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Duende A.M.P Fest issues a call to musicians in all genres

DUENDEPLUSDuende A.M.P Fest issues a call to musicians in all genres

Pompano Beach Amphitheatre to feature Most AMPed Band and ARTwar!

       BROWARD COUNTY, FL — Pompano Beach Amphitheater (the A.M.P.) is proud to be participating in Broward 100’s Duende. In preparation for the grand finale weekend of the county’s centennial, Broward 100 and the A.M.P. are issuing a Call to Musicians to participate in the Most AMPed Band contest in Duende A.M.P. Fest. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

Bands are encouraged to upload their videos to where submissions will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. The top 10 bands will be performing at the amphitheater as part of Duende A.M.P. Fest on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The winning band will be the opening act for the evening’s headliners. For more details about this free event for the community please visit,

“We are looking to showcase South Florida’s best musicians and bands during this finale of Broward’s centennial celebration,” said Byron Swart, artistic director of Pompano Beach Arts.

“Leading industry professionals from Live Nation, AEG, Audacity Records and other notables will judge the entrants and select the 10 finalists and winner. We are encouraging all genres and we look forward to discovering some amazing talent!”

How to Enter:

  1. Upload a video of you/your band performing (PG please) to YouTube by Wednesday, Sept. 23;
  2. Upload your link to The A.M.P.’s Facebook’s page at
  3. Send the link, your portfolio (short bio, photo for promotion, samples of music, website/social media links to with subject line A.M.P. Finale

The top 10 bands will perform on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 3-6 p.m. At that time, judges will determine the winning band that will open for the event’s featured performers including Sammy Figueroa, Otis Cadillac, The Jason Taylor Foundation’s Bluapple Poetry Network and Body & Soul Dance Theatre.

Duende A.M.P Fest will also feature ARTwar! Canvas against canvas, 12 local visual artists will pit concept, technique, brush strokes, paints and creation against one another. Watch and cheer for your favorite artist as an exhibition of the creative process unfolds be-fore your eyes. Each artist will be allotted 45 minutes to demonstrate their talents, creating a new work of art that will determine whether they move onto the next round or are simply eliminated.

ARTwar! will feature an array of noted artists including FRIKS84, Anthony Hernaddez, Gabriela Martinez, Lori Pratico, Rei Ramirez, FIFTY-THREE, Ivan Roque, SURGE, Todd the Painter and Ruben Ubiera. Judges include Julia Black Andrews, executive director for Coral Springs Museum of Art; Leah Brown, co-director, FATVillage Arts District; Peter Symons, co-director, FATVillage Arts District; and a representative from Jerry’s Artarama. The winning artist will receive $1,000 in supplies from Jerry’s Artarama.

For further details contact Byron Swart at

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