content can be footage taken at live performances, just jamming out in the basement, or an image slide show or still photo. If the band does not appear in the video, a band photo must be submitted as well. Please email .jpg, .jiff, or .pdf to .

The top bands will perform live on the M.I.K.E. stage at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center on Thursday, August 21, 2014, and will be featured in a special section in the Sunday, August 16 edition of the Sheboygan Press. One winner as determined by the audience and a panel of judges at the Best of Summer Concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014 will receive an extensive, promotional prize package including but not limited to on-air promotion by a local radio station, a professionally written press release about your band and your success in the competition, one free hair cut for each member of the band courtesy of Salon Tula, one free four hour recording session by Monument Music, one complimentary photo shoot, a live CD recording of your performance at the Best of Summer event, and more!

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