Your friends at JanSport invite you to take part in our biggest contest of the year: JanSport Battle of the Bands. The JanSport Battle of the Bands contest gives your favorite band the chance to play the Sonicbids Official SXSW party, presented by JanSport, this March 2011 in Austin, TX. Not only that, but the winning band will have their travel expenses covered by JanSport!

50 bands have been hand-picked by a panel of judges from JanSport and now you have the opportunity to help your favorite band get one step closer to hitting the stage at SXSW. Beginning today through December 20, visit www.jansport.com/battleofthebands once a day to cast a vote for your favorite band.

After this round of voting, the top 10 vote-getters will become finalists, but only one band out of these 10 will be named the JanSport Battle of the Bands Grand Prize Winner.

Don’t wait, vote here! Also be sure to visit JanSport’s Unzipped music blog for future event info and giveaways.

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