CincyJams prizes include a coaching session with the family of Bootsy Collins
Photo by Mackenzie Frank © 2017 Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Play an instrument and know a colleague at work who plays another? Form a band and
learn two songs and you could win a paid performance on stage at BLINK ® , professional
coaching for your band, studio time, Cincinnati Music Festival passes, arts tickets and
more. That’s what’s in store with ArtsWave CincyJams, the Cincinnati region’s newest
Battle of the Bands competition.
CincyJams, presented by Accenture and emceed by 100.3’s Don Juan Fasho, is a
unique take on a Battle of the Bands. Employee bands from local companies will
compete on May 19 at The Hard Rock Casino. All genres are welcome, and admission
to the concert is completely free. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and
acquaintances. The more the merrier — especially since the audience will play a role in
Competing bands stand to win huge prizes. The “Fan Favorite” band will land a
performance at BLINK ® 2022, illuminated by ArtsWave. The family of funk legend
Bootsy Collins, a longtime Cincy arts supporter through the Bootsy Collins Foundation,
will offer a coaching session to the winner, covering everything from musical coaching,
voice projection, appearance and audience engagement. They’ll have a second session
with Drew Lachey, member of 98 Degrees and founder of Lachey Arts. Afterwards, the
winning band will get studio time with Cincinnati Music Accelerator to produce a vinyl
record with their winning music.
The “Fund Favorite” will also have the chance to play up on stage at BLINK ® , and their
band members and friends will receive passes to this year’s Cincinnati Music Festival,
with headliners Charlie Wilson and Janet Jackson.
Don’t play an instrument? Mark your calendar to come! Net proceeds will help support