The Ritz Ybor and The Orpheum are combining their popular, annual battle of the bands competitions into one new event called the 7th Avenue Band Slam, the Ybor City concert venues announced this week.
Five bands will face off at The Orpheum each Thursday from July 10 to 24. The finals will take place Aug. 30 at The Ritz Ybor, with the winning band earning cash prizes and paid gigs.
The event’s organizers are searching for 15 bands of all genres to compete. Bands can sign up at yborbandslam.com before June 20.
Tampa band Dropin Pickup was crowned the winner of the 2013 Ritz Ultimate Bands Series.