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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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The Battle of the Boroughs is back for its fourth year! We put out the call for our citywide talent quest and hundreds of New York City's best emerging artists answered — bands and ensembles of all genres, instrumentalists, vocalists and DJs.

The Greene Space team whittled the submissions down to 64 acts representing all five boroughs. Now, these artists will do battle (see schedule below) for a chance to represent their borough in The Ultimate Battle on June 21. They'll compete not only for bragging rights, but prizes that are a dream for any aspiring artist: a featured concert in The Greene Space; a guest artist appearance at the famed Apollo Theater's Amateur Night; a live video webcast of their performance; a professional, multi-track recording session; a Tekserve package, including iPads; a professional photo shoot; and a produced music video.

Award-winning WQXR host Terrance McKnight returns as Battle series emcee. He'll be joined by an esteemed panel of judges, including: Geri Allen, pianist; John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck; Wes Jackson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; Christian McBride, bassist and composer; Nona Hendryx, singer, songwriter, and producer; Franco Iemmello, Capitol Records; Chris Bannon of WNYC; Mike Rinzel of WQXR; Steve Pageot, Grammy Award-winning composer; and Hakim Bell, producer and songwriter.

Thanks to all the incredible artists who submitted to this year's quest. The entries left us inspired and were a testament to the excellence, range, diversity and vibrancy of New York's arts and music scene. And now (drum roll, please) we're excited to announce the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs contestants below. Let's get ready to battle!

Battle: Friday, February 1

Battle: Friday, March 1

Battle: Friday, April 5 

Battle: Friday, May 3

Battle: Friday, June 7 



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Mar. 07 2013 02:38 PM
Aljam Smith from Brooklyn

Greetings, my name is Aljam from Aljam and the Reggaelution Band featured in the 2 month run Off-Broadway reggae play "Driving on the Left Side"(Blackbird Prod) and Boston's first reggae Cabaret "One Love"(Tempest Theatrical Group) and the PBS movie "American Love Story" by Jennifer Folks. How can we participate in your program, not to compete but to perform. I also host a radio program on 93.5fm every Wed at mid-night "The Greenzone Radio Exp". or wvipfm.com which reaches the tri-state areas and parts of Boston. Once I am performing I will advertise the event free of charge. My # is 917-273-3456
Thanks for your time. One Love, Aljam

Mar. 07 2013 12:13 PM

i will be representing the Bronx on April 5 at the battle of the boroughs at the Greene space...vote vote vote for original jazz song,'chasing rainbows'!!!!

Mar. 04 2013 11:28 AM
Al-Lisha Burns from Bronx, New York

Hey, my name is Al-Lisha Burns and i will be performing as a contestant for the 4th season of Battle of the Boroughs on April 5th in the Bronx.

Mar. 03 2013 05:26 PM
Stef from Manhattan

Got lucky enough to get in to the Brooklyn evening thru a friend. But how does one get tickets for these events without "connections"?

Feb. 04 2013 11:40 AM

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