16 unsigned artists. 4 rounds. 1 cover. On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, Rolling Stone magazine kicked off their inaugural Do You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star? Contest. Read more about it here and how it all works here.
According to the site, “the winner of the contest will be announced on the August 1st episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band will go on to make their live television debut on the program.”
Unfortunately, Round 1 of voting is over. You can still find out about the 16 bands by listening to their stuff and reading their Q&As here. 8 will advance to Round 2. 4 will be chosen by the public and 4 by Rolling Stone editors and industry professionals.
Next Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the 8 that make it to Round 2 will be unveiled. Round 2 will be based solely on public voting.
Austin-based acts, Ume and Jamestown Revival are among the 16 unsigned acts. If they make it to Round 2, you can vote for them, then. I’m partial to Ume as they were a 2010 popolio SXSW pop quiz Artist. Fingers crossed that Austin will represent in Round 2. Stay tuned and SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!