National Band Competition hosted throughout Texas
Finalists to perform at ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Band of the Year 2012 today announced the launch of this year’s mega music event, inviting bands of all genres from around t he country to compete at the world famous ACL Live at The Moody Theater, for the title of Band of the Year 2012. The victor will perform during the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ race week in Austin, Texas this November.

Band of the Year 2012 was created in conjunction with Formula Expo as a way of bringing Americans together to share their love for music, motorsports and the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix.

The complete competition will take place over a period of 10 weeks, with 40 bands selected to perform in qualifying heats in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio starting this May. The top six bands from the 4 qualifying heats will go on to compete in front of 2,700 fans, agents, producers and industry celebrities starting at 7 p.m., June 16 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.
“Band of the Year is the opportunity for music groups to compete for a chance to be heard by top music professionals around the globe,” said Shane Walker, director of Band of the Year. “Not only will finalists have the chance to perform in one of the most historic venues in music, they will also compete to secure a performance during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix.”

Bands from across the nation are now invited to submit their promo packets for the chance to compete in the first round of competition. Contestants will be selected by an international panel of judges from the music industry including: David Loving, SVP & Regional Director Texas, Univision Television Group; David Lobel, founder of Diaspora Music Group; Danny Kahn, founder of Cross Road Management; Thiago Pellegrin, Business Intelligence Coordinator at NET Brazil; and Dave Weightman, composer and musician.

“Formula Expo is delighte d to work with Band of the Year to create an event showcasing the best in music,” said event Producer and Formula Expo President, Ian Weightman. “The Band of the Year finale, taking place Formula Expo weekend, will create a powerful fusion of music and motorsports in The Live Music Capital of the World.”

About Band of the Year 2012
In partnership with Formula Expo, Band of the Year 2012 is the premier event for bands of all genres to perform before music professionals and compete for the opportunity to promote their music nationally. Forty bands will be selected to perform live in Austin, Dallas, Houston or San Antonio, with six finalists performing at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater. Band of the Year 2012 was created in conjunction with Formula Expo as a way of bringing Americans together to share their love for music, motorsports and the upcoming Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix™. For more information visit:

About Formula Expo
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Formula Expo is one of the first organizations to create an exhibit and demonstration environment for anyone to become more closely connected with Grand Prix racing. With its inaugural event hosted in Austin June 15-17 during build-up to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, the organization is structured to replicate the event model in other geographies worldwide. For more information visit:


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